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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

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Dolby
  • Widescreen

Cast

Johnny DeppRaoul Duke
Benicio Del ToroDr Gonzo
Tobey MaguireHitchhiker
Ellen BarkinWaitress at North Star Cafe
Gary BuseyHighway Patrolman
Katherine HelmondDesk Clerk at Mint Hotel
Michael JeterL. Ron Bumquist
Mark HarmonMagazine Reporter
Penn JilletteCarnie Talker
Craig BierkoLacerda
Lyle LovettRoad Person
FleaMusician
Laraine NewmanFrog-Eyed Woman
Harry Dean StantonJudge
Tim ThomersonHoodlum
Richard RiehleDune Buggy Driver
Cameron DiazBlonde TV Reporter
Verne TroyerWee Waiter
Christopher MeloniClerk at Flamingo Hotel
Christina RicciLucy
Hunter S. ThompsonOther Duke in Matrix Flashback

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  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Terry Gilliam
  • Producer: Universal
  • Length: 118 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMay 22, 1998
    EuropeNov 13, 1998
    JapanDec 18, 1999
    AustraliaJul 16, 1998
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaR
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaFeb 2, 2010
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaNov 17, 1998
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