Fear and Loathing in Las VegasDirector: Terry Gilliam, Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Craig Bierko
This widescreen DVD offers digital soundtracks and Surround soundtracks with four channels of encoded audio. It features a special interview segment with director Terry Gilliam and stars Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro. The segment explores the drug-induced settings used in the film and the stars' takes on Hunter S. Thompson. Thompson wrote the book on which the film is based and Depp describes getting the writer's mannerisms down for the part. There are also deleted scenes and production notes describing the process of developing the novel into a film. Also available on the DVD are biographies of the two stars and the director, as well as the theatrical trailer. Aside from the scene index, there are optional captions in English, as well as French and Spanish subtitles.
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Cast & Crew
|Johnny Depp||Raoul Duke|
|Benicio Del Toro||Dr. Gonzo|
|Ellen Barkin||North Star Waitress|
|Gary Busey||Highway Patrolman|
|Cameron Diaz||Blonde TV Reporter|
|Mark Harmon||Magazine Reporter|
|Katherine Helmond||Reservations Clerk|
|Michael Jeter||L. Ron Bumquist|
|Penn Jillette||Carnie Talker|
|Lyle Lovett||Road Person|
|Harry Dean Stanton||Judge|
|Steve Arnold||Art Director|
|Rob Bottin||Special Effects|
|Harold Bronson||Executive Producer|
|Lynn Christopher||Set Decoration/Design|
|Richard Foos||Executive Producer|
|Chris Gorak||Art Director|
|Nancy Haigh||Set Decoration/Design|
|Kent Houston||Special Effects Supervisor|
|John Jergens||Associate Producer|
|Alex McDowell||Production Designer|
|Jay Meagher||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Philip A. Patterson||Asst. Director|
|Elliot Lewis Rosenblatt||Co-producer|
|Julie Weiss||Costumes/Costume Designer|
0. Chapter List
1. When the Drugs Began to Take Hold (Main Titles) [:21]
2. 24 Hours Ago... [5:32]
3. 30 Minutes to Vegas [:04]
4. Madness at the Mint [4:35]
5. Your Photographer [3:46]
6. The Sporting Press [6:27]
7. Stoned, Ripped and Twisted [1:20]
8. The Perfect Drug for Vegas [:29]
9. In the Vortex [4:43]
10. Menacing Vibrations [2:49]
11. The Woman in the Elevator [1:08]
12. Humping the American Dream [4:03]
13. Going Completely Sideways [3:29]
14. The Acid Wave [1:11]
15. Horrible Realities [4:32]
16. The Weasels Are Closing In [1:14]
17. Stuck Inside of Baker [:56]
18. The Pigs Are Gathering in Vegas [5:33]
19. The Preternatural Courtship [2:30]
20. Inside the Possessed Mind [2:08]
21. The Last of Lucky [4:20]
22. Too Much Adrenochrome [1:28]
23. Grim Memories and Bad Flashbacks [3:20]
24. Welcome to the Happy Place [1:57]
25. The Sight of the Blade [4:19]
26. The Hard Way to the Airport [1:49]
27. One of God's Own Prototypes [5:17]
28. The Survival Trip [2:49]
29. Just Another Freak in the Freak Kingdom [1:17]
30. End Titles [5:02]
Spotlight On Location
Cast & Filmmakers
JOHNNY DEPP as Raoul Duke
BENICIO DEL TORO as Dr. Gonzo
Directed by TERRY GILLIAM
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I loved this movie! It's one that not everyone is going to like, but if you get it and don't mind the surreal, psychadelic trip - your going to love it!
This is with out a doubt one of the funniest movies of the nineties. Depp and Del Toro work great together, the soundtrack was excellent, the whole thing was great. Alot of people said they didn't like this movie, well, it's not for everyone. Along with Gilliam's other films the Fisher King, Brazil, etc. it has a very surreal aspect to it (the sequence at the circus sticks out). But if you can stand the surrealness and the f- bombs and the sometimes increadibly dark humor, you'll love it. Highly Recomended.
Tremendous depiction of a life everlasting. RIP Hunter.
. Nathan James Mikesell DRUGS! DRUGS! Aparently this book was the American dream in the 60's, I wouldn’t know I’m 18. For a brief description its about two men one a news reporter the other his lawyer. Their journey begins with a road trip to Vegas too cover a news story about a desert race, really nothing to do with the whole story. On the way there and in Vegas they do a countless number of drugs and a abundance amount of alcohol. Its just about how the drugs feel and not being sober for a few weeks.
“He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.” Our story begins with two friendship locked men that decide to make a weekend in Las Vegas into a savage journey that will turn your stomach and curdle your mind. A lawyer (Benicio Del Toro) and a journalist (Johnny Depp) ravage through the desert in search of themselves or anything similar. Our opening scene takes place in the front seat of a radical red Plymouth driving down an open road somewhere in the middle of the Nevadan desert. Our tenacious duo are one toke over the line from powerful narcotics that they recently procured. “Bats!” screams Depp while stopping for a hitch hiker (Toby Maguire), “We can’t stop here, this is bat country!” It is at this precise moment that our story foreshadows its evil underside and numerous hidden meanings. Based on actual events and the exquisite writings of Hunter S. Thomson’s (played by Depp) accounts from his trip to Las Vegas to cover a 400 mile motorcycle race through the desert. Hunter and his trusted attorney Oscar Acosta (Played by Toro) emerge into the glamour of Las Vegas with the grace of an enraged bull. Armed with Hawaiian shirts, drugs, a typewriter, and a gun, our two antagonists are prepared for a weekend of beastly exuberance across the state of Nevada. Movie enthusiasts and beloved fans of Hunter will both be troubled and curious to find the true meanings of this story that can only be described as “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” Fear and Loathing uses a lost weekend in Las Vegas as a metaphor for America’s season in hell; Vietnam. During the time period that these events occurred, the Vietnam War was the spotlight of every major media blockade around the world. When media constantly report on sinister events, such as war, the brainwashed mind that watches and listens becomes increasingly pessimistic towards themselves and others. So how can we escape this dark torment form media influence? In the words of Hunter, “The mind and body must be subjected to extreme stimulus by means of drugs and music.” Thomson provides an air of freedom for our suffocated minds with his norm breaking activities. For many, this story is simply a reinforcing agreement of the effect of drugs on the mind; not a reservoir of hidden undertones of wisdom and unbearable logic. Reporting for his national journal, Sports Illustrated, Thompson files a postmortem on the 60s counterculture by recording the events of his brain.
The movie is great and the special features (esp the commentary) makes this a must for any HST fan. Makes for a terrific gift.
Based on the book and article by the same name, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the movie has been described by the author Hunter S. Thompson as a ¿a vile epitaph for the Drug Culture of the Sixties.¿ On the surface it may be classified as two individuals on a wild drug trip, but deeper I believe it does delve into the eroding of the American dream. This venture into what became known as ¿Gonzo¿ journalism has masterfully been brought to life by actor Johnny Depp who not only transforms into Thompson but also adds his own colorful quirks to relieve this writers journey into the abyss. Benicio Del Toro as Dr. Gonzo, the affable attorney Oscar Acosta who provides the counter to Raul Duke¿s character and pushes the envelope to the extreme that event makes Hunter seem sane. A mix of reality meets fiction, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a cult classic from an age that viewing from today¿s perception seems a whole lot simpler and saner than today¿s world. Cameos by a few other well known stars like Carmen Diaz, Bill Murray, and Gary Busey to name a few, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a wildly wicked peek into the American psyche. It reaffirms the old maxim that what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
"God's original prototype, too weird to live, too rare to die." Depp does a fantastic job of imitating Hunter S. Thompson.... almost too perfect.... right down to his voice and style of smoking. This director brings Thompson's Gonzo journalism brilliantly to the screen. Scary at times, hilarious at others... and some of the most memorable quotes. This film must be watched multiple times, and I promise it only gets better. And if you're really in a movie watching mood, I would also recommend "Where The Buffalo Roam" with Bill Murray portraying Hunter, as Depp does in this film. Also check out "Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride" and "Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson." These documentaries give you a great background to Thompson, and probably a greater appreciation and understanding for this film. Brilliant, insane, drug-induced good time!!!
I did'nt know this movie was going to be about drugs, and usually when people do drugs its not funny, but I thought it was harlious! And it doesn't matter anyway beacuse I love Johnny Depp! * You need to see this movie *
This movie has been one of my favorites for a long time. It keeps me entertained and is easy to just relax and watch.
Within minutes you are shot out of a cannon and into the world of infamous Gonzo creator and Journalist Hunter S. Thompson as Raoul Duke, a man on a mission to hunt down the American Dream in one of the craziest cities in the world; Las Vegas, all the while covering a story for sports magazine. Thompson is by far my personal favorite writer, his language, his flow, his thoughts, his antics, his brutal and charming personality, everything he seems to touch is gold in my mind, even though majority of his work was typed up within minutes on assortments of various substances. I feel like Thompson touched a part of American Culture that hadn't been uncovered til he hit the map. He does follow the ranks of earlier author/artists such as Hemmingway, Fitzgerald, Kerouac, Burroughs, etc. But he came in a special time in not just our country, but the world, the 1960s. Even though Fear and Loathing came out in 1971, you still feel the presence of the 60s mindset and counterculture. A time of Fighting for Freedom, Fighting against Intolerance, Standing up for Civil Rights and so much more. This story though is definitely a Romper of a Riot. SO enough about the story which we all should know by now, especially if you're that interested in the film, cause the book should always be read before viewing the film. This film is also my personal favorite, for everything that is involved within the feature, from the cast to the crew to the story to Hunter himself. Johnny Depp is in his best role yet, like Bill Murray before him (Where The Buffalo Roam) Depp imerges himself deeply into the mind of Thompson, Depp even lived in Thompson's basement called the Dungeon for up to 2 months just to get ahold of who Thompson was and how he acts. Depp definitely pulls it off with this feature like he usually does with every Biopic feature he stars in. Benicio Del Toro takes on the role of Chicano Lawyer Oscar Acosta aka Dr. Gonzo. His performance is just as shining as Depp's, gaining weight and turning himself loose like a wild beast breaking out of its cage. Del Toro said in the commentary that after this film came out it was hard for him to receive roles for other projects cause Casting agents were afraid he'd be too crazy like his character. Terry Gilliam of Monty Python directs this film and who better to direct than one of the creators of Monty Python, in my mind, it's a match made in heaven. Gilliam's style goes hand in hand with craziness this story involves and he proves why he is the most eccentric director going then and today. All in all this story took years in the making to get filmed, everybody from Jack Nicholson to John Belushi were up for the roles, but how could this story have been made the way its supposed to be intended. I'm glad that it took so long, cause it wouldn't have been as great as it is now. Everything about this film is perfection and is the perfect film for any occasion. Even though critics slammed the film, it's become one of the biggest Cult Films in history and continues its journey throughout the years. Since Hunter's death, I think the film is more relevant and proves why Thompson was such an original and a Bad-Ass as well. So Turn on, Tune in and Hold on...this ride will whip you around into a frenzy of multiple sorts.
This movie is one of the best if seen. It has alot of good points in it like to mix other drugs and stuff like that
This movie is fun, real, and based on books by Hunter S. Thompson whom I think is a very good writer. His life-style is shone through this pschycodelic drug crazed film. It also reflects the open drug use of the '60's and '70's. And insight on HST's view of the future of America and the way it has been. If you like to laugh this is a real treat! Also note it is explict in drug use and has some strange and graphic scenes.
First off, this is not a movie for the faint of heart, young kids, or prudish people. It is for anyone who wants a little bit of weirdness, depravity, and an unusual style. From its begginning in the California/Nevada desert, to the 'trip' of a lifetime in Vegas, this movie will drag you through everything from a desert race, an ether trip, a hotel escape, a long car drive(hitch hiker included), and the various effects and consequences of drugs, all while making it hilarious and entertaining. Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro deliver everything that the movie needed. Two drug minded crazies, one a writer and one a self supposed lawyer, doing mindless amounts of drugs, experiencing everything from flying bats in the desert at noon, to lizard men copulating in a bar in the late night Las Vegas scene, to meeting and greeting a little bit of everybody, and finally getting into trouble with about everybody that they could possibly get into trouble with. This is a very good movie, with a knockout performances by the actors, directors, writers, and even the lizard men.
Raoul Duke is not Dr. Thompsons alter ego. He is Dr. Gonzo hence the name Gonzo journalism. I have a large amount of adoration for Dr. HST.
''We were around Barstow when the drugs began to kick in''. This is immense and astonishing movie. Johnny Depp did an incredible job with impersonating Hunter S. Thompson as he goes on a ''job to a dirt bike race''. He only takes a red convertable, his Lawyer Dr. Gonzon, a few hawaiian shirts and a suitcase full of drugs that will make thins trip a trip to never foret.
This movie is a visual trip. A good interpretation of the book!
fear and loathing in las vegas was one of the most surreal movies i've ever seen. terry gilliam does a brilliant job in adaptating and directing thompson's book. the way the camera is at times in a slant and the halluncinations gives the viewer an interesting look at an acid trip. i applaud depp and del toro for breathing life in these off beat characters. watch for cameos.
Fear to loathing and back again Certificate Running Time: 118 Minutes By Gareth Barton “It started when I left Vegas that first time, skipping the hotel bill, driving off in the red convertible all alone, drunk and crazy, back to LA. That’s exactly what I felt. Fear and Loathing.” ~ Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, January 1990 ~ The year is 1971; Sports Journalist Hunter S Thompson aka Raoul Duke sets off on a journey that unbeknownst to him would place him in the film history books 25 or so years later. Hunter S Thompson began his career at the Eglin Airforce base working as a sports editor for the base newspaper. He then went on to write his first book Hells Angels: A strange and Terrible Saga a book that proved the launchpad for a very successful and influential career which included writing articles for the Rolling Stone magazine and having countless books and articles published worldwide. Much copied but never equalled he writes dramatic, bizarre, striking material. Hunter is infamous for his warped vision of the truth, his influences include Hemingway, F Scott Fitzgerald, JP Donleavy, Jack Kerouac and William Faulkner. Hunter S Thompson’s pioneering “Gonzo” style of reportage changed journalism forever. “Gonzo journalism is a style of reporting based on William Faulkner's idea that the best fiction is far more true than any kind of journalism - and the best journalists have always known this. Which is not to say that fiction is necessarily 'more true' than journalism - or vice versa - but that both 'fiction' and 'journalism' are artificial categories; and that both forms, at their best, are only two different means to the same end.” ~ Hunter S. Thompson ~ For a long period Hunter was the most rebellious voice in the US New Journalism movement his counter culture stories paved the way for future generation x journalists. The film is based on the original non-fiction book ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ (New York, Warner books, 1971) that was written by Hunter at the start of his pioneering career as a sports journalist. To sum it up, it is a book of one mans “savage journey into the heart of the American dream”. ~Hunter S Thompson~ “The best book on the dope decade.” New York Times It took nearly 30 years for Thomson’s writings to leap of the page and onto the screen… The film version of the book was directed by the visionary director Terry Gilliam who first made his mark with films like “Brazil” (1985) “The fisher King” (1991) and “12 Monkeys”(1995) he also worked in various roles in the classic Monty Python series. Every film directed by Gilliam bears trademarks in his method of directing these are all seen in ‘Fear and Loathing’. Gilliam uses wide-angle camera lenses to distort the faces of his characters in close-ups, these lenses also pack a huge amount of background detail into shots. He is also well known for starting and finishing his films with the same shot. The world renowned artist Ralph Steadman designed all of the instantly recognisable, stylistic drawings and covers used for the film. He has illustrated such classics as '' Alice in Wonderland'', ''Treasure Island'' and ''Animal Farm''. A few examples of his work can be found on the front covers of this paper. The story of this film begins in the US back around the time of the battle for presidency between democrat George McGovern and republican Richard M Nixon. It was the worst of times, America was still locked in Vietnam, the Beatles had broken up, not to mention the Watergate scandal. Fear and Loathing is written with a casually expressed contempt for the defenders of the Great Silent Majority and their actions. The film outlines the counterculture’s hostile attitudes towards those that were in power at the time. The film set in heyday of 1971 recounts the tale o