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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  22 May 1998 (USA)
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An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades.



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The big-screen version of Hunter S. Thompson's seminal psychedelic classic about his road trip across Western America as he and his large Samoan lawyer searched desperately for the "American dream"... they were helped in large part by the huge amount of drugs and alcohol kept in their convertible, The Red Shark. Written by Laurence Mixson

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive extreme drug use and related bizarre behavior, strong language, and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 May 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Angst und Schrecken in Las Vegas  »

Box Office


$18,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,335,095 (USA) (22 May 1998)


£206,498 (UK) (13 November 1998)

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[first lines]
Raoul Duke: [narrating] We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like:
Raoul Duke: I feel a bit lightheaded. Maybe you should drive.
Raoul Duke: [narrating] Suddenly, there was a terrible roar all around us, and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car, and a voice was screaming:
Raoul Duke: Holy Jesus. What are these goddamn animals?
[swatting the air]
Raoul Duke: Huh! Huh! Huh! Fucking pigs.
Dr. Gonzo: Did you ...
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Crazy Credits

The Ralph Steadman drawings from the book are put in with the credits, along with the Gonzo & Duke in the Red Shark picture that takes up the whole screen at the end. See more »


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You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me
Composed by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Published by Warner Bros., Inc.
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Capitol Special Markets
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21 December 2004 | by (Washington, US) – See all my reviews

Love it so much it hurts. There are so many great lines, and moments. To many to count. Johnny Depp should have received an Oscar for it. His performance is nothing short of genius. I know there never will be, but a sequel would rock. Benicio Del Toro takes a great turn as the disturbed side-kick. I wonder if his character could even tell the difference between sobriety and being high. All of the cameos are a nice treat, especially the Flea one in the bathroom, " I s-p-i-l-l-e-d L-S-D o-n m-y s-h-i-r-t..." Tobey Maguire has a great scene as well, he actually looks quite believable as the sickly albino guy. I'd say it's nothing short of incredible.

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