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The Rum Diary (2011) Poster

(2011)

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When Sanderson introduces Paul Kemp to Chenault, and asks if they've met before, Kemp states that he thought they might have met on the plane. This is a reference to the original novel, where Kemp first meets Chenault on the plane to San Juan.
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Marks the second time that Johnny Depp appears in a movie adaptation of a Hunter S. Thompson novel. The first time was Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998).
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The final black and white still shot (also the cover photo of the book) at the very end of the movie is not in Puerto Rico (where the movie takes place) but in Aruba. The author is shown sitting on a bench at the Aruba Palm Beach Club (with a bottle of Amstel beer). In the background is the Aruba Caribbean Hotel, the first resort hotel to be constructed on Palm Beach. The author visited Aruba while living in Puerto Rico.
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Benicio Del Toro, Brad Pitt, Josh Hartnett and Nick Nolte were originally slated to appear.
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At one point Benicio Del Toro was to direct the film.
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Swiss actor Philippe Vonlanthen who met director Bruce Robinson at a London book signing of his novel "The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Pennman" in 1999 was considered for the role of Digby.
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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.
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The red airplane in the opening sequence is a 1974 Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub (tail number N8991Y). The movie is set in 1960, but this is not really an anachronism because the Super Cub was produced from 1949 to 1994 with relatively few changes.
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