Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Blu Ray) (Criterion Collection)

Directed By: Terry Gilliam Starring: Johnny Depp Benicio Del Toro

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SKU 219885277
UPC 715515070218
UPC 14 00715515070218
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 4/26/2011
Rating Rating
Based On A Novel
Las Vegas, Nevada
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "I think I'm getting the fear."--Dr. Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro) to Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp)
Quote "There I am...uh, clearly I was a victim of the drug explosion."--Duke when he sees the real Hunter S. Thompson
Quote "Wait! We can't stop here! This is bat country!"--Duke to Dr. Gonzo
Rolling Stone "...Fiendish intensity..." 06/25/1998 p.99
Sight and Sound "...FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS throws you straight into a demented cinematic 'acid test'..." 11/01/1998 p.48-9
Entertainment Weekly "...A lucid hallucination. Depp again proves himself our most inventive actor....This movie isn't about drugs, it is drugs..." -- Rating: B 11/13/1998 p.82
New York Times "...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..." 05/22/1998 p.E14
Total Film "[A] shocking, funny and sad tale of idealism's demise en route." 07/01/2006 p.128
Premiere 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." 02/01/2010
Terry Gilliam
Johnny Depp
Benicio Del Toro
Cast & Crew
Lyle Lovett - Star
Gary Busey - Star
Cameron Diaz - Star
Johnny Depp - Star
Christina Ricci - Star
Ellen Barkin - Star
Benicio Del Toro - Star
Tobey Maguire - Star
Alex McDowell - Production Designer
Terry Gilliam - Screenwriter
Nicola Pecorini - Director of Photography
Julie Weiss - Costume Designer
Tony Grisoni - Screenwriter
Tod Davies - Screenwriter
Stephen Nemeth - Producer
Hunter S. Thompson - Source Writer
Alex Cox - Screenwriter
Patrick Cassavetti - Producer
Terry Gilliam - Director
Technical Info
UPC 00715515070218
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 119 minutes
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray

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