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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Raoul Duke
... Dr. Gonzo
... Hitchhiker
Michael Lee Gogin ... Uniformed Dwarf
... Car Rental Agent - Los Angeles
Brian Le Baron ... Parking Attendant (as Brian LeBaron)
... Desk Clerk at Mint Hotel
... Bell Boy
... Lacerda
Tyde Kierney ... Reporter
... Magazine Reporter
... Hoodlum
... Dune Buggy Driver
Ransom Gates ... Dune Buggy Passenger
... Frog-Eyed Woman
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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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If there was a trip to be taken, they were there (Australian) See more »


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

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Release Date:

22 May 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Angst und Schrecken in Las Vegas  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,335,095, 25 May 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,680,275, 6 June 2013
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Trivia

In the trailer for the movie, when Gonzo fires the gun in the car, it actually goes off instead of just clicking. See more »

Goofs

In the White Rabbit/Bathtub scene, after Duke locks Acosta in the bathroom, he crashes on the bed attempting to get some sleep. He pulls a large cardboard box over himself. There is a blue "closing the circle" recycling symbol clearly visible on the bottom of the box. Though that symbol had been created around 1970, it was not yet used, if at all, on cardboard boxes at the time. See more »

Quotes

[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 ...
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Crazy Credits

The Ralph Steadman drawings from the book are put in with the credits, along with the Gonzo & Duke in the Red Shark picture that takes up the whole screen at the end. See more »

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Followed by The Rum Diary (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

One Toke Over The Line
Written by Michael Brewer and Tom Shipley
Published by Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc.
Performed by Brewer & Shipley (as Brewer and Shipley)
Courtesy of BMG Entertainment International
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The art of character acting...
15 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

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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