An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades.


Terry Gilliam


Hunter S. Thompson (book), Terry Gilliam (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Depp ... Raoul Duke
Benicio Del Toro ... Dr. Gonzo
Tobey Maguire ... Hitchhiker
Michael Lee Gogin Michael Lee Gogin ... Uniformed Dwarf
Larry Cedar ... Car Rental Agent - Los Angeles
Brian Le Baron Brian Le Baron ... Parking Attendant (as Brian LeBaron)
Katherine Helmond ... Desk Clerk at Mint Hotel
Michael Warwick ... Bell Boy
Craig Bierko ... Lacerda
Tyde Kierney Tyde Kierney ... Reporter
Mark Harmon ... Magazine Reporter
Tim Thomerson ... Hoodlum
Richard Riehle ... Dune Buggy Driver
Ransom Gates Ransom Gates ... Dune Buggy Passenger
Laraine Newman ... Frog-Eyed Woman


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 Laurence Mixson

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive extreme drug use and related bizarre behavior, strong language, and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


In the check-in scene, towards the beginning of the movie, a man is heard describing a murder, where the victim was decapitated and had their pineal glad removed. In a later scene, Duke consumes adrenichrome, and it is stated that the drug can only be obtained from the pineal glad of the human brain. See more »


White SUV visible in opening scene: in the opening convertible scene, just after picking up the hitchhiker and around the point where Duke narrates "...when my attorney starts screaming about bats..." in the closeup shot of the hitchhiker. Just before the shot changes, an out-of-place white SUV can be spotted the far right of the screen behind the hitchhiker, parked along the desert highway. See more »


[first lines]
Raoul Duke: [narrating] We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like:
Raoul Duke: I feel a bit lightheaded. Maybe you should drive.
Raoul Duke: [narrating] 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:
Raoul Duke: Holy Jesus. What are these goddamn animals?
[swatting the air]
Raoul Duke: Huh! Huh! Huh! Fucking pigs.
Dr. Gonzo: Did you say ...
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Crazy Credits

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You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me
Written by Harry Warren and Al Dubin
Published by Warner Bros., Inc.
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Capitol Special Markets
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I was reviewing "Fear and Loathing and Las Vegas" on when the drugs began to take hold
13 May 2012 | by alex-law321See all my reviews

When you start watching this movie, you'll decide if you like it or not. But if you don't want to wait, I'll tell you. This movie is so trippy, so gross, so insane, so bizarre, and so friggin' crazy! Now with that said, it's also brilliant, funny, surreal, dark, entertaining etc. The story goes like this; a Dr. Journalism, Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp), and his wolf man attorney, Dr. Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro), are sent to Las Vegas to cover a Mint 400 motorcycle race but end up abandoning that in search of the American Dream. The two characters are out of their minds on drugs the entire time which is where the surreal factor comes into play. The film is based the famous novel by Hunter S. Thompson, which was based on real life events he experienced. I'm not kidding when I say that five minutes into this movie and you'll feel that someone drugged your drink or something. This is more than just a movie, it's an experience, and an experience like no other. If you haven't read the book or don't know what your getting yourself into, then you're gonna have one hell of a ride. Johnny Depp (of course) nails the performance of the character that the book created. What director, Terry Gilliam, did is take the book and match the images that we thought of while reading it, perfectly. Throughout the film, watching the two characters wander witlessly around Las Vegas tripping on acid, I felt like I was part of the experience. Also, Depp's performance is so good, that I started to forget that he wasn't really Hunter S. Thompson. The characters are both psychotic but in different ways. Raoul Duke has one foot in reality and another foot in a pit of madness, Gonzo, however, is off his rocker. He's just a ticking atom bomb ready to go off, I'd be scared to stay in the same room as him. But what keeps this movie going strong is the narration by Depp. Some of it's recited from the book but other times it's whatever's on his mind. Without the narration, the movie would be just one wacky thing after another. Overall, watching this movie is like being hit by a car, sucked into a tornado, spat out into a trampoline factory, raped by a wild tiger, eaten by Godzilla, thrown off the face of the Earth, and plummeting right down on the TV. Any negative reviews you may have heard about this movie make no sense. They love the book while hate the film for being so crazy and shapeless (oh, you mean exactly like the book). This is a perfect adaptation of the book. So great performances, surreal scenery, flowing narration, and a clever cameo by Thompson himself. When I first saw this movie, I liked it just fine. I've seen a few more times and every time I see it, it gets better. Now it's gotten to the point where I think it's one of the best films ever made. So if you're a Johnny Depp fan, or a Terry Gilliam fan, or a Hunter S. Thompson fan, or just in the mood for something different and I mean REALLY different, definitely check it out.

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Release Date:

22 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas See more »


Box Office


$18,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,338,590, 24 May 1998

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