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An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Johnny Depp ... Raoul Duke

Benicio Del Toro ... Dr Gonzo

Tobey Maguire ... Hitchhiker

Ellen Barkin ... Waitress at North Star Cafe

Gary Busey ... Highway Patrolman

Katherine Helmond ... Desk Clerk at Mint Hotel

Michael Jeter ... L. Ron Bumquist

Mark Harmon ... Magazine Reporter

Penn Jillette ... Carnie Talker

Craig Bierko ... Lacerda

Lyle Lovett ... Road Person

Flea ... Musician

Laraine Newman ... Frog-Eyed Woman

Harry Dean Stanton ... Judge

Tim Thomerson ... Hoodlum
Michael Lee Gogin ... Uniformed Dwarf

Larry Cedar ... Car Rental Agent - Los Angeles
Brian Le Baron ... Parking Attendant

Michael Warwick ... Bell Boy
Tyde Kierney ... Reporter

Richard Riehle ... Dune Buggy Driver
Ransom Gates ... Dune Buggy Passenger
Frank Romano ... Dune Buggy Passenger

Gil Boccaccio ... Desert Inn Doorman

Cameron Diaz ... Blonde TV Reporter
Gary Bruno ... Desert Inn Doorman

Richard Portnow ... Wine Colored Tuxedo

Steve Schirripa ... Goon

Verne Troyer ... Wee Waiter (as Verne J. Troya)
Will Blount ... The Black Guy
Ben Yeagar ... Clown Barker

Christopher Callen ... Bazooka's Circus Waitress

Christopher Meloni ... Clerk at Flamingo Hotel (as Chris Meloni)

Benjamin A. van der Veen ... TV Crew Man (as Ben Van Der Veen)

Alex Craig Mann ... Stockbroker

Christina Ricci ... Lucy

Gregory Itzin ... Clerk at Mint Hotel

Troy Evans ... Police Chief
Gale Baker ... Police Chief's Wife

Chris Hendrie ... Executive Director

Larry Brandenburg ... Cop in Back
Donald Morrow ... Voice of Drug Film Narrator (voice)

Jenette Goldstein ... Alice the Maid

Stephen Bridgewater ... Human Cannonball

Buck Holland ... Shopper
Mary Gillis ... Shopper

Jennifer Elise Cox ... Shopper
Robert Allen ... Car Rental Agent - Los Angeles

David Brisbin ... Man in Car
James O'Sullivan ... Newscaster
Milt Tarver ... Newscaster
Kathryn Alexander ... Lounge Lizard
Mia Babalis ... Lounge Lizard
Kristin Draudt ... Lounge Lizard
Kim Flowers ... Lounge Lizard
Nan Friedman ... Lounge Lizard
Judith Lieff ... Lounge Lizard

Tane McClure ... Lounge Lizard
Diana Mehoudar ... Lounge Lizard
Geoffrey B. Nimmer ... Lounge Lizard
Marlene Bologna ... Trapeze Artist
Chobi Gyorgy ... Trapeze Artist
Karen E. Castoldi ... Trapeze Artist
Lisa Hoyle ... Trapeze Artist (as Lisa S. Hoyle)
Joseph S. Griffo ... Trapeze Artist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Trudi Forristal ... Lizard Performer

Debbie Reynolds ... Herself (voice)
Ray Cooper ... Distinguished Man (scenes deleted) (uncredited)
Kacee DeMasi ... Hooker (uncredited)
Eva Ford ... American Flag Girl (uncredited)
Mitchell Gordon ... Belly Clown (uncredited)
Matthew Hurley ... Street Performer (uncredited)
Bryce Ingman ... Man With White Elephant (uncredited)

Khris Kaneff ... Pit Boss (uncredited)
Brian D. Kline ... Medical Angel (uncredited)
Walter Ludwig ... Race Official Mark Allen (uncredited)

Tony Mouleart ... Hotel Valet (uncredited)
Warren Ross ... Tent Doorman (uncredited)
Christy Sturza ... Flower child (uncredited)

Hunter S. Thompson ... Other Duke in Matrix Flashback (uncredited)
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Directed by
Terry Gilliam 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Hunter S. Thompson (book)

Terry Gilliam (screenplay) &
Tony Grisoni (screenplay) and
Tod Davies (screenplay) &
Alex Cox (screenplay)

Produced by
Harold Bronson .... executive producer
Patrick Cassavetti .... producer
Richard Foos .... executive producer
John Jergens .... associate producer
Laila Nabulsi .... producer
Stephen Nemeth .... producer
Elliot Lewis Rosenblatt .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Ray Cooper 
 
Cinematography by
Nicola Pecorini 
 
Film Editing by
Lesley Walker 
 
Casting by
Margery Simkin 
 
Production Design by
Alex McDowell 
 
Art Direction by
Chris Gorak 
 
Set Decoration by
Nancy Haigh 
 
Costume Design by
Julie Weiss 
 
Makeup Department
Rob Bottin .... demon makeup effects
Rob Bottin .... lounge lizards design
Bridget Cook .... hair stylist
Lynn Del Kail .... hair stylist
Bill Fletcher .... wig maker
Matthew W. Mungle .... special makeup effects artist (as Matthew Mungle)
Cheryl Ann Nick .... key makeup artist (as Cheryl Nick)
Ellen Powell .... hair stylist
Cindy Rose .... hair stylist
Bob Scribner .... second makeup artist
Danny Valencia .... second hair stylist
Victoria Wood .... wig maker
Patty York .... key makeup artist
Michael Shawn McCracken .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Lisa Rocco .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Mike Smithson .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Mark Indig .... unit production manager
Elliot Lewis Rosenblatt .... unit production manager
Michael Solinger .... post-production supervisor (as Mike Solinger)
Lorie Zerweck .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Douglas Aarniokoski .... first assistant director: second unit
Ingrid K. Behrens .... second assistant director: second unit (as Ingrid Behrens)
Seth Edelstein .... second second assistant director: Las Vegas
Christina Fong .... second assistant director
Bruce Logan .... second unit director
Jamie Marshall .... second second assistant director
Philip A. Patterson .... first assistant director (as Philip Patterson)
 
Art Department
Steve Arnold .... art director: Las Vegas
Paige Augustine .... key set dresser
P. Scott Bailey .... swing gang (as Scott Bailey)
James Barron .... laborer
Earl F. Betts .... propmaker
Will Blount .... property master
Mark Blumenthal .... stand-by painter
Andrea Carter .... art department coordinator
Monica Castro .... property assistant (as Monica Ragan)
Dianne Chadwick .... art department assistant
Martin Charles .... graphic designer
Lynn Christopher .... set designer
Gary Clause .... propmaker foreman
William Davidson .... propmaker foreman (as William Roscoe Davidson)
Jennifer Dawson .... property assistant
Ronald Day .... painter
Rick Figalan .... propmaker (as Ricardo R. Figalan)
David Goldstein .... painter
Chad Goodrich .... propmaker (as Chad W. Goodrich)
Kenneth Halverson .... propmaker
Richard Heil .... propmaker (as Richard D. Heil)
Lee J. Jashinsky .... painter
Richard M. Jones .... swing gang
Yvette Keawe .... construction medic
Jonas Kirk .... propmaker foreman
Kim Kirschbaum .... painter
Keith A. Kropf .... painter
Maureen Kropf .... lead scenic
Tani Kunitake .... production illustrator
Tom Lifsey .... construction foreman (as Thomas E. Lifsey)
Jerry Luthart .... propmaker
Michael Marcus .... graphic designer
Lyle Maves .... plaster foreman
Darren McCormick .... propmaker
Frank McEldowney .... greensman
Daniel A. McGinley .... propmaker
James P. Meehan .... on-set dresser
Roger Page .... property master: second unit
Adam Pearlman .... swing gang
Dan Pemberton .... construction coordinator (as Daniel R. Pemberton)
James C. Piccione .... tool foreman
Michael Ramirez .... propmaker
Fred Seibly .... painter (as Fred Siebley)
Brian Shupper .... swing gang
Bill A. Slonecker .... propmaker foreman
Vanessa Spady .... construction auditor
Tommy Sturgeon .... propmaker
Darren J. Taylor .... propmaker
Daniel Turk .... propmaker
Edward L. Turk .... propmaker
Mark Weissenfluh .... leadman
Julie Aquino .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Daniel J. Gillooly .... greens coordinator (uncredited)
Robert Hale .... painter gang boss (uncredited)
Mark Meloccaro .... art department coordinator: prep (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David Acord .... utility sound technician
Mick Boggis .... sound effects pre-mixer
Stephen Bridgewater .... adr supervisor: USA
Martin Cantwell .... assistant sound editor
Paul Carr .... adr recordist: UK
Joe Gallagher .... adr editor
Steve Hancock .... sound studio technician
Dominic Lester .... sound re-recording mixer
Jay Meagher .... production sound mixer
Robin O'Donoghue .... sound re-recording mixer
Alan Paley .... dialogue editor
Peter Pennell .... supervising sound editor
Mike Prestwood Smith .... adr recordist: UK
Bob Risk .... foley editor
Sam Sarkar .... utility sound technician
Simon Sleap .... sound editing assistant
Randy Smith .... boom operator
Andy Thompson .... assistant adr recordist
J.R. Westen .... adr mixer: USA
David Abrahamsen .... sound (uncredited)
Michael J. White .... a.d.r. recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Joe Barden .... special effects assistant
Bill Cobb .... special effects assistant
Gary Cruise .... special effects assistant (as Gary D. Cruise)
Fernando Favila .... producer: demon effects
Terri Fluker .... demon effects
Lucinda Foy .... special effects assistant
Steve Galich .... special effects coordinator
Dawna Hammond .... special effects assistant
Glen Hanz .... sculptor: Rob Bottin Productions
Carlos Huante .... demon effects
Gilbert James .... effects editing assistant
G. Peter King .... special effects assistant: Las Vegas unit (as Peter King)
Taishiro Kiya .... demon effects
Sam Sainz .... lizard puppeteer
Terry Sandin .... lizard puppeteer
Dawn M. Severdia .... coordinator: demon effects
Russell Shinkle .... supervisor: demon effects
Ray Svedin .... special effects supervisor
Joseph Walker .... special effects assistant
 
Visual Effects by
Andrea Adams .... digital effects
Michael Cooper .... visual effects coordinator: US
Gregory Creaser .... digital timer: Pacific Title
Steve Cutmore .... digital effects
Ditch Doy .... digital effects
Kent Houston .... visual effects supervisor
Tim Ollive .... digital effects
Susi Roper .... visual effects coordinator: UK
David Smith .... optical effects
John Swinnerton .... digital effects
Kitty Veevers .... digital effects
Mike Wassel .... matte artist: Illusion Arts
Pete Williams .... digital scanning
Trevor Withers .... optical effects
Martin Body .... optical cameraman (uncredited)
Michael Cooper .... visual effects plate supervisor: production coordinator (uncredited)
George Hladky .... motion control operator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Danny Castle .... aerial stunts coordinator
Kelly Joe Dugan .... stunts
Brian D. Kline .... stunts
Ray Lykins .... stunts
Pat McGroarty .... stunts
Ernie F. Orsatti .... stunts (as Ernie Orsatti)
Noon Orsatti .... stunt coordinator
Jimmy Ortega .... stunt double: Benicio Del Toro
Jimmy Ortega .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Mick Armstrong .... grip: Las Vegas (as Michael Armstrong)
James Babineaux .... best boy
Reynaldo Barrera .... electrician
Lucas Bielan .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Bill Blaydes .... grip: Las Vegas
Lila Byall .... camera loader
Steve Carmer .... grip: Los Angeles
Peter Chrimes .... key grip
Vidal Cohen .... best boy grip
Peter J. Dacey .... additional camera loader (as Peter Dacey)
Jon Dwyer .... grip: second unit
Erik A. Erichsen .... electrician (as Erik Erichsen)
Warren Feldman .... second assistant camera: second unit
Carlos M. Gallardo .... dolly grip (as Carlos Gallardo)
John Gilmour .... key grip: second unit
Hilton Goring .... second assistant camera
Gene Hara .... electrician
Tim Hubbard .... first assistant camera: second unit
Steve Itano .... first assistant camera
Scott W. Johnson .... dolly grip (as Scott Johnson)
Lawrence Karman .... camera operator: second unit (as Laurence 'Doc' Karmen)
Ian Kelly .... video assist operator
Joe Lamb Jr. .... grip: Las Vegas
Joe Lamb Jr. .... grip: second unit
Chris Lynn .... grip: second unit
Christopher Lyons .... gaffer
Gary McBride .... best boy: second unit
Edward McDonald .... grip: Las Vegas (as Ed McDonald)
Edward McDonald .... grip: second unit
Jeff Milewsky .... grip: second unit
Peter Mountain .... still photographer
Nicola Pecorini .... Steadicam operator
Frank Perl .... camera operator
Sonya Rom .... camera production assistant
Chis Rountree .... grip: Los Angeles (as Chris Rountree)
Rick Shepard .... rigging electrician
Chris Soronen .... grip: Los Angeles
Brian Stransky .... camera loader: second unit
Stephen Thorp .... electrician (as Steve Thorpe)
Forrest Thurman .... camera loader
Jeff Wilde .... rigging electrician (as Jeff Wild)
Bennie Zura .... electrician
Robert Daniel .... studio technical support and services (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Sande Alessi .... extras casting: Los Angeles
Teresa Chiozza .... casting production assistant (as Teresa M. Chiozza)
Carmen Cuba .... casting assistant
Leanne Lindsey .... extras casting: Las Vegas
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kimberly Adams-Galligan .... assistant costume designer
Bryan Birge .... costumer
Eden Clark Coblenz .... costume supervisor (as Eden C. Coblenz)
Linda S. Cormany .... set costumer
David Dietch .... wardrobe production assistant
Olga Ishkhanova .... seamstress
Wanda Leavey .... costumer
John Linsmeier .... key costumer
Jacky Ward .... wardrobe: second unit
Dana R. Woods .... assistant costume designer
Amy Gilliam .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Patty Malkin .... costumer (uncredited)
Rebeka L. Roberts .... costume ager/dyer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Claire Ferguson .... second assistant editor
Jeremy Hume .... assistant editor
Roanne Moore .... post-production assistant
Herbert Dwight Raymond IV .... assistant editor: Los Angeles (as Dwight Raymond)
David Rees .... color timer
 
Music Department
Ray Cooper .... musician
Rupert Coulson .... score recording & mixing
Caroline Dale .... musician: cello
David Heath .... musician: flute
Tomoyasu Hotei .... musician
Kevin Lane .... music editor
Stephen McLaughlin .... electronic music treatments
James Seymour Brett .... music co-producer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Pedro Amaya .... driver
Glenn E. Anderson .... driver (as Glenn Anderson)
Denton Annecharico .... driver
Randy Benjamin .... picture car coordinator
Robert Blatchford .... driver
Matt Brammer .... driver
Andrew Broomhead .... driver
William Carter .... driver
David Coffey .... driver (as Dave Coffey)
Phil Coffey .... driver: second unit
William P. Davis .... transportation captain: second unit
Mike J. Dawson .... driver (as Michael Dawson)
Adam Dotson .... driver
Kelly Joe Dugan .... driver (as Kelly Dugan)
Sean Dugen .... driver: second unit
Nick Duron .... driver
Anthony James Fox .... driver
Frank Gallardo .... driver
J. Armin Garza II .... driver
Buck Holland .... driver: Mr. Depp
Patrick Houghton .... driver
Paul Jones .... driver
Michael Keys .... driver
Hunter Lloyd .... driver
Joseph William Lomax .... driver
James Lowder .... transportation coordinator (as James R. Lowder)
Jim Moores .... driver: Mr. Del Toro
John Orlebeck .... transportation coordinator
Kevin Pullen .... driver (as Kevin T. Pullen)
John Simanovich .... driver
Leslie Slaughter .... driver
Ronald Stinton .... transportation captain (as Ronald R. Stinton)
Pat Stubbs .... transportation co-captain
Gregg Videgain .... driver
Johnny Videgain .... driver (as John Videgain)
Wayne Williams .... driver: second unit
Gil Amaral .... driver: picture cars (uncredited)
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
Roger Wooge .... driver: cast (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Sav Akyüz .... intern
Molly Allen .... location manager
Chris Allies .... end titles
Jed Alpert .... lawyer
Ricarda Marie Ankenbrand .... office production assistant
Herach Arzounian .... medic: second unit
Serena Baker .... location assistant: Los Angeles
Jimmy Bennett .... set production assistant: Las Vegas
Carl Bianco .... set production assistant
Justin Blumenthal .... set production assistant
Joe Bravo .... additional craft service
Colby Bryant .... set production assistant: Las Vegas
George Cassavetti .... intern
Jeffrey Cassell .... office production assistant
Mauni P. Caves .... location assistant: Las Vegas
Jessica Chandler .... intern
Melissa Chang .... lizard puppeteer
Michael Colton .... lizard puppeteer
Terry Connors .... post-production accountant
Bruce Corkham .... assistant: Mr. Depp (as Bruce Corkhum)
Kristen Felan .... payroll accountant (as Kristen Felan-Hayes)
Amanda Forman .... lizard puppeteer
Julie Forman .... lizard puppeteer
Gloria M. Fujita .... medic
Gary Gero .... animal trainer: orangutan
Holly Gilliam .... intern
Gary Gingold .... craft service (as Gary 'Ga' Gingold)
Rachel Gingold .... set production assistant: Las Vegas
Susan Giordano .... first assistant accountant
Andy Gonzales .... photo double: Duke, second unit
Jose Gonzales .... catering helper
Victoria Goodall .... assistant to producers
Patricia Gordon .... script supervisor: second unit
Tarn Harper .... post-production accountant
Moto Hata .... lizard puppeteer
Chris Heeter .... lizard puppeteer
Kathryn Loraine Hibbs .... production accountant
Eric J. Hill .... accounting production assistant (as Eric Hill)
Ellen M. Hillers .... executive production assistant (as Ellen Hillers)
Denisa Jacobson .... intern
JoAnn Fregalette Jansen .... choreographer
Matt Langenbach .... stand-in: Mr. Depp
Thomas W. Leidner .... office production assistant
Justin Lindsey .... set production assistant: Las Vegas
Pearl A. Lucero .... production coordinator
Karon May .... script supervisor
Martin McCoy III .... office production assistant: Las Vegas unit
Emily McGovern .... set production assistant
George Miklos .... photo double: Gonzo, second unit
Alisa Moeller .... assistant production coordinator: Las Vegas
Lisa Nelson .... lizard puppeteer
Vincent Niebla .... lizard puppeteer
Rick Oehler .... office production assistant: Las Vegas unit
Randy Paul .... lawyer
Art Pimentel .... lizard puppeteer
Jose Plascencia .... catering helper
Pierre Remy .... caterer
Nancy Restuccia .... assistant production coordinator
Deborah Ricketts .... film researcher
Cecilia Rivera .... catering helper
Adam Rosenblatt .... set production assistant
Bradley K. Ross .... lizard puppeteer
Lia Sargent .... adr loop group
Janel S. Schuh .... set production assistant: Las Vegas (as Janel Shuh)
Senna Shanti .... assistant: Mr. Gilliam
Alan Shaterian .... consultant to Mr. Del Toro
Debbie-Lynn Siegel .... first assistant accountant
Michael Singer .... unit publicist
Lou Slaughter .... stand-in: Mr. Del Toro
Fran Tomasetti .... craft service: second unit
Giro Tomasetti .... craft service: second unit
Brenda K. Wachel .... script supervisor (as Brenda Wachsel)
James P. Warren .... animal trainer: orangutan (as Jim Warren)
David Weigand .... lizard puppeteer
Stephen V. Weissberger .... office production assistant
Jenni Wieland .... second assistant accountant (as Jennifer Wieland)
Lorie Zerweck .... pre-production supervisor (as Laurie Zwerek)
Kevin Berman .... consultant (uncredited)
Elizabeth Chambers .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Keli Craig .... production assistant (uncredited)
Zoila Gomez .... assistant production coordinator: Las Vegas (uncredited)
Cody Jarrett .... photo double: Johnny Depp (uncredited)
Kenneth W. Parker .... production assistant (uncredited)
R. Scott Poole .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Jeremy Settles .... production assistant (uncredited)
Laurel Waco .... assistant: Alex Cox (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Michael Kamen .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Rated R for pervasive extreme drug use and related bizarre behavior, strong language, and brief nudity (certificate no. 35894)
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Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Australia:MA (Cable TV rating) | Brazil:18 | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:18A (original rating) (VHS) | Canada:PG (re-rating) (DVD) | Chile:18 | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Germany:16 | Hungary:14 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:R21 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate no. 35894)

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The T-shirt that the hitchhiker (Tobey Maguire) wears has a Ralph Steadman picture on it. Ralph Steadman did the original illustrations for the book and the typeface of the credits is based on his handwriting.See more »
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Anachronisms: As they drive through Vegas at night, a marquee sign in front of The Plaza advertises a steak and lobster dinner for $11.99 - more of a 1997 than a 1971 price.See more »
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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 say something?
Raoul Duke:Hm? Never mind. It's your turn to drive.
Raoul Duke:[narrating] No point in mentioning these bats, I thought. Poor bastard will see them soon enough.
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125 out of 178 people found the following review useful.
Don't do drugs, just see this movie- Gilliam's masterpiece, perhaps, 19 March 2000
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a psychedelic comedy, but also an astute piece of literature-cum-political science on a period in American history that was just really strange, thus reflected by its creator. It was the pioneer in 'Gonzo journalism' and sent Thompson's star even higher than it had with Hell's Angels. Although it's one of my personal favorite books, it could have been tricky to adapt it- Alex Cox tried and failed- but somehow Terry Gilliam digs into the Thompson psychology, dementia, and off-the-wall humor, while also putting his unmistakable mark on the material. Two sensibilities thus merge, alongside the tremendous performances (underrated, despite the praise from fans) from Depp and Del-Toro. It asks an essential question- how does society end up crossing paths with the outlaws? But there's more than that- much more in fact- but it takes more than one viewing. I remember writing the first time I saw it: "This film is so bizarre you might just want to put down the bong and get high from this movie (after all, the movie contains every single known drug known to man since 1544)."

Granted, it's immediate appeal is that of a midnight movie, the ultimate midnight movie, as a work where the visual style is cranked up to a queue that goes even further than past Gilliam ventures. Distorted, sometimes tilted, widescreen angles, very bright, strange colors via Nicola Pecorini, and a beating soundtrack loaded with everything from Jefferson Airplane to Tom Jones to Bob Dylan to Debbie Reynolds (what kind of rat bastard psychotic would put that on right now, at this moment)! And aside from Depp and Del-Toro, who immerse themselves to the hilt (Depp especially is in a form here comparable to his Pirates movies- you can't see anyone else play the character, and at the same time you almost can't recognize him, a credit to Depp's 'method' style), there's hilarious supporting work from Craig Bierko, Tobey Maguire, Gary Busey, Harry Dean Stanton (Castration!), and Christina Ricci, and even an extremely moving and dangerous scene with Ellen Barkin.

It's not an easy film, to be certain, and it will likely appeal to those who may think 'ah, drugs, I like drugs, must be my kind of movie'. But it's not that simple; it's actually fairly critical of drug use, in an overblown, Fellini-esquire satirical manner (eg Adrenochrome, which is a tiny landmark of gonzo film-making to complement the author), and there really is no point where Gilliam, Thompson or the characters say 'take drugs'. On the other hand, there is also a critical attitude, a refreshing and brilliant one, on authority, like at the DEA convention at the hotel- again, strange times in society. At the same time the film is superb as escapist fun, in the darkest and craziest ways that only a maverick like Gilliam and his people can pull off, it's also got some layers in the substance, of Duke and Gonzo almost as relics from a former era already in 1971. With consistently quotable dialog, excruciating moments of depravity, and some of the most outrageous production design in any film, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is an unlikely cult classic, and in its own delirious fashion a possible definitive work from the director alongside Brazil.

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