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Inherent Vice (2014)

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In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles private investigator Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.

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Paul Thomas Anderson (written for the screen by), Thomas Pynchon (based on the novel by)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 93 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joanna Newsom ... Sortilège
Katherine Waterston ... Shasta Fay Hepworth
Joaquin Phoenix ... Larry "Doc" Sportello
Jordan Christian Hearn ... Denis
Taylor Bonin Taylor Bonin ... Ensenada Slim
Jeannie Berlin ... Aunt Reet
Josh Brolin ... Lt. Det. Christian F. "Bigfoot" Bjornsen
Eric Roberts ... Michael Z. Wolfmann
Serena Scott Thomas ... Sloane Wolfmann
Maya Rudolph ... Petunia Leeway
Martin Dew ... Dr. Buddy Tubeside
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Tariq Khalil
Hong Chau ... Jade
Shannon Collis ... Bambi
Christopher Allen Nelson ... Glenn Charlock
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Storyline

During the psychedelic 60s and 70s Larry "Doc" Sportello is surprised by his former girlfriend and her plot for her billionaire boyfriend, his wife, and her boyfriend. A plan for kidnapping gets shaken up by the oddball characters entangled in this groovy kidnapping romp based upon the novel by Thomas Pynchon. Written by bignicknasty97

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Love usually leads to trouble.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug use throughout, sexual content, graphic nudity, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

9 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Inherent Vice See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$328,184, 12 December 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,110,975

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,710,975
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Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The real name of the ship that doubles as the Golden Fang is "American Pride". See more »

Goofs

In the restaurant discussing the Golden Fang, Doc and Sauncho Smilax bring up Howard Hughes and his purchases in Las Vegas real estate. The movie takes place in 1970, Howard Hughes dies in 1976, yet Doc refers to Howard Hughes in the past tense when he says, "Howard Hughes was Italian?" as if he were dead. See more »

Quotes

Doc Sportello: How would I forget something like that?
Deputy D.A. Penny Kimball: Grass. And who knows what else?
Doc Sportello: I'm only a light smoker.
Deputy D.A. Penny Kimball: How many joints have you had today?
Doc Sportello: I have to check the logbook.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits roll, the end caption is the opening inscription from Pynchon's novel, Inherent Vice: "Under the Paving-Stones, the Beach!" - Graffito, Paris, May 1968 See more »

Connections

References Gilligan's Island (1964) See more »

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The Throwaway Age
Written by Bob Irwin
Performed by Bob Irwin & the Pluto Walkers
Courtesy of Sundazed Music, Inc.
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PTA's loosest, but also funniest, film to date
27 March 2015 | by brchthethirdSee all my reviews

After a long wait I've finally seen Paul Thomas Anderson's latest cinematic creation, and...it was different, to say the least. It has some loose plotting and a narrative that takes a lot of detours, but the acting, cinematography and music, as well as a keen sense of style make this essential for PTA fans. Other people not so inclined to like indie or art films like this will probably find it slow and boring, though, but it's their loss. The story follows Larry "Doc" Sportello, a private eye who is put on a case brought to him by a former girlfriend, and that has to do with the disappearance of her current lover who is some real estate tycoon. But here, the story and plot aren't really the point. What ensues has more to do with capturing the feel of an era, that pivotal moment in US history when the hedonistic culture of the 60's gave way to the more restrained 70's. Doc represents someone who is caught between the two and is somewhat of an outsider, but the perfect lens through the audience can view what transpires on screen. Thematically, there are a lot of elements at play. There's plenty of drugs and paranoia (some of which is brought on by drugs), but also references to the civil rights movement, the Manson family and other things one would think of when defining the 60's (particularly the late 60's). When it comes down to it, this is an odyssey that doesn't require complete understanding to appreciate. Just let the film wash over you like a wave and savor the experience. For now I need to just let it marinate a little longer in order to really develop a coherent opinion about it, but I did enjoy the film nonetheless. I don't completely get everything that happened, although further viewings might clear some of it up. From the technical side of things, INHERENT VICE delivers exactly what you'd expect from a PTA film: stunning visuals, immaculate production design, incredible performances and an eclectic score and soundtrack. Overall, this is loosest but also funniest film that PTA has ever done, and his fans should be pleased.


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