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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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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.


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

9 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vicio propio 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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Thomas Anderson reportedly went about adapting the book by typing it up word for word, then proceeding from there. See more »

Goofs

When Doc goes to see Penny at her office she asks if he will let her depone him. While the use of the word "depone" might seem unusual compared to the more common "depose", this should not be regarded as a mistake. Penny's actual line from the source novel is this: "Would you be willing to depone for me?" See more »

Quotes

Doc Sportello: So, what've you been up to?
Japonica Fenway: Escaping, mostly, and I escape real good.
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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 Friday the 13th (1980) See more »

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Spooks
Written by Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Phil Selway (as Philip Selway) and Thom Yorke
Performed by Jonny Greenwood, Gaz Coombes and Daniel Goffey
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Inside the perceptive stoner
25 February 2015 | by kubpinkSee all my reviews

Yeah, probably : under the paving stones, the beach. But we'll never know. The 60's are over, the dream is gone and the pavement which imprisons it is thick. Pynchon's vision and nostalgia are summed into this genius slogan from May 68 events in Paris. As for the movie, well, it is almost impossible to review. There's too much going on in. I thought it was the finest and most complex blend of comedy, drama, historical, cultural and political recalls I have seen in years. It is utterly funny if you do not mind not catching every bit of the plot. Some shots and most of the dialogues are truly beautiful, every single moment involving Shasta in particular. You will need to pay attention at the details, at what's going on in the background and offscreen. I can only urge you to go see it.


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