The Rum Diary

October 28, 2011 0 By Fans
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American journalist Paul Kemp takes on a freelance job in Puerto Rico for a local newspaper during the 1950s and struggles to find a balance between island culture and the expatriates who live there.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 6.4/10 (19,886 voted)

Critic's Score: 56/100

Bruce Robinson

Stars: Johnny Depp, Giovanni Ribisi, Aaron Eckhart

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?

Writers: Bruce Robinson, Hunter S. Thompson


Johnny Depp


Aaron Eckhart


Michael Rispoli


Amber Heard


Richard Jenkins


Giovanni Ribisi


Amaury Nolasco


Marshall Bell


Bill Smitrovich

Mr. Zimburger

Julian Holloway


Karen Austin

Mrs. Zimburger

Bruno Irizarry


Enzo Cilenti


Aaron Lustig


Tisuby González


One part outrage. One part justice. Three parts rum. Mix well.


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Release Date: 28 October 2011

Filming Locations: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Box Office Details

Budget: $45,000,000


Opening Weekend: $5,135,369
(30 October 2011)
(2272 Screens)

Gross: $13,100,042
(18 December 2011)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Benicio Del Toro, Brad Pitt, Josh Hartnett and Nick Nolte were originally slated to appear.


When Kemp and Sanderson are talking and signing the contract, Kemp lights a cigarette and in the next cut its gone.


[from trailer]

Paul Kemp:
I thought maybe you were a mermaid.

I'm from Connecticut.

User Review

One king hell of a movie for HST fans.

Rating: 10/10

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

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