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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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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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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:

$5,135,369 (USA) (28 October 2011)

Gross:

$13,100,042 (USA) (16 December 2011)
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Trivia

The final black and white still shot at the very end of the movie is not Puerto Rico, where the movie takes place, but Aruba. The author is shown sitting on a bench at the Aruba Palm Beach Club with a bottle of Amstel beer. The Aruba Caribbean Hotel, in the background, was the first resort hotel constructed on Palm Beach. The author visited Aruba while living in Puerto Rico. The photo is also the book's cover photo. See more »

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When Sanderson and Kemp talk in the car, the camera is reflected in Kemp's sunglasses. See more »

Quotes

Moburg: This country was built on genocide and slavery. We killed all the black guys over here and then we shipped in new black guys of our own. And then we brought in Jesus like a bar of soap.
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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.15 (2011) See more »

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Mandinga
Written by Guillermo Rodriguez Fiffe
Performed by Rubén González
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records/World Circuit
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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One king hell of a movie for HST fans.
14 October 2011 | by (Anaheim, CA) – See all my reviews

I'm a huge Hunter S Thompson fan, but I was feeling very weary of this film since it has been shelved for almost a year now. I attended the world premiere last night, and I can report with absolute sincerity that if you loved HST's work, this will not disappoint.

The one problem many die hard fans of the book may have is with the character of Sanderson. In the book Paul Kemp and Sanderson represent the dueling persona's of Hunter, one being a cutthroat athletic type, the other being the booze-hound anti-authoritarian. In this film, Johnny Depp plays more to the character being a young HST and combines the characteristics of both into Kemp. Some may have a problem with this, but the movie is stronger for it as you are only rooting for the protagonist while giving the story a strong antagonist, a necessity in filmmaking.

In my eyes, this is Bruce Robinson's best work on screen to date, Johnny Depp is absolutely awe-inspiringly believable as a very young and constrained Hunter, and the cast could not have been more dead on. I'll be seeing this several more times in the theaters in the coming months.


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