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
In the scene where Benicio Del Toro stops the car and has an "attack" with Tobey Maguire in the car, Maguire's hair seems different. According to Terry Gilliam's commentary on the Criterion Collection DVD, they shot this scene a few months after the scene where they first picked him up and could not get Maguire to shave his head for the wig. It would have cost $15,000 extra to put that in his contract initially but they opted not to because the movie was already becoming over budget. They ended up spending well over that using a bald cap and makeup effects, as well as using computer editing to erase the line on his forehead. See more »
The film is set in 1971. The Ford Maverick was first introduced as a 1970 model. Even in the hands of Raoul, there's no way a car less than two years old would be that rusted and weather beaten. Dented and smashed, of course, but that kind of paint damage takes a decade or more. See more »
We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like:
I feel a bit lightheaded. Maybe you should drive.
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:
Holy Jesus. What are these goddamn animals?
[swatting the air]
Huh! Huh! Huh! Fucking pigs.
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The credits literally scroll up the freeway. See more »
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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