Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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Director: Terry Gilliam

Cast: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Craig Bierko


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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…  See more details below


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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All Movie Guide - Matthew Tobey
Just as it seemed impossible to make a cinematic adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's words from the classic 1971 account of post-1960s America, it's quite a task describing such a visual film in text. It simply has to be seen to be believed and understood. And that is one of the film's biggest successes, turning the words into images -- original, vivid, unforgettable images that pull the viewer into the movie whether they get it or not, whether it's a dream, a drug trip, or a warped recollection of the past. But Terry Gilliam's brilliant visual style would be wasted if not for the incredible performances of Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro. Both play their characters with the eyes of strangers in a strange land, despite the fact that they are in their home country. Judged by many to be pointless and even boring, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is, as the original book was, a reflection of an unsettling, unpredictable time. It's lack of a concrete traditional story arc may turn some off, but for those who can look beyond that, it is hilarious, scary, manic, and poignant, a film that is pure anarchic entertainment as much as it is compelling insight.

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[Dolby Digital Surround]
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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Johnny Depp Raoul Duke
Benicio Del Toro Dr. Gonzo
Craig Bierko Lacerda
Ellen Barkin North Star Waitress
Gary Busey Highway Patrolman
Cameron Diaz Blonde TV Reporter
Flea Musician
Mark Harmon Magazine Reporter
Katherine Helmond Reservations Clerk
Michael Jeter L. Ron Bumquist
Penn Jillette Carnie Talker
Lyle Lovett Road Person
Tobey Maguire Hitchiker
Christina Ricci Lucy
Harry Dean Stanton Judge
Tim Thomerson Hoodlum
Richard Riehle Actor

Technical Credits
Terry Gilliam Director,Screenwriter
Steve Arnold Art Director
Rob Bottin Special Effects
Harold Bronson Executive Producer
Patrick Cassavetti Producer
Lynn Christopher Set Decoration/Design
Alex Cox Screenwriter
Tod Davies Screenwriter
Richard Foos Executive Producer
Chris Gorak Art Director
Tony Grisoni Screenwriter
Nancy Haigh Set Decoration/Design
Kent Houston Special Effects Supervisor
John Jergens Associate Producer
Alex McDowell Production Designer
Jay Meagher Sound/Sound Designer
Laila Nabulsi Producer
Stephen Nemeth Producer
Philip A. Patterson Asst. Director
Nicola Pecorini Cinematographer
Elliot Lewis Rosenblatt Co-producer
Margery Simkin Casting
Lesley Walker Editor
Julie Weiss Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
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]

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
DoctorGonzo More than 1 year ago
Tremendous depiction of a life everlasting. RIP Hunter.
MrVanisawesome More than 1 year ago
. 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.
Sherms31 More than 1 year ago
“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.
Mor_g More than 1 year ago
The movie is great and the special features (esp the commentary) makes this a must for any HST fan. Makes for a terrific gift.
Dr_Wilson_Trivino More than 1 year ago
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.
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laurenrae284 More than 1 year ago
"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!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Johnny Depp gives the acting performance of the year in the 1998 film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. A film you either love or hate, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is very humorous and is a good time every time I watch it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is one of the best ive ever seen.johnny depp plays his role brillantly. It rocks watch it
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro both play their roles to the fullest extent of what Dr. Thompson would have expected. The acting on both of their parts is so realistic, that one might wonder if they were really acting...just a bit of humor... the psychodelic twists and special effects make this movie an amazing portrayal of what Dr. Thompson would have wanted it to be. The Bazooka circus and the different hotel scenes contribute to their outrageous trip to Vegas.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dude, this movie was SO good! It was SUCH a trip! I loved it! It was halarious!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well...Considering how many other directors & screenwriters have taken a crack at adapting Hunter Thompson's original book, and how it's long been considered ''unfilmable''..along with other masterpieces of Western writing such as ''Catch-22'' & ''Naked Lunch''..well, we've seen the attempts at those, and the simple fact is that those books(and similar highly subjective writing experiments)are so literary, so visionary and so stylized that a producer could hand this type of project to 10 different directors, and you'd get 10 considerably different movies. I suppose Terry Gilliam was as well qualified to film it as anyone else..I could see Aronofsky, Proyas or Oliver Stone just as easily, but I'm not a producer..anyway, any complaints are fairly trivial: half of the fun of the book was the bickering and bantering between Thompson and Acosta, and del Torres' accent and slurred delivery are so heavy that you can't understand much of his dialogue; there are chunks of Thompson's synapse-curdling narration that I wish could have been worked into the film; but, all in all, still a perfectly valid adaptation, since you can't please everybody. The ''Lounge Lizard'' and first ''Hitch Hiker'' sequences are particularly well done..I'm considering buying the expanded Criterion version when it becomes available. Buy it in any version you can get, but brace yourself-it's a scatological, confrontational, frequently deliberately unpleasant movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 *