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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Actors: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Terry Gilliam, Tobey Maguire, Ellen Barkin
Director: Terry Gilliam
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
R     1998     1hr 59min

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Actors: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Terry Gilliam, Tobey Maguire, Ellen Barkin
Director: Terry Gilliam
Creators: Terry Gilliam, Elliot Lewis Rosenblatt, Harold Bronson, Alex Cox, Hunter S. Thompson, Tod Davies, Tony Grisoni
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Terry Gilliam, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Universal Studios
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 11/17/1998
Original Release Date: 05/22/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 05/22/1998
Release Year: 1998
Run Time: 1hr 59min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Samuel K. (Solvanda)
Reviewed on 6/7/2021...
Ever notice how Big Tech, The Mainstream Media, "Fact Checkers", and Hollywood are excessively up in arms about this term? Check around. Don't take my word for it. Where there's smoke, there's fire.

"Adrenochrome is a chemical compound created by the oxidation of adrenaline, a hormone secreted by human adrenal glands. Dr. Gonzo brings a bottle of adrenochrome to Vegas, a drug that Duke claims “makes pure mescaline seem like ginger beer.” Duke takes a tiny drop of the drug and can’t walk or speak for hours. While adrenochrome is a fictional drug in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the compound does actually exist, although it does not have any psychedelic properties. Thompson’s reference to adrenochrome is implicitly violent—the drug must be harvested from a living adrenal gland, which implies someone must be murdered simply so someone else can get high. This implication of violence aligns with Thompson’s overall argument relating to violence in American society."
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Movie Reviews

The critics were wrong again
dporgie | Flemington, NJ United States | 01/23/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."
Buy the ticket; take the ride
cinemajunkie | New Jersey | 02/17/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"If, when you rent this film, you are expecting a Cheech and Chong film, think twice. People frequently compare the two, but Fear and Loathing is not only infinitely better, it is not the screwball comedy everyone seems to think it is.Johnny Depp plays Raoul Duke, alter ego to gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, who wrote the book this film is based on. He is sent on an assignment by Rolling Stone to cover a motorcycle race in Las Vegas. Coming along for the ride is Dr. Gonzo (aka Oscar Zeta Acosta), Duke's repulsive attorney, played by Benicio del Toro. The two rent a very expensive convertible and bring along with them a case full of illegal drugs.The film is essentially the journey of two drug-fueled madmen through one of the most unfriendly cities in the country, but it's also a study on what life was like in 1971. In the end, as funny as it may be, it's really a docudrama. Gilliam directs the film in his classic "nightmarish" style, creating a truly hellish vision of America. But the biggest surprise of all is how true the screenplay is to the novel. Sure, like any adaptation, some good stuff is taken out, but if you compare what's written down, there isn't that much of a difference.Most enjoyable, however, are the performances. Johnny Depp is hilarious as Duke and Del Toro, despite how disgusting his character is, is nothing short of a scene stealer. The film is also ripe with cameos, the most memorable are the ones delivered by Harry Dean Stanton, Tobey Maguire, Gary Busey, and of course, Flea of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.I recommend this to any Gilliam/Thompson fans, though in order to enjoy it, you need to watch it in a generally filthy atmosphere, and for some of you, you may need to see it more than once to really appreciate this. Overall, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a very good film filled with moments that stick with you for a long time."
Madness, Politics, Drug Use and Mean-Tempered Cops
Citizenrobot | Los Angeles, CA United States | 02/01/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This DVD finally gives one of Terry Gilliam's lesser-loved (but brilliant!) films the red carpet treatment. The commentary from Gilliam is crazed and passionate; Depp and Del Toro really show off their wit, charm, and intelligence along with producer Laila Nabulsi's back-stage insight, and the last commentary is a rather odd and screwball one from Thompson himself. I won't tell you a thing about the last commentary. You've got to buy this and check it out on your own. (Here's a hint: 'Screeee-ahhhh! Raaaaaaaagh!' *other assorted sounds*)The second disc is crammed with some great goodies as well - Depp reads letters written to/from Thompson. There's a great BBC documentary showing HST and Ralph Steadman undertaking a trip from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. Another gem is a snippet from an audio-book recording of Fear & Loathing with Jim Jarmusch as Raoul Duke! All definitely worth it.Fear and Loathing isn't just a drug movie (as all the extras on the DVD will reiterate over and over again) - it's a truthful, imaginative, twisted, and subversive take on the death of the most idealistic decade and generation. We get to see it all through the eyes of two renegade professionals, one a journalist and the other a lawyer, both fighting the good fight against scum and villainy.We can't stop here! THIS IS BAT COUNTRY."