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  • 18
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1998
  • 118 mins

Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas

Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas

Synopsis

Gilliam goes on a visually sumptuous yet largely plotless ramble through the American Midwest in this adaptation of Thompson's classic drugs parable

About

Depp is Thompson's alter-ego Raoul Duke, who heads for the gambling mecca with lawyer Dr Gonzo (Del Toro) and an awesome quantity of illegal substances in tow. The trip's purpose as research for an article soon becomes buried underneath a trip of a very different kind.

The two leads play out of character (Depp eschews his regular heart-throb image to play the balding Thompson, while those who saw The Usual Suspects will be amazed by Del Toro's transformation). Their characters, though well played, are profoundly unsympathetic and boring.

Where the film really scores is in Gilliam's warped re-creation of their drug-induced hallucinations: carpets coming to life, dodgy business with serpents and all manner of sleazy and unpleasant goings on. Destined to become a cult favourite, but mass appeal is unlikely.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Ellen Barkin, Benicio Del Toro, Gary Busey, Johnny Depp, Tobey Maguire, Michael Jeter, Cameron Diaz
  • Director: Terry Gilliam
  • Screen Writer: Terry Gilliam, Tod Davies, Alex Cox, Tony Grisoni
  • Producer: Laila Nabulsi, Stephen Nemeth, Patrick Cassavetti
  • Photographer: Nicola Pecorini
  • Composer: Michael Kamen, Ray Cooper

In a nutshell

Thompson and Del Toro blunder through the wild territory of the drug-induced mind like a narcotically-challenged Laurel and Hardy. Bizarre, unpredictable yet strangely alluring.

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