Fear and Loathing in Las VegasMay 22, 1998
An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychadelic escapades.
Release Year: 1998
Rating: 7.6/10 (112,416 voted)
Critic's Score: 41/100
Stars: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire
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.
Writers: Hunter S. Thompson, Terry Gilliam
Benicio Del Toro
Waitress at North Star Cafe
Desk Clerk at Mint Hotel
L. Ron Bumquist
Harry Dean Stanton
Give us your brain for two hours and you will never be the same again…..(Icelandic)
Release Date: 22 May 1998
Filming Locations: Ambassador Hotel – 3400 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $4,335,095
(25 May 1998)
(19 July 1998)
Did You Know?
During Raoul Duke's acid trip in the bar of the hotel when he first arrives in Las Vegas, you hear "Roger Pratt, please report to the front desk" being said on the PA. Roger Pratt worked with director Terry Gilliam on
Monty Python and the Holy Grail,
The Fisher King, and
Twelve Monkeys as his cinematographer – but not on Fear and Loathing.
When Duke is trying to calm Gonzo down with the mace, Dr. Gonzo screams and whines, but his mouth is closed
We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like:
I feel a bit lightheaded. Maybe you should drive.
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:
Holy Jesus. What are these goddamn animals?
[swatting the air]
Huh! Huh! Huh! Fucking pigs.
Did you say something?
Hm? Never mind. It's your turn to drive.
No point in mentioning these bats, I thought. Poor bastard will see them soon enough.
The art of character acting…
I think the people who reviewed this film are a bit warped for thinking
of it as anything less than a masterpiece. This film comes from the
glorious days of Johnny Depp taking obscure roles in films and totally
immersing himself in the character. Benecio Del Toro's performance was
second to none, and I cannot for the life of me comprehend why someone
would think this to be the "worst movie ever". God save us that we
actually have to think a little when we sit in those awful theatre
seats. Heaven forbid we're required to use our imagination a little bit
and not have it handed to us in the form of Hollywood mindless pap. The
film, del toro, Depp, and of course, Gilliam are all brilliant. I pity
the fools who gave this movie a negative review and fail miserably in
articulating their reasoning.