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The Rum Diary (2011)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  28 October 2011 (USA)
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American journalist Paul Kemp takes on a freelance job in Puerto Rico for a local newspaper during the 1960s and struggles to find a balance between island culture and the expatriates who live there.

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Hard-drinking journalist Paul Kemp takes a job at a besieged newspaper in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His volatile editor, Lotterman, assigns him to tourist pieces and horoscopes, but promises more. Paul rooms with Sala, an aging and equally alcoholic reporter, in a rundown flat. Sanderson, a wealthy entrepreneur, hires Paul to flack for a group of investors who plan to buy an island near the capital and build a resort. Sanderson's girl-friend, the beguiling Chenault, bats her eyes at Paul. His loyalties face challenges when he and Sala get in trouble with locals, when a Carnival dance enrages Sanderson, and when the paper hits the skids. Is the solution always alcohol? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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One part outrage. One part justice. Three parts rum. Mix well. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language, brief drug use and sexuality | See all certifications »

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28 October 2011 (USA)  »

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Hunter S. Thompson's The Rum Diary  »

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Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,135,369 (USA) (28 October 2011)

Gross:

$13,100,042 (USA) (16 December 2011)
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Benicio Del Toro, Brad Pitt, Josh Hartnett, and Nick Nolte were originally slated to appear. See more »

Goofs

The red airplane in the opening sequence is a 1974 Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub (tail number N8991Y). However, the Super Cub was relatively unchanged from 1949 to 1994. See more »

Quotes

Paul Kemp: Do you smell it? It's the smell of bastards. It's also the smell of truth.
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Referenced in 5th World (2005) See more »

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Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto De Blue)
Written by Domenico Modugno, Franco Migliacci and Mitchell Parish
Performed by Dean Martin
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Not Quite The Return To Form I Was Hoping For From Depp
16 October 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

10 years Prior to this Johnny Depp was one of my favourite actors. Then came the character of Captain Jack Sparrow, and with it came endless sequels every couple of years, and (aside from a few roles like "Finding Neverland" and "Sweeney Todd") uninspired performances in average movies (The Tourist) Now he probably doesn't even rank in my Top 10. Based on the novel of the same name by Hunter S. Thompson, I was hoping this would be a return to form.

"The Rum Diary" started off well with Dean Martin crooning "Volare" over the opening credits. But whilst not quite a return to form, it has some good moments and Depp's heart is clearly in the right place, in what is clearly a passionate project for him, based on his close friends work. But I think Hollywood got in the way of him making a great movie.

Michael Rispoli, Aaron Eckhart, Giovanni Ribsi, Amber Heard and all give good solid support to Depp, but my main problem comes from the direction, which is uninspiring despite great source material.


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