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Inherent Vice -- In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles detective Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.
Inherent Vice -- In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles detective Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.
Inherent Vice -- In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles detective Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.
Inherent Vice -- When private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin…well, easy for her to say.
Inherent Vice -- In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles detective Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.


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Thomas Pynchon (based on the novel by)
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In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles private investigator Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joanna Newsom ... Sortilège

Katherine Waterston ... Shasta Fay Hepworth

Joaquin Phoenix ... Larry "Doc" Sportello

Jordan Christian Hearn ... Denis
Taylor Bonin ... Ensenada Slim

Jeannie Berlin ... Aunt Reet

Josh Brolin ... Lt. Det. Christian F. "Bigfoot" Bjornsen

Eric Roberts ... Michael Z. Wolfmann

Serena Scott Thomas ... Sloane Wolfmann

Maya Rudolph ... Petunia Leeway

Martin Dew ... Dr. Buddy Tubeside

Michael Kenneth Williams ... Tariq Khalil

Hong Chau ... Jade

Shannon Collis ... Bambi

Christopher Allen Nelson ... Glenn Charlock

Benicio Del Toro ... Sauncho Smilax, Esq

Catherine Haena Kim ... News Reporter

Jena Malone ... Hope Harlingen

Owen Wilson ... Coy Harlingen
Vivienne Khaledi ... Amethyst Harlingen

Yvette Yates ... Luz

Andrew Simpson ... Riggs Warbling

Joe Dioletto ... Cop with Bigfoot

Reese Witherspoon ... Deputy D.A. Penny Kimball

Sam Jaeger ... Agent Flatweed

Timothy Simons ... Agent Borderline

Jack Kelly ... Burke Stodger (archive footage)

Jillian Bell ... Chlorinda

Christian Williams ... Smedley
The Growlers ... The Boards

Michelle A. Sinclair ... Clancy Charlock (as Michelle Sinclair)
Alina Gatti ... Howdy Doper's Phone Voice (voice)

Elaine Tan ... Xandra

Martin Short ... Dr. Rudy Blatnoyd, D.D.S.

Sasha Pieterse ... Japonica Fenway

Wilson Bethel ... LAPD Officer #1

Anders Holm ... LAPD Officer #2
Emmet Unverzagt ... Bigfoot's Kid

Jefferson Mays ... Dr. Threeply
Erica Sullivan ... Dr. Lily Hammer

Eva Fisher ... Dr. Threeply's Assistant #1
Jackie Michele Johnson ... Dr. Threeply's Assistant #2

Katie Schwartz ... Kimberly

Charley Morgan ... Dr. Igor

Keith Jardine ... Puck Beaverton

Delaina Mitchell ... Mrs. Chastity Bjornsen

Michael Cotter ... Rhus Frothingham

Peter McRobbie ... Adrian Prussia
Shannon C. Sullivan ... Adrian Prussia's Secretary

Martin Donovan ... Crocker Fenway

Samantha Lemole ... Golden Fang Mother

Madison Leisle ... Golden Fang Daughter
Liam Van Joosten ... Golden Fang Son
Matt Doyle ... Golden Fang Father
David Prak ... Buddhist Monk

Amy Ferguson ... Bodhi

Emma Dumont ... Zinnia
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Scott Aschenbrenner ... Jesus Guard (uncredited)

Ashleigh Biller ... Patient (uncredited)

Christina Bobrowsky ... Patient (uncredited)

Peter Bonilla ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Gregoer Boru ... Recording Tech (uncredited)

Marianne Bourg ... Beach Girl (uncredited)

Toyia Brown ... Harmony (uncredited)

Stu Brumbaugh ... Groupie (uncredited)
Will C. ... Commando (uncredited)

Seth Cash ... Detective (uncredited)
Laura Colquhoun ... Groupie (uncredited)

Elizabeth Colunga ... Patient (uncredited)
Emma Cooper ... Groupie (uncredited)

Jordan David ... (uncredited)

Nick de Graffenreid ... Patient (uncredited)

Adam Dorsey ... Jesus Guard (uncredited)
Ken Edling ... Judge (uncredited)
Jenna Emery ... Groupie (uncredited)
Al Function ... Biker (uncredited)

Brandy Futch ... Flight Attendant (uncredited)
Lauren Goncher ... Dental Assistant (uncredited)

Ellen Ho ... Chinese Waitress (uncredited)
Jessica Huss ... Speed Freak (uncredited)
Raiden Integra ... Patient (uncredited)
Dallas James ... Auto Mechanic (uncredited)

Christopher Karl Johnson ... Mr. Robinson (uncredited)

Laura Kranz ... Chryskylodon Patient (uncredited)

Timothy Lally ... Commando (uncredited)
Adeana Lane ... Beach Girl (uncredited)

Kira Legg ... Groupie (uncredited)
Tracy Ann Lisa ... District Attorney (uncredited)
Blue LoLan ... Patient (uncredited)

Dakota Lupo ... Chief Chanter (uncredited)

Jacob Lyman ... Mormon FBI Agent (uncredited)

Amanda Maddox ... Flight Attendant (uncredited)
Emilee Madrak ... Groupie (uncredited)
Sophia Markov ... Amethyst Harlingen (uncredited)
Victoria Markov ... Amethyst Harlingen (uncredited)

Kirstin Masters ... Dental Assistant (uncredited)

Eric Newnham ... Crime Scene Photographer (uncredited)

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Chelsea O'Toole ... Patient (uncredited)

Shaun Parker ... Commando (uncredited)
Rodney J. Richards ... Adrian Prussia Friend (uncredited)
Philip Roosevelt ... Hippie in Commune (uncredited)
Osamu Saito ... Japanese waiter Kenichiro (uncredited)
Zachary Santos ... Officer #2 (uncredited)
Joel Shock ... Police officer (uncredited)

Matthew Skomo ... Detective (uncredited)

Chantal Thuy ... Groupie (uncredited)

Diana Elizabeth Torres ... Lourdes (uncredited)

JC Tremblay ... Chanter (uncredited)

Steven Wiig ... Portola Barkeep (uncredited)

Daniel Yobaccio ... Patient (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Thomas Anderson 
Writing credits
Paul Thomas Anderson (written for the screen by)

Thomas Pynchon (based on the novel by)

Produced by
Paul Thomas Anderson .... producer
Eli Bush .... co-producer
Albert Chi .... co-producer
Daniel Lupi .... producer
JoAnne Sellar .... producer
Adam Somner .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jonny Greenwood 
Cinematography by
Robert Elswit 
Film Editing by
Leslie Jones 
Casting by
Cassandra Kulukundis 
Production Design by
David Crank 
Art Direction by
Ruth De Jong 
Set Decoration by
Amy Wells 
Costume Design by
Mark Bridges 
Makeup Department
David Beneke .... dental prosthetics
Kymber Blake .... makeup artist
Gina Bonacquisti .... additional hair
Crystal M. Cook .... additional hair
Patricia DeHaney .... key hair stylist (as Patricia Dehaney-Le May)
Anthony Gordon .... makeup artist
Roxane Griffin .... hair stylist
Miia Kovero .... hair department head
Nikki Smith .... additional hair stylist
Susan Stepanian .... key makeup artist
Gigi Williams .... makeup department head
Production Management
Erica Frauman .... post-production supervisor
Karen Ruth Getchell .... production supervisor
Kelley Smith-Wait .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eric Richard Lasko .... second assistant director
Adam Somner .... first assistant director
Trevor Tavares .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Matthew Cavaliero .... property master
Jeremy Cisneros .... set dresser
Chad R. Davis .... on-set dresser
Doug Dow .... labor foreman
Penelope Franco Gilmore .... set dresser: day player (as Penelope Franco)
Sean Lyons .... charge scenic
Conner McKinley .... art department coordinator
John Micheletos .... leadman
Lars Petersen .... construction coordinator
Kim Richey .... assistant property master
Jill Rolie-December .... head buyer
Leslie Ross .... stand by painter
Dorothy Street .... additional graphic designer
John L. Sullivan .... key prop maker
Nandor Szilagy .... set dresser
Karen Teneyck .... graphic designer
Steven C. Voll .... set construction foreman
Sound Department
David Acord .... re-recording mixer
Kevin Bolen .... mix technician
Kelly Doran .... sound utility
Luke Dunn Gielmuda .... sound effects editor
Coya Elliott .... first assistant sound editor
Andrea Gard .... foley artist
Jordan O'Neill .... datasat sound mastering engineer
John Pritchett .... sound mixer
Richard Quinn .... dialogue supervisor
Frank Rinella .... foley supervisor
David M. Roberts .... boom operator
Christopher Scarabosio .... re-recording mixer
Christopher Scarabosio .... supervising sound editor
Brad Semenoff .... dialogue editor
Tony Sereno .... mix technician
Steve Slanec .... dialogue editor
Doug Winningham .... foley editor (as Dug Winningham)
Matthew Wood .... supervising sound editor
Ryan Young .... adr recordist (as Ryan D. Young)
Scott Levine .... digital editorial services (uncredited)
David Peifer .... digital editorial services (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Bart Dion .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Rachel Berry .... visual effects producer: Crazy Horse Effects
Kyle Dutton .... visual effects coordinator: Crazy Horse Effects
Christina Graff .... visual effects producer: Crazy Horse Effects
Paul Graff .... visual effects supervisor: Crazy Horse Effects
Blake Loyd .... digital compositor
Aryel Melek-Shalom .... Lead CG artist: crazy horse effects
Steven Messing .... digital matte artist
Sharon Perl-Collins .... visual effects accountant
Tessa Roehl .... visual effects coordinator: Crazy Horse Effects
Brian Sales .... compositing supervisor: Crazy Horse Effects
Christian Zeiler .... digital compositor: Crazy Horse Effects
Sreyans Bardia .... visual effects head of production: BOTVFX (uncredited)
Tristan M. Child .... visual effects production assistant (uncredited)
Hetal Jain .... visual effects producer: BOTVFX (uncredited)
Whitman Lindstrom .... matte painter (uncredited)
Prakash Pathak .... production and technical support (uncredited)
Jeremy Fry .... stunt performer
Benjamin Hoffman .... stunts
Dennis Keiffer .... stunt performer
Eric Linden .... stunts
Tom McComas .... stunts
Rick Miller .... stunt driver
Jim Palmer .... stunts
Kenny Richards .... stunts
Jimmy N. Roberts .... stunt performer
Myke Schwartz .... stunt coordinator
Wesley Scott .... stunts
Monty L. Simons .... stunts
Mark Aaron Wagner .... stunt driver
Mark Aaron Wagner .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Colin Anderson .... camera operator
Colin Anderson .... steadicam operator
Michael Bauman .... gaffer
Mike Bonnaud .... rigging gaffer
Raynee Borchardt .... grip
Erik L. Brown .... first assistant camera
Alejandro J. Castillo .... lighting technician
Ryan Creasy .... camera intern
Steven Cueva .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Thomas M. Dangcil .... additional lighting technician
Donald D. Davidson .... rigging electric
Rusty Davis .... grip
Twojay Dhillon .... additional steadicam operator: day player
Danny Durr .... lighting technician
Mike Gerzevitz .... rigging electrician
David Goldsmith .... Key Video Assist
Jeff Kunkel .... key grip
Hugh McCallum .... additional grip
Alaina McManus .... film loader
Matthew Mebane .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Adam Neas .... grip (as Adam George Neas)
Brad Rea .... "a" camera dolly grip
Sean Roberts .... electrician
Aaron Ali Tichenor .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Michael Tolochko .... assistant chief lighting technician
Brian Udoff .... additional film loader
Wilson Webb .... still photographer
Michael Witczak .... rigging electrician
Michael J. Schwartz .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
John Barba .... casting associate
Tracy Dixon .... extras casting director
Joseph Hicks .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Claire Atiee .... costume assistant
Paul Black .... costumer
Lola Bullion Chambers .... costumer
Jillian K. Clark .... wardrobe assistant
Wendy M. Craig .... second costume supervisor
Sahar Halabi .... set costumer
Demetricus Holloway .... set costumer
Felicia Leilani Jarvis .... costumer
Kristen Kopp .... assistant costume designer
Grace Pyke .... key costumer
Hayley Stuppel .... set costumer
Jennifer Wolf .... costumer
Editorial Department
Gabriel Diaz .... post-production assistant
Andrew Hegele .... marketing editor
Andy Jurgensen .... first assistant editor
Cortney Lynn Kammerer .... post-production coordinator
Afnahn Khan .... post production executive
Dan Muscarella .... color timer
Jason Pelham .... digital intermediate producer
Kostas Theodosiou .... digital intermediate colorist
Christina E. Wasell .... dailies producer (as Christina Wasell)
Tim Weyers .... post-production coordinator
Brian Gee .... Fotokem Assistant Editor (uncredited)
Daniel Sessoms .... nextlab operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Jon Alexander .... assistant score engineer
John Barrett .... music scoring engineer
Michael Z. Gordon .... provider: original music
Graeme Stewart .... music editor
Graeme Stewart .... score engineer
Graeme Stewart .... score mixer
Graeme Stewart .... score producer
Robert Ziegler .... conductor
Robert Ziegler .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Deidre Backs .... dot coordinator
Ted Basso .... production van driver operator
Marc Lipman .... production driver
Marco Lupi .... driver
Michael A. Moreno .... driver
Chris Raines .... transportation captain
Paul E. Stroh .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Nadeem Ashayer .... set production assistant
Brad Bell .... assistant location manager
Kristine Bochum .... assistant accountant
Melissa Bosco .... basecamp production assistant
Sam Carmichael .... production management trainee: Warner Bros
Skye Caruso .... post production chef
Skye Caruso .... production assistant
Demelza Cronin .... production coordinator
Sandra L. Dixon .... second accountant
Scott Fitzgerald .... key assistant location manager
Kalif Fuller .... production assistant
Brandon Galvan .... production assistant
Alina Gatti .... set production assistant
Jillian Giacomini .... script supervisor
Eliot John Hagen .... production assistant
Samantha Hatch .... additional set production assistant
Jeffrey A. Hunter .... key assistant location manager
Dominique Jaramillo .... supervising set medic
Genghis Jorgensen .... set production assistant
Cortney Lynn Kammerer .... assistant: Ms. Sellar
Alex Kivlen .... assistant location manager
Wayne Lamkay .... assistant accountant
Fernando Lara .... production staff
Brian K. Lee .... production assistant
Brandon Linville .... First Assistant Accountant
Brandon Linville .... first assistant accountant
Andrew Meyers .... set production assistant
Joshua Zev Nathan .... additional locations
Robert Nyerges .... set production assistant
Jeff Overfield .... set production assistant
Scott Parker .... post-production accountant
Robert Paulsen .... key assistant location manager
Ellen Philips .... production staff
Griffin Pocock .... set production assistant
Ed Portillo .... location site rep
Sally Potters .... assistant production coordinator
Deborah Ricketts .... footage researcher
Rafael Sanz .... key set production assistant
Joseph Slomka .... color scientist
Desmond Smith .... craft service
Kelly A. Snyder .... production accountant
Aaron Walrod .... payroll accountant
Chelsea Wehner .... locations coordinator
Alex Ferrari .... script clearance analyst (uncredited)
Maggie Munro .... location manager (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"L.A. Vice" - Japan (English title) (poster title)
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Rated R for drug use throughout, sexual content, graphic nudity, language and some violence
148 min (New York Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Paul Thomas Anderson had no contact with the reclusive author Thomas Pynchon while making the film. The director has described the book as "beautifully written stuff mixed in with the best fart jokes and silly songs that you can imagine".See more »
Continuity: In the car (uni color Mercedes) with Doc, Dr. Rudy Blatnoyd, Japonica Fenway and Denis, as they are being stopped by cops for being under suspicion of a possible cult: japonica was the driver the entire time. When the cop comes back to give them their id's back. Doc is in the drivers seat.See more »
Doc Sportello:Where you stayin'?
Coy Harlingen:House in Topanga Canyon. Band I used to play for, the Boards, none of them know it's me.
Doc Sportello:How can they not know it's you?
Coy Harlingen:Even when I was alive they didn't know it was me.
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34 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
Inherent Vice is a rambling drug-fueled odyssey, 22 December 2014
Author: monkyman347 from California

'Straightforward' is not a word I will use in this review to describe Paul Thomas Anderson's newest film Inherent Vice. Lying somewhere at the crossroads between a '70s neo-noir film and an absurdist stoner comedy, this neon-tinged detective story is two-and-a-half hours of increasingly absurd psychedelic mayhem. It's dense, confusing, chaotic, and absolutely riveting in its amorphous plotting and paranoid atmosphere.

Musician Joanna Newsom plays Sortilège, the film's narrator and our guide through the hazy story of hippie-turned-private-detective Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix). The story starts off simply enough, with Doc hired by his ex-girlfriend Shasta (Katherine Waterston) to locate her missing lover, but it all quickly spirals out of control into nearly a dozen different sub-plots featuring neo-Nazis, real estate, dentistry and everything in between.

As the first filmmaker to adapt a Thomas Pynchon novel to the screen, there was a great deal of pressure on Paul Thomas Anderson to successfully translate the source novel's complex prose into a relatively understandable film. Pynchon's work is known for featuring dozens upon dozens of characters involved in a variety of loosely connected plot lines, which makes it nearly impossible to faithfully adapt his novels. Of course, anyone who has seen Anderson's epic ensemble drama Magnolia can confirm that the director is more than capable of seamlessly interweaving countless characters and story lines, and in the case of Inherent Vice Anderson truly does an astounding job of packing so much dense material into a feature-length film. Although the plot is hardly comprehensible upon the first viewing, a second or third viewing reveals that, while intensely complex, the story is entirely coherent thanks to Anderson's clever, brilliantly- crafted script.

That comparison to Magnolia may be misleading, however, as Inherent Vice occupies a unique place in Paul Thomas Anderson's filmography. While Anderson has dabbled in comedy in the past, most notably with his dark rom-com Punch-Drunk Love, his humor has always been a cover for the far more deeply rooted melancholy that permeates all his films. While Inherent Vice's humor does take a backseat to the film's central mystery, it's nonetheless far brasher than that of any other PTA film. Anderson himself compared the film's comic timing to that of '80s screwball comedies Airplane! and The Naked Gun, a comparison that is uncharacteristic of his typical style to say the least. While it's surely more a neo-noir than a comedy, the film has more than enough laugh-out-loud moments to make it PTA's funniest movie to date, as well as a unique next step in his evolution as a director.

While Anderson's script does deserve its fair share of credit for the film's absurd humor, what really makes Inherent Vice so funny is the acting, especially that of Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin. Phoenix's portrayal of our perpetually stoned protagonist Doc is universally spot-on; with a wonderfully out-of-it expression frozen on his face, Doc stumbles through the movie dazed and confused in a marijuana-induced haze. The smallest details, such as Doc aggressively slapping himself in the face mid-conversation to focus, are what make his performance so consistently enjoyable. Brolin, meanwhile, steals the show as hippie-hating cop Christian "Bigfoot" Björnsen, who both antagonizes and collaborates with Doc to unravel the film's tangled web of mysteries. Bigfooot's many idiosyncrasies, including the inadvertently suggestive way he eats frozen bananas and his not-quite-mastery of Japanese, make him by far one of the funniest and most colorful characters of the film, and Josh Brolin plays him with just the right mix of hotheadedness and cluelessness.

Despite Inherent Vice's one-of-a-kind style and atmosphere, it's still ultimately not going to work for a whole lot of people. It's virtually impossible to follow the plot the first time around, and its many subplots and manic storytelling style will surely frustrate and alienate many viewers. For those that can tolerate its eccentricities however, it's a rambling drug-fueled odyssey worth taking and, while it may not be his best work, yet another impressive showcase of Paul Thomas Anderson's incredible talent and versatility as a filmmaker.

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