The big-screen version of Hunter S. Thompson's seminal psychedelic classic about his road trip across Western America as he and his large Samoan lawyer searched desperately for the "American dream"... they were helped in large part by the huge amount of drugs and alcohol kept in their convertible, The Red Shark.Written by
Animator and filmmaker Ralph Bakshi tried to convince producer Laila Nabulsi to let him do this movie as an animated movie, done in the style of Ralph Steadman's illustrations for the book. Bakshi is quoted as saying: "Hunter had given the rights to a girlfriend of his. I spent three days with her trying to talk her into me animating it - she wanted to make a live-action of it - I kept telling her that a live-action would look like a bad cartoon, but an animated version would be a great one. She had a tremendous disdain for animators, because it wasn't considered the top of Hollywood. Hunter also could not make her change her mind. So she made the pic with Johnny Depp (who is a great actor) and got the film I told her she would get - it would have been more real in a cartoon, using Steadman's drawings." See more »
Several Las Vegas hotels/casinos are shown in their 1997 incarnations/logos/etc. The film is set in 1971. See more »
We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like:
I feel a bit lightheaded. Maybe you should drive.
Suddenly, there was a terrible roar all around us, and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car, and a voice was screaming:
Holy Jesus. What are these goddamn animals?
[swatting the air]
Huh! Huh! Huh! Fucking pigs.
Did you say ...
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The credits literally scroll up the freeway. See more »
Strangers In The Night
Written by Bert Kaempfert, Charles Singleton & Eddie Snyder
Published by MCA Champion Music Corporation, Screen Gems-EMI Music, Inc., and Amra, Inc.
All rights controlled and administered by MCA Music Publishing
Performed by Wayne Newton
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Special Markets See more »
The art of character acting...
I think the people who reviewed this film are a bit warped for thinking of it as anything less than a masterpiece. This film comes from the glorious days of Johnny Depp taking obscure roles in films and totally immersing himself in the character. Benecio Del Toro's performance was second to none, and I cannot for the life of me comprehend why someone would think this to be the "worst movie ever". God save us that we actually have to think a little when we sit in those awful theatre seats. Heaven forbid we're required to use our imagination a little bit and not have it handed to us in the form of Hollywood mindless pap. The film, del toro, Depp, and of course, Gilliam are all brilliant. I pity the fools who gave this movie a negative review and fail miserably in articulating their reasoning.
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