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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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Bruce Robinson

Writers:

Bruce Robinson (screenplay), Hunter S. Thompson (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Depp ... Kemp
Aaron Eckhart ... Sanderson
Michael Rispoli ... Sala
Amber Heard ... Chenault
Richard Jenkins ... Lotterman
Giovanni Ribisi ... Moberg
Amaury Nolasco ... Segurra
Marshall Bell ... Donovan
Bill Smitrovich ... Mr. Zimburger
Julian Holloway ... Wolsley
Bruno Irizarry ... Lazar
Enzo Cilenti ... Digby
Aaron Lustig ... Monk
Tisuby González Tisuby González ... Rosy
Natalia Rivera 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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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA | UK

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English | Spanish | German

Release Date:

28 October 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hunter S. Thompson's The Rum Diary See more »

Filming Locations:

Puerto Rico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to the international maritime signal flag code, the flags in Sanderson's boat when they go to the carnival sat STTHOMTP (port side) and CARNIVAL (starboard). See more »

Goofs

When Kemp and Sanderson talk at the dock the morning after Sanderson's fiancée refused to leave the nightclub, Kemp's hair is frizzy, unkempt, and blowing in the breeze. Sanderson says, "You blew it, Kemp." When the camera cuts back to Kemp, moments later, his hair is styled neatly. 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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Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.16 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Go Funky
Written by Theodore Roosevelt Taylor (as Theodore Taylor)
Performed by Theodore Roosevelt Taylor (as Hound Dog Taylor) and the HouseRockers
Courtesy of Alligator Records
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The Movie That Johnny Depp Intended It To Be
3 November 2011 | by brookeb3393See all my reviews

It's important to remember why this movie was made. It is for Hunter S. Thompson. That was really Johnny Depp's main focus. His goal is never to make the number one movie. He doesn't want to be a box office star. He wants to make movies that mean something to him and that is exactly what he did with The Rum Diary.

With that said, he made a beautiful film for his late friend. He played Hunter S. Thompson so wonderfully and stayed true to his character. Johnny honored his friend in the best way that he could, and did a phenomenal job in my opinion.

Aside from the film's purpose, if I had gone to see this with no knowledge of it's back story, I still would have enjoyed it. It was funnier than I was expecting and there was romance throughout. I was definitely interested the entire two hours. It is worth the price of a ticket because as usual, Johnny Depp delivered.


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