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Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro
Sep 19, 2006
|FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS is a whirlwind of a movie, a wacky, drug-laden story backed by a fist-pumping rock & roll soundtrack featuring everything from Wayne Newton and Tom Jones to Combustible Edison and Dead Kennedys. Journalist Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) heads to Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race, bringing along his Samoan lawyer, Dr. Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro), in this furious adaptation of the book by Hunter S. Thompson. It is 1971, and Duke and Gonzo are on their way to Sin City with a frightened hitchhiker (a nearly unrecognizable Tobey Maguire) and a trunkful of drugs, which they ingest nonstop. Depp is terrific as Duke, Thompson's alter ego, and Del Toro is a riot as the crazy lawyer. To perfect his Thompsonian performance, Depp spent a lot of time with the good doctor, and it paid off in a film that captures the frenetic pace of the counterculture novel. Director Terry Gilliam, a master of complex, bizarre visual imagery, has a field day interpreting the drug-hazed world in which Duke and Gonzo reside. An all-star cast chimes in with wonderfully offbeat bit parts, including Harry Dean Stanton, Gilliam regular Katherine Helmond, Flea, Cameron Diaz, Ellen Barkin, Christina Ricci, Gary Busey, Lyle Lovett, and others.|
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Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (06/25/1998)
"...FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS throws you straight into a demented cinematic 'acid test'..."
Sight and Sound - Linda Ruth Williams (11/01/1998)
"...A lucid hallucination. Depp again proves himself our most inventive actor....This movie isn't about drugs, it is drugs..." -- Rating: B+
Entertainment Weekly - Troy Patterson (11/13/1998)
"...A fidelity to the author's hallucinatory imagery that until now seemed impossible to capture in a film. But here it is in all its splendiferous funhouse terror: the closest sensory approximation of an acid trip ever achieved by a mainstream movie..."
New York Times - Stephen Holden (05/22/1998)
4 stars out of 5 -- "Depp and Del Toro couldn't be more perfect for the roles and throw themselves in without fear or hesitation."
"A shocking, funny and sad tale of idealism's demise en route."
Total Film - Total Film Staff (07/01/2006)
HD-DVD Like New Plays well, no noticeable scratches on disc! Items ships 1'st class. Ships USPS with tracking number. We ship daily from Tennessee!