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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Johnny Depp , Benicio Del Toro , Terry Gilliam  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Ellen Barkin, Craig Bierko, Gary Busey
  • Directors: Terry Gilliam
  • Writers: Terry Gilliam, Tony Grisoni, Tod Davies, Alex Cox
  • Producers: Laila Nabulsi, Patrick Cassavetti, Stephen Nemeth
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: November 17, 1998
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (657 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783229526
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,762 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" on IMDb

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    The original cowriter and director of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was Alex Cox, whose earlier film Sid and Nancy suggests that Cox could have been a perfect match in filming Hunter S. Thompson's psychotropic masterpiece of "gonzo" journalism. Unfortunately Cox departed due to the usual "creative differences," and this ill-fated adaptation was thrust upon Terry Gilliam, whose formidable gifts as a visionary filmmaker were squandered on the seemingly unfilmable elements of Thompson's ether-fogged narrative. The result is a one-joke movie without the joke--an endless series of repetitive scenes involving rampant substance abuse and the hallucinogenic fallout of a road trip that's run crazily out of control. Johnny Depp plays Thompson's alter ego, "gonzo" journalist Raoul Duke, and Benicio Del Toro is his sidekick and so-called lawyer Dr. Gonzo. During the course of a trip to Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race, they ingest a veritable chemistry set of drugs, and Gilliam does his best to show us the hallucinatory state of their zonked-out minds. This allows for some dazzling imagery and the rampant humor of stumbling buffoons, and the mumbling performances of Depp and Del Toro wholeheartedly embrace the tripped-out, paranoid lunacy of Thompson's celebrated book. But over two hours of this insanity tends to grate on the nerves--like being the only sober guest at a party full of drunken idiots. So while Gilliam's film may achieve some modest cult status over the years, it's only because Fear and Loathing is best enjoyed by those who are just as stoned as the characters in the movie. --Jeff Shannon

    Product Description

    When a writing assignment lands journalist Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) and sidekick Dr. Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro) in Las Vegas, they decide to make it the ultimate business trip. But before long, business is forgotten and trip has become the key word. Fueled by a suitcase full of mind-bending pharmaceuticals, Duke and Gonzo set off on a fast and furious ride through nonstop neon, surreal surroundings and a crew of the craziest characters ever (including cameo appearances by Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci, Gary Busey and many others). But no matter where misadventure leads them, Duke and Gonzo discover that sometimes going too far is the only way to go. Capturing the insane madness of Hunter S. Thompson's literary classic was the challenge that director Terry Gilliam (12 Monkeys) openly embraced. Critics hailed it as: "Mindblowing. Bizarre. Outrageous. Wild." Buy the ticket. Take the ride!

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    177 of 191 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The critics were wrong again January 23, 2001
    By dwpoore
    Format:DVD
    I find it sad that much of the country bases it's movie selections on the opinions of hacks like Leonard Maltin. I can see why this wasn't a mainstream success due to it's waaaaaay out in left field mentality, but because of all the negativity this great film remains unseen by many. As people come around to the acting genius of both Johnny Depp and Benecio Del Toro (and they will), they will inevitably want to see their earlier works and then, finally, they will see what all the hype wasn't about.
    Terry Gilliam absolutely NAILED Hunter's book. The visuals are incredible and alarming. The angles, strange and enticing. I heard that they filmed this movie without a script, just the book in hand. After reading the book, I believe trying to write a script for it could have severly dampened the impact.
    Now for the drug use... If you are the type of person who realized that Fight Club wasn't really about the fighting, then you will also realize that Fear & Loathing isn't really about the drug use. According to the big dog movie critics only a stoner will appreciate this movie, which leads me to believe that only idiots become professional movie reviewers.
    If you appreciate ground-breaking cinema, truly innovative directing, first-rate acting and are looking for something different... the ramblings of a gonzo journalist could be just the thing.
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    44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas June 21, 2008
    Format:DVD
    A Review of the DVD: "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"

    Starring:
    Johnny Depp,
    Benicio Del Toro

    Director: Terry Gilliam

    Writing credits:
    Hunter S. Thompson (book)
    Terry Gilliam (screenplay)
    Tony Grisoni (screenplay)
    Tod Davies (screenplay)
    Alex Cox (screenplay)

    Run Time: 118 Minutes
    Released: 1998

    Hunter Thompson practiced total immersion journalism. He called this form reporting gonzo journalism.

    Hunter Thompson drove to Las Vegas to report on a motorcycle race and ended up writing a story about himself writing a story about a motorcycle race. If he would have written a conventional report on motorcycle racing it would have been interesting to motorcycle enthusiasts for a few days. Since he wrote a gonzo story he had a very wide canvas and he used it well to create a classic.

    Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro do justice to the outrageous characters created by Hunter S Thompson. The reader might be turned off by the obstreperous behavior, extreme self indulgence and offensive inconsiderate language. If you can look past this offensive conduct and you will see that Hunter S Thompson gave us an insight into the American character of the 1970's.

    See also: Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga (Modern Library)

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    I completely enjoyed this film and recommend it to others.
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    38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas June 21, 2008
    Format:HD DVD
    A Review of the DVD: "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"

    Starring:
    Johnny Depp,
    Benicio Del Toro

    Director: Terry Gilliam

    Writing credits:
    Hunter S. Thompson (book)
    Terry Gilliam (screenplay)
    Tony Grisoni (screenplay)
    Tod Davies (screenplay)
    Alex Cox (screenplay)

    Run Time: 118 Minutes
    Released: 1998

    Hunter Thompson practiced total immersion journalism. He called this form reporting gonzo journalism.

    Hunter Thompson drove to Las Vegas to report on a motorcycle race and ended up writing a story about himself writing a story about a motorcycle race. If he would have written a conventional report on motorcycle racing it would have been interesting to motorcycle enthusiasts for a few days. Since he wrote a gonzo story he had a very wide canvas and he used it well to create a classic.

    Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro do justice to the outrageous characters created by Hunter S Thompson. The reader might be turned off by the obstreperous behavior, extreme self indulgence and offensive inconsiderate language. If you can look past this offensive conduct and you will see that Hunter S Thompson gave us an insight into the American character of the 1970's.

    See also: Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga (Modern Library)

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    I completely enjoyed this film and recommend it to others.
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    23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performances by Depp and Del Toro! January 9, 2007
    Format:HD DVD
    It was upsetting to see the only review of this title was not a review at all but a complaint against amazon so I had to put in my two cents. This movie has some of the best performances from Jonny Depp and Benicio Del Toro and Terry Gilliam directs one of his finest films ever. Too bad this one was missed by audiences in 1998 when it quickly came and went from theatres after the first week. If you like Hunter S. Thompson and movies like The Big Lebowski, you'll want to make sure to add this item to your movie collection. The HD transfer alone is worth purchasing this version, but make sure to check out the Criterion DVD which contains interviews from Hunter S. Thompson as well as a full movie commentary that's as entertaining as the movie itself.
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