Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

DVD - 2003
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Fueled by a suitcase full of pharmaceuticals, journalist Raoul Duke and his sidekick Dr. Gonzo set off on a fast and furious ride through nonstop neon, surreal surroundings and a crew of crazy characters.
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, c2003
ISBN: 9781559409308
1559409304
Branch Call Number: DVD Fear
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (119 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet ([28] p. ; 19 cm.)

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Nursebob
Dec 02, 2016

To be fair, it couldn’t have been easy shooting a POV film about two men who chow down on mescaline and cocaine for breakfast and director Terry Gilliam, never known for his subtlety anyway, gives it his best shot with tight sweaty close-ups, hyperkinetic dialogue, and a host of CGI hallucinations which include melting carpets and a bar full of polyester lounge lizards who morph into a viciously amusing Jurassic Park parody. The neon extravagance of Sin City also provides the perfect backdrop for Duke’s musings on where America went wrong, its soulless spectacles and gaudy patrons taking centre stage while Viet Nam flashes on the television and images of Richard Nixon float in and out of reality. When our two addled protagonists crash a convention of narcotics officers it’s impossible not to laugh at the sheer irony of it all. But the manic energy wears thin after a while, as does Depp’s machine gun narration, and trying to glean the meat of Hunter S. Thompson’s source novel from all those trippy detours becomes tiresome. A runaway merry-go-round of a film which insists on feeding you just one more hit of blotter acid when all you want to do is slow down and get off.

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ALAN G FOX
Oct 17, 2016

An easily avoidable visual stain based on Hunter S. Thompson's novel about a psychotropic road trip across Nevada, in which Thompson's alter ego, Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) and his drug-addled attorney, Dr. Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro), travel massively DUI to Las Vegas in a Cadillac Eldorado convertible to cover a motorcycle race for an unnamed magazine. Are we amused yet? But just wait, because they get even more stoned- lots more- and behave really bizarrely; won’t that be entertaining? Fans and students of the 1960's counter-culture might enjoy this movie, although I doubt it. This one is really for undiscriminating Gilliam fans (I think there might be treatment available for that). With a strong emphasis on taking LD50-level doses of a large variety of psychedelics and intoxicants- and little else except vomiting and vandalism- this movie drags on like an uncontrollably ugly opium dream, adulterated by poorly manufactured designer acid. Depp plays an extremely unattractive, psychotically narcissistic and paranoid Thompson without any comedic presence whatsoever (as apposed to that of Bill Murray's portrayal of Thompson in “Where the Buffalo Roam”). This movie is not funny, witty, charming or in the least bit enjoyable. Any sane, decent human being will find this movie repellent. You may additionally experience chills, diarrhea, incontinence, nausea or vomiting, difficulty with swallowing, puffiness or swelling of the eyelids, face, lips, or tongue. Some viewers may experience an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior.

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Cannes
Sep 22, 2016

I thought this movie was great when I saw it originally. It is hilarious for about 10 minutes and then you get bored and press eject.

Almost as bad as the FVRL website has become, confusing and hard to understand...

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blkops33
Dec 05, 2015

It's a Terry Gilliam film based on Hunter S Thompson's, book!
Of course it's not for everyone, it's ugly, gross, bizzare, scary, and hillarius all at the same time! I LOVED It!! The books great too!

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Darth777Vader
Apr 11, 2015

This movie was so boring I couldn't even get halfway through it. The book is way better, read it instead of watching this movie.

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drbizzaro
Sep 11, 2014

What a treat! This is surely a team Gregg movie and is great popcorn classic. Any decent human being can enjoy this comedy, it's a hoot.

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vcc
Aug 27, 2014

I turned this movie off within the first 10 minutes because of such horrid acting! I find that Depp's acting skills are hit and miss. Not my type of humour.

rwraysmith Aug 12, 2014

I thought this movie was awful. I got it because of a long-term recommendation from a friend. This movie will forever rank in my memory as only the second movie in my life that I didn't finish watching. It was pointless, stupid, and had no plot. Just a couple of stupid drug addicts walking through Vegas acting like a couple of real "JERKS." (I would have used a stronger word, but you get my meaning.) Don't waste time nor energy on this one.

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RichardPaul
Feb 10, 2013

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas ---- (DVD) c- 1998 ---- I was near the end of this movie and could not stand anymore! ---- one and a half Stars. ---- Rated "R". ---- Working awfull hard to get a laugh. ---- Richardpaul (Finished 2-2013)

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britprincess1
Jun 04, 2012

Funnier than I expected. Weird and, sure, for some, wonderful. I however couldn't relate, but Gilliam has a fanbase that would eat this kind of tale up. Depp does a decent character performance and there's cameos galore to behold. Plot takes a backseat to experience in this one.

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EvidencePhotog
Jun 09, 2015

Raul Duke: "Who are these people, these faces? Where do they come from? They look like caricatures of used car dealers from Dallas, and sweet Jesus, there were a hell of a lot of them at 4:30 on a Sunday morning, still humping the American dream, that vision of the big winner somehow emerging from the last minute pre-dawn chaos of a stale Vegas casino."

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EvidencePhotog
Jun 09, 2015

Raul Duke: "We are all wired into a survival trip now. No more of the speed that fueled the 60's. That was the fatal flaw in Tim Leary's trip. He crashed around America selling "consciousness expansion" without ever giving a thought to the grim meat-hook realities that were lying in wait for all the people who took him seriously... All those pathetically eager acid freaks who thought they could buy Peace and Understanding for three bucks a hit. But their loss and failure is ours too. What Leary took down with him was the central illusion of a whole life-style that he helped create... a generation of permanent cripples, failed seekers, who never understood the essential old-mystic fallacy of the Acid Culture: the desperate assumption that somebody... or at least some force - is tending the light at the end of the tunnel. "

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ALAN G FOX
Jun 08, 2015

Raoul Duke: When I came to, the general back-alley ambience of the suite was so rotten, so incredibly foul. How long had I been lying there? All these signs of violence. What had happened? There was evidence in this room of excessive consumption of almost every type of drug known to civilized man since 1544 AD. What kind of addict would need all these coconut husks and crushed honeydew rinds? Would the presence of junkies account for all these uneaten french fries? These puddles of glazed ketchup on the bureau? Maybe so. But then why all this booze? And these crude pornographic photos smeared with mustard that had dried to a hard yellow crust? These were not the hoofprints of your average God-fearing junky. It was too savage. Too aggressive.

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ALAN G FOX
Jun 08, 2015

Raoul Duke: We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a saltshaker half-full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers... Also, a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of beer, a pint of raw ether, and two dozen amyls. Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.

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drbizzaro
Sep 11, 2014

buy the ticket, take the ride

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britprincess1
Jun 04, 2012

There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning. And that, I think, was the handle - that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn’t need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting - on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark - that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.

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bdls206
Apr 06, 2011

Dr. Gonzo: As your attorney, I advise you to take a hit out of the little brown bottle in my shaving kit. You won't need much, just a tiny taste.

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bdls206
Apr 06, 2011

Raoul Duke: A drug person can learn to cope with things like seeing their dead grandmother crawling up their leg with a knife in her teeth. But no one should be asked to handle this trip.

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bdls206
Apr 06, 2011

Raoul Duke: Look, there's two women f**king a polar bear!
Dr. Gonzo: Don't tell me these things. Not now man.

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drbizzaro
Sep 11, 2014

Other: This title is underrated and genius.

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bdls206
Apr 06, 2011

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bdls206
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bdls206
Apr 06, 2011

The big-screen version of Hunter S. Thompson's seminal psychedelic classic about his road trip across Western America as he and his large Samoan lawyer searched desperately for the "American dream"... they were helped in large part by the huge amount of drugs and alcohol kept in their convertible, The Red Shark.

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Batman
May 14, 2008

drug triptic tale of a writer doing a story on a race in the desert.

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bdls206
Apr 06, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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