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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

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

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Michael Lee Gogin ...
Uniformed Dwarf
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Brian Le Baron ...
Parking Attendant (as Brian LeBaron)
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Bell Boy
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Tyde Kierney ...
Reporter
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Hoodlum
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Dune Buggy Driver
Ransom Gates ...
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Frog-Eyed Woman
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Storyline

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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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

DIRECTOR_CAMEO(Terry Gilliam): Wearing a cap and holding a microphone protruding from a large tape recorder box in the motorcycle race, as the bikers take off. 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 »

Connections

Featured in Dawson's Creek: Castaways (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Jumpin' Jack Flash
Written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Published by ABKCO Music, Inc.
Performed by The Rolling Stones
by arrangement with ABKCO Records
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Vacant and tedious
5 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

Although widely considered a cult classic, this movie is almost unwatchable for the average viewer. The depiction of the LSD experience and general visual approach of Terry Gilliam is interesting as always, but that's hardly enough to support an entire movie. Even the slightest sign of a plot would have helped enormously, but the film is just a stitching of scenes comprising of... pretty much nothing at all. The movie's subsequent cult success is probably due to the fact that people with drug experiences can identify with certain events of the movie, but definitely, experiencing an acid trip yourself must be much more enjoyable than living it through the eyes of a bald Johnny Depp.


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