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The Rum Diary (2011)

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

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28 October 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hunter S. Thompson's The Rum Diary  »

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$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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The flags in Sanderson's boat when they go to the carnival, indicate the words: STTHOMTP at port side, and CARNIVAL at starboard, by international maritime signal flags code. See more »

Goofs

When Kemp is driving the Corvette along the coast line, as the camera pans the car and roadway from above, a cellular telephone tower appears in the camera shot. If this time frame of this movie is the 1960's, a cellular tower would not have existed. See more »

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Moburg: Maybe I can interest you gentlemen in something else.
Paul Kemp: Like what? Death?
Moburg: Like the most powerful drug in the history of narcotics. I'm not at liberty to discuss or disclose; all I can tell you is: this stuff is so powerful, they give it to communists.
Paul Kemp: Who does?
Moburg: The FBI.
Sala: Why would the FBI get communists high?
Moburg: That I can't help you with.
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Volare
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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One king hell of a movie for HST fans.
14 October 2011 | by (Anaheim, CA) – See all my reviews

I'm a huge Hunter S Thompson fan, but I was feeling very weary of this film since it has been shelved for almost a year now. I attended the world premiere last night, and I can report with absolute sincerity that if you loved HST's work, this will not disappoint.

The one problem many die hard fans of the book may have is with the character of Sanderson. In the book Paul Kemp and Sanderson represent the dueling persona's of Hunter, one being a cutthroat athletic type, the other being the booze-hound anti-authoritarian. In this film, Johnny Depp plays more to the character being a young HST and combines the characteristics of both into Kemp. Some may have a problem with this, but the movie is stronger for it as you are only rooting for the protagonist while giving the story a strong antagonist, a necessity in filmmaking.

In my eyes, this is Bruce Robinson's best work on screen to date, Johnny Depp is absolutely awe-inspiringly believable as a very young and constrained Hunter, and the cast could not have been more dead on. I'll be seeing this several more times in the theaters in the coming months.


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