Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Updated June 26, 2020 | Infoplease Staff
Director:Terry Gilliam
Writers:Terry Gilliam, Tony Grisoni, Tod Davies and Alex Cox
Director of Photography:Nicola Pecorini
Editor:Lesley Walker
Music:Ray Cooper
Production Designer:Alex McDowell
Producers:Laila Nabulsi, Patirck Cassavetti and Stephen Nemeth
Universal; R; 120 minutes
Cast:Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Donal Morrow, Christina Ricci and Ellen Barkin
Based on the book by Hunter S. Thompson

Gilliam's adaptation of Thompson's 1971 novel about psychedelic drugs is certainly true to its source. The road-tripping adventures of Raoul Duke (Depp) and his lawyer Dr. Gonzo (Del Toro) are captured at a frenetic pace with mind-bending visual effects. Depp goes beyond his usual bounds of oddball comedy here; this film is a dark, foul journey into the underbelly of middle-America's dreams of Las Vegas leisure.

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