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The Rum Diary (2011)

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American journalist Paul Kemp takes on a freelance job in Puerto Rico for a local newspaper during the 1960s and struggles to find a balance between island culture and the expatriates who live there.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Kemp
... Sanderson
... Sala
... Chenault
... Lotterman
... Moberg
... Segurra
... Donovan
... Mr. Zimburger
... Wolsley
... Lazar
... Digby
... Monk
Tisuby González ... Rosy
Natalia Rivera ... Chenault's Friend
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Storyline

Hard-drinking journalist Paul Kemp takes a job at a besieged newspaper in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His volatile editor, Lotterman, assigns him to tourist pieces and horoscopes, but promises more. Paul rooms with Sala, an aging and equally alcoholic reporter, in a rundown flat. Sanderson, a wealthy entrepreneur, hires Paul to flack for a group of investors who plan to buy an island near the capital and build a resort. Sanderson's girl-friend, the beguiling Chenault, bats her eyes at Paul. His loyalties face challenges when he and Sala get in trouble with locals, when a Carnival dance enrages Sanderson, and when the paper hits the skids. Is the solution always alcohol? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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One part outrage. One part justice. Three parts rum. Mix well. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language, brief drug use and sexuality | See all certifications »

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28 October 2011 (USA)  »

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Hunter S. Thompson's The Rum Diary  »

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$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,135,369, 30 October 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,100,042, 18 December 2011
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Trivia

Philippe Vonlanthen, who met 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. See more »

Goofs

When Kemp prepares to get breakfast with Hal Sanderson, he puts on his glasses. In the next shot, the glasses are gone. He stands up and picks up them up from the table. See more »

Quotes

Paul Kemp: The only upside with Nixon is he ain't gonna win.
Sala: He's got the grin.
Paul Kemp: He ain't gonna win. Irish guy's gonna win. But don't ever let him live.
Sala: Well how do you know that?
Paul Kemp: I do horoscopes.
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Featured in Maltin on Movies: This Means War (2012) See more »

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Nothin' But Lovin'
Written by Ed Palermo and John Palermo
Performed by Eugene Ruffolo
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari/MasterSource
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Very Underrated Movie.....Give it a Try !
29 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

After all the bad reviews, I thought long and hard about watching this, but then respect for Bruce Robinson, and Johhny Depp took over, and I had to watch it. The movie turned out to be really great, the acting was very good, from everybody, the less colorful actor in this was probably Depp, but in relative terms of course, its just, he didn't bring anything new to the table, but all the other actors were a blast, Michael Rispoli was awesome, a great friend in the movie, just one of these roles that you watch it and want to go chill and drink few rums with him. Giovanni Ribisi is just great as a drunk journalist, lately, every role with him I saw, its just pure magic. His role is a bit controversial, or at least as Johhny said in one of his European interviews defending this film, few aspects of the film are not made for the American audience, I guess you have to watch the film and judge for yourself on this one. What else can I say, I was surprised, very underrated movie, don't go in expecting Withnail & I or Fear and Loathing because those movies are masterpieces in their own right, and its very hard to make something similar to them (especially Fear and Loathing) but this film definitely comes close in its atmosphere, pacing, and friendly feeling to Withnail & I, so don't go in expecting it to be Fear or Withnail, but keep in mind the charm is there. Give it a try and you will not regret it. "_"


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