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The Rum Diary (2011)

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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

28 October 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hunter S. Thompson's The Rum Diary  »

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Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$13,100,042 (USA) (16 December 2011)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Johnny Depp suspended his sobriety for this film in order to experience the effects of liquors depicted. See more »


When Kemp drives the Corvette along the coast, as the camera pans the car and roadway from above, a cellular telephone tower appears in the shot. See more »


Lotterman: How does anyone drink 161 miniatures?
Paul Kemp: Are they not complimentary?
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Follows Where the Buffalo Roam (1980) See more »


Written by Domenico Modugno, Franco Migliacci and Mitchell Parish
Performed by Cortijo y Su Combo and Ismael Rivera
Courtesy of Codigo Music, LLC
By arrangement with The Orchard
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User Reviews

Booze Induced Reality
29 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have read the book and this movie holds true to the voice that Thompson writes with - this is what makes the movie works. Depp's role, unsurprisingly, mimics his portrayal of Hunter in Fear and Loathing (only with less drugs, not counting alcohol).

The movie can, realistically, be summed up in one "revelation" Depp's character has with a rather unusual counterpart. Throughout the film we see examples of the opulent lifestyle of few and downtrodden livings of the many.

What Depp confides with his "friend", allows us to use what we have learned up to that point in the movie and chew on for the remainder of the movie, is this - the banks hold the wealth while leaving us (and the starving children) to stare at empty brass plates hanging on their front doors. Whether you agree with it or not, this is not a stretch to compare with the "occupy" movement settling into America and around Europe today.

This movie is good. Much like the original book, this movie doesn't try to entertain the viewer; it allows the viewer to sit back and follow along as one man experiences a lifetime of ups and downs in a matter of weeks. And be prepared to go out for a drink afterward, you'll need it.

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