Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (film)


Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (film)

Infobox Film
name = Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas


image_size =
caption = Theatrical poster
director = Terry Gilliam
producer = Patrick Cassavetti
Laila Nabulsi
Stephen Nemeth
writer = Screenplay:
Terry Gilliam
Tony Grisoni
Alex Cox
Tod Davies
Novel:
Hunter S. Thompson
narrator = Johnny Depp
starring = Johnny Depp
Benicio del Toro
Christina Ricci
music = Ray Cooper
cinematography = Nicola Pecorini
editing = Lesley Walker
distributor = United States:
Universal Pictures
International:
Summit Entertainment
released = May 22, 1998
runtime = 118 min.
country = United States
language = English
budget = $18,500,000
gross = $10,600,000
preceded_by =
followed_by =
website =
amg_id = 1:162461
imdb_id = 0120669

"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" is a 1998 film adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's 1971 novel . The film, directed by Terry Gilliam, stars Johnny Depp as Raoul Duke and Benicio del Toro as Dr. Gonzo.

Previous attempts to adapt the book into a film included Jack Nicholson and Marlon Brando as Duke and Gonzo. At one point, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi were considered for the duo; John Cusack was also almost cast. Animator/filmmaker Ralph Bakshi, Martin Scorsese, and Oliver Stone all tried unsuccessfully to direct an adaptation. Thompson met Depp and was convinced no one else could play him. Filmmaker Alex Cox was eventually hired to direct with Depp and Del Toro committed to starring in the film, but the filmmaker had "creative differences" with Thompson over the script treatment as documented in the documentary "Breakfast with Hunter". Gilliam was subsequently hired and made the film with the writer's approval.

"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" was a box office failure, grossing USD $10.6 million at the North American box office, well below its $18.5 million budget. It has since become a cult classic due in large part to its release on DVD, including a Special Edition released by The Criterion Collection.

Plot

Journalist Raoul Duke (Depp) and his attorney Dr. Gonzo (del Toro) travel to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1971 to cover the Mint 400 motorcycle race for a sports magazine, and experience a haphazardly-planned vacation. The vacation turns highly irresponsible and reckless as the two consume copious amounts of illegal drugs, commit various acts of fraud, and generally wreak havoc upon the citizens of Las Vegas. The film is a fictionalized account of Thompson and attorney Oscar Zeta Acosta's two trips to Las Vegas in March and April of that year.

Cast

*Johnny Depp as Raoul Duke
*Benicio del Toro as Dr. Gonzo
*Tobey Maguire as The Hitchhiker
*Ellen Barkin as The Waitress at North Star Cafe
*Gary Busey as The Highway Patrolman
*Christina Ricci as Lucy
*Mark Harmon as The Magazine Reporter at Mint 400
*Cameron Diaz as The Blonde TV Reporter
*Katherine Helmond as The Desk Clerk at Mint Hotel
*Michael Jeter as L. Ron Bumquist
*Penn Jillette as The Carnie Talker
*Craig Bierko as Lacerda
*Lyle Lovett as The Road Person
*Micheal "Flea" Balzary as Hippie
*Laraine Newman as The Frog-Eyed Woman
*Christopher Meloni as Sven, Clerk at Flamingo Hotel
*Harry Dean Stanton as The Judge
*Troy Evans as Police Chief
*Debbie Reynolds as Herself (voice only)
*Jenette Goldstein as Alice the Maid
*Verne Troyer as Wee Waiter
*Gregory Itzin as Clerk at Mint Hotel

Thompson also has a brief cameo in the film while Duke has a flashback to a San Francisco music club, The Matrix, where Thompson can be seen sitting at a table as Depp walks by narrating his inner monologue, "There I was... Mother of God, There I am! Holy Fuck!"

Production and history

Basis for characters

Dr. Gonzo is based on Thompson's friend Oscar Zeta Acosta, who disappeared sometime in 1974.cite news
last = Doss
first = Yvette C
coauthors =
title = The Lost Legend of the Real Dr. Gonzo
work =
pages =
language =
publisher = Los Angeles Times
date = June 5, 1998
url =
] Thompson changed Zeta Acosta's ethnic identity to "Samoan" to deflect suspicion from Zeta Acosta, who was in trouble with the L.A. Legal Bar. He was the "Chicano lawyer" notorious for his party binges.

Previous attempts

During the initial development to get the film made, Jack Nicholson and Marlon Brando were originally considered for the roles of Duke and Gonzo but he and Brando both grew too old. [citeweb|url = http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/12/movies/12bmovi.html?ex=1305086400&en=e15eafc24e1957de&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss|title = "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"|author = Nathan Lee|date = 2006-05-12|accessdate = 2007-01-04] Afterward, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi were considered for the duo, but that fell apart when Belushi died. John Malkovich was later considered for the role of Duke, but he too grew too old. At one point John Cusack was almost cast, but after Hunter S. Thompson met with Johnny Depp he became convinced that no one else could play him. Cusack had previously directed the play version of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", with his brother playing Duke. [cite video|title = Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas audio commentary|people = Laila Nabulsi|medium = DVD]

Animator/filmmaker Ralph Bakshi tried to convince a girlfriend of Hunter S. Thompson to let him do "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" as an animated movie, done in the style of Ralph Steadman's illustrations for the book. Bakshi is quoted as saying: "Hunter had given the rights to a girlfriend of his. I spent three days with her trying to talk her into me animating it - she wanted to make a live action of it - I kept telling her that a live action would look like a bad cartoon but an animated version would be a great one. She had a tremendous disdain for animators because it wasn't considered the top of Hollywood. Hunter also could not make her change her mind. So she made the pic with Johnny Depp, and got the film I told her she would get - it would have been more real in a cartoon using Steadman's drawings." [cite web |url=http://www.ralphbakshi.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=4580#4580 |title=your thoughts on the passing of hunter s thompson |accessdate=2007-01-02 |author=Ralph Bakshi |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |year= |month= |format= |work= |publisher=Ralph Bakshi Forum |pages= |language= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote= ]

Martin Scorsese and Oliver Stone each tried to get the film off the ground, but were unsuccessful and moved on. [citeweb|url = http://members.aol.com/morgands3/fear/fearart.html|title = The Making of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"|author = David Morgan|date = 1999|accessdate = 2006-12-15]

Rhino Films began work on a film version as early as 1992.cite news
last = Ebner
first = Mark
coauthors =
title = Fear and Bleating in Las Vegas: Hunter Thompson Goes Hollywood
work =
pages =
language =
publisher = Premiere
date = January 1998
url =
accessdate =
] Head of Production and the film's producer Stephen Nemeth originally wanted Lee Tamahori to direct, but he wasn't available until after the January 1997 start date. Rhino appealed to Thompson for an extension on the movie rights but the author and his lawyers denied the extension. Under pressure, Rhino countered by green-lighting the film and hiring Alex Cox to direct within a few days. According to Nemeth, Cox could "Do it for a price, could do it quickly and could get this movie going in four months."

Cox started writing the screenplay with Tod Davies, a UCLA Thompson scholar. Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro then committed to starring in the film. During pre-production, Cox and producer Laila Nabulsi had "creative differences" and she forced Rhino to choose between her and Cox. She had an arrangement with Thompson to produce the movie and the studio fired Cox and paid him $60,000 in script fees. Thompson's disapproval of the Cox/Davies script treatment is documented in the film "Breakfast with Hunter", in which he rails against the writers for planning an animated portrayal of the "wave speech," which he considered "probably the finest thing [he'd] ever written."cite news
last = Ewing
first = Wayne
coauthors =
title = Breakfast with Hunter
work =
pages =
language =
publisher = Premiere
date = 2003
url = http://www.hunterthompsonfilms.com/Breakfast.php
accessdate = 2007-06-02
]

Pre-production

Rhino hired Terry Gilliam and was granted an extension from Thompson but only with the stipulation that the director made the movie. Rhino did not want to commit to Gilliam in case he didn't work out. Thompson remembers, "They just kept asking for more [time] . I got kind of agitated about it, because I thought they were trying to put off doing it. So I began to charge them more... I wanted to see the movie done, once it got started." The studio threatened to make the film with Cox and without Depp and del Toro. The two actors were upset when Nabulsi told them of Rhino's plans. Universal Pictures stepped in to distribute the film and Depp and Gilliam were paid $500,000 each but the director still did not have a firm deal in place. In retaliation, Depp and Gilliam locked Rhino out of the set during filming.

The decision was made to not use the Cox/Davies script which gave Gilliam only ten days to write another.cite news
last = Gale
first = David
coauthors =
title = Cardboard Castles and Chaos
work =
pages = 102-105
language =
publisher = Icon
date = June 1998
url =
accessdate =
] The director enlisted the help of Tony Grisoni and they wrote the script at Gilliam's home in May 1997. Grisoni remembers, "I'd sit at the keyboard, and we'd talk and talk and I'd keep typing." One of the most important scenes from the book that Gilliam wanted to put in the film was the confrontation between Duke and Dr. Gonzo and the waitress of the North Star Coffee Lounge. The director said, "This is two guys who have gone beyond the pale, this is unforgivable - that scene, it's ugly. My approach, rather than to throw it out, was to make that scene the low point."cite news
last = Smith
first = Giles
coauthors =
title = War Games
work =
pages = 74-79
language =
publisher = The New Yorker
date = May 25, 1998
url =
accessdate =
]

The lead actors undertook extraordinary preparations for their respective roles. Del Toro gained more than 45 pounds (18 kg) in nine weeks before filming began, and extensively researched Acosta's life.cite news
last = Elias
first = Justine
coauthors =
title = Behind the Scenes: Terry Gilliam
work =
pages =
language =
publisher = Us Weekly
date = June 1998
url =
accessdate =
] In the Spring of 1997, Depp moved into the basement of Thompson's Owl Farm home and lived there for four months, doing research for the role as well as studying Thompson's habits and mannerisms.cite news
last = Brinkley
first = Douglas
coauthors =
title = Johnny, Get Your Gun
work =
pages = 96-100; 109-110
language =
publisher = George
date = June 1998
url =
accessdate =
] The actor went through Thompson's original manuscript, mementos and notebooks that he kept during the actual trip. Depp remembers, "He saved it all. Not only is [the book] true, but there's more. And it was worse."cite news
last = McCracken
first = Elizabeth
coauthors =
title = Depp Charge
work =
pages =
language =
publisher = ELLE
date = June 1998
url =
accessdate =
] Depp even traded his car for Thompson's red Chevrolet Impala convertible, known to fans as The Great Red Shark, and drove it around California during his preparation for the role.cite news
last = Holden
first = Michael
coauthors = John Perry, Bill Borrows
title = "Fear and Loathing"
work =
pages =
language =
publisher = Loaded
date = December 1998
url =
accessdate =
] Many of the costumes that Depp wears in the film are genuine articles of clothing that Depp borrowed from Thompson, and the writer himself shaved Depp's head to match his own natural male pattern baldness. Other props, such as Duke's cigarette filter (a TarGard Permanent Filter System), Hawaiian shirts, hats, a patchwork jacket, a silver medallion (given to him by Oscar Acosta) and IDs, belonged to Thompson.

Initially, the studio wanted Gilliam to update the book for the 1990s which he considered, "And then I looked at the film and said, 'No, that's apologizing. I don't want to apologize for this thing. It is what it is.' It's an artifact. If it's an accurate representation of that book, which I thought was an accurate representation of a particular time and place and people."cite news
last = Rowe
first = Douglas J
coauthors =
title = Terry Gilliam Can Fly Without Acid
work =
pages =
language =
publisher = Associated Press
date = May 29, 1998
url =
accessdate =
]

Principal photography

According to Gilliam, there was no firm budget in place when filming started.cite news
last = Houpt
first = Simon
coauthors =
title = Going Gonzo with "Fear and Loathing"
work =
pages = D1-D2
language =
publisher = Globe and Mail
date = May 21, 1998
url =
accessdate =
] Cinematographer Nicola Pecorini was hired based on an audition reel he sent Gilliam that made fun of the fact that he had only one eye (he lost the other to retinal cancer).cite news
last = Pizzello
first = Stephen
coauthors =
title = Gonzo Filmmaking
work =
pages = 30-41
language =
publisher = American Cinematographer
date = May 1998
url =
accessdate =
] According to Pecorini, the look of the film was influenced by the paintings of Robert Yarber that are "Very hallucinatory: the paintings use all kinds of neon colors, and the light sources don't necessarily make sense." According to Gilliam, they used him as a guide "While mixing our palette of deeply disturbing fluorescent colors."cite news
last = Pizzello
first = Stephen
coauthors =
title = Unholy Grail
work =
pages = 42-47
language =
publisher = American Cinematographer
date = May 1998
url =
accessdate =
]

Shooting on location in Las Vegas began on August 3, 1997 and lasted 56 days. The production ran into problems when they wanted to shoot in a casino. They were only allowed to film between two and six in the morning, given only six tables to put extras around and insisted that the extras really gamble." Exterior shots of the Bazooko Casino were filmed in front of the Stardust hotel/casino with the interiors constructed with a Warner Brothers Hollywood soundstage. In order to get the period look of Vegas in the 1970s, Gilliam and Pecorini used rear-projection footage from the old television show, "Vega$". According to the cinematographer, this footage heightened the film's "already otherworldly tone an extra notch."

For the desert scenes, Pecorini wanted a specific, undefined quality without a real horizon in order to convey the notion that the landscape never ended and to emphasize, "A certain kind of unreality outside the characters' car, because everything that matters to them is within the Red Shark." With the scene where Duke hallucinates a lounge full of lizards, the production was supposed to have 25 animatronic reptiles but they only received seven or eight. The production used motion-control techniques to make it look like they had a whole room of them and made multiple passes with the cameras outfitting the lizards with different costumes each time.

Gilliam felt that it was not a well-organized film and said, "Certain people didn't... I'm not going to name names but it was a strange film, like one leg was shorter than the other. There was all sorts of chaos." While Depp was on location in Los Angeles, he got a phone call from comedian Bill Murray who had played Thompson in "Where the Buffalo Roam". He warned Depp, "Be careful or you'll find yourself ten years from now still doing him...Make sure your next role is some drastically different guy."cite news
last =Brinkley
first = Douglas
coauthors =
title = Road to Ruin
work =
pages =
language =
publisher = Sunday Mail
date = July 26, 1998
url =
accessdate =
]

While making the movie, it was Gilliam's intention that it should feel like a drug trip from beginning to end. He said in an interview, "We start out at full speed and it's WOOOO! The drug kicks in and you're on speed! Whoah! You get the buzz - it's crazy, it's outrageous, the carpet's moving and everybody's laughing and having a great time. But then, ever so slowly, the walls start closing in and it's like you're never going to get out of this fucking place. It's an ugly nightmare and there's no escape."

To convey the effects of the various drugs, Gilliam and Pecorini assembled a list of "phases" that detailed the "cinematic qualities" of each drug consumed. For ether, Pecorini said they used a "loose depth of field; everything becomes non-defined"; for adrenochrome, "everything gets narrow and claustrophobic, move closer with lens"; mescaline was simulated by having "colors melt into each other, flares with no sources, play with color temperatures"; for amyl nitrite, the "perception of light gets very uneven, light levels increase and decrease during the shots"; and for LSD, "everything extremely wide, hallucinations via morphs, shapes, colors, and sound."

Writers credit dispute with WGA

When the film approached release, Gilliam learned that the Writers Guild of America (WGA) would not allow Cox and Davies to be removed from the credits even though none of their material was used in the production of the film. According to WGA rules, Gilliam and Grisoni had to prove that they wrote 60% of their script. The director said, "But there have been at least five previous attempts at adapting the book, and they all come from the book. They all use the same scenes."cite news
last = McCabe
first = Bob
coauthors =
title = One on One
work =
pages = 120-123
language =
publisher = Empire
date = December 1998
url =
accessdate =
] Gilliam remarked in an interview, "The end result was we didn't exist. As a director, I was automatically deemed a 'production executive' by the guild and, by definition, discriminated against. But for Tony to go without any credit would be really unfair."cite news
last = Willens
first = Michele
coauthors =
title = How Many Writers Does it Take…?
work =
pages =
language =
publisher = New York Times
date = May 17, 1998
url =
accessdate =
] David Kanter, agent for Cox and Davies, argued, "About 60 percent of the decisions they made on what stays in from the book are in the film - as well as their attitude of wide-eyed anarchy." According to the audio commentary by Gilliam on the Criterion Collection DVD, during the period where it appeared that only Cox and Davies would be credited for the screenplay, the movie was to begin with a short scene in which it is explained that no matter what is said in the credits, no writers were involved in the making of the movie. When this changed in early May 1998 after the WGA revised its decision and gave credit to Gilliam and Grisoni first and Cox and Davies second, the short was not needed. Angered over having to share credit, Gilliam publicly burned his WGA card at a May 22 book signing on Broadway.

Reception

"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" underwent preview test screenings - a process that Gilliam does not enjoy. "I always get very tense in those (test screenings), because I'm ready to fight. I know the pressure from the studio is, 'somebody didn't like that, change it!'" The filmmaker said that it was important to him that Thompson like the movie and recalls the writer's reaction at a screening, "Hunter watched it for the first time at the premiere and he was making all this fucking noise! Apparently it all came flooding back to him, he was reliving the whole trip! He was yelling out and jumping on his seat like it was a roller coaster, ducking and diving, shouting 'SHIT! LOOK OUT! GODDAMN BATS!' That was fantastic – if he thought we'd captured it, then we must have done it!" Thompson himself stated, "Yeah, I liked it. It's not my show, but I appreciated it. Depp did a hell of a job. His narration is what really held the film together, I think. If you hadn't had that, it would have just been a series of wild scenes."cite news
last = Johnston
first = Ian
coauthors =
title = Just Say No
work =
pages = 44-49
language =
publisher = Neon
date = December 1998
url =
accessdate =
]

"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and Gilliam said, "I'm curious about the reaction...If I'm going to be disappointed, it's because it doesn't make any waves, that people are not outraged."cite news
last = Kirkland
first = Bruce
coauthors =
title = The Gonzo Dream: The Long, Strange Trip of Filming Hunter S. Thompson's '"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"
work =
pages =
language =
publisher = Toronto Sun
date = May 17, 1998
url =
accessdate =
] The film opened in wide release on May 22, 1998 and grossed $3.3 million in 1,126 theaters on its first weekend. The film went on to gross $10.6 million, well below its budget of $18.5 million but it was not considered a financial disaster.cite news
last =
first =
coauthors =
title = "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"
work =
pages =
language =
publisher = Box Office Mojo
date =
url = http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=fearandloathinginlasvegas.htm
accessdate = 2008-01-24
]

Critical reaction to the film was mixed. It currently has a 48% rating (and a 0% "Cream of the Crop" designation) on Rotten Tomatoes. In the "New York Times", Stephen Holden wrote, "Even the most precise cinematic realizations of Mr. Thompson's images (and of Ralph Steadman's cartoon drawings for the book) don't begin to match the surreal ferocity of the author's language."cite news
last = Holden
first = Stephen
coauthors =
title = A Devotedly Drug-Addled Rampage Through a 1971 Vision of Las Vegas
work =
pages =
language =
publisher = New York Times
date = May 22, 1998
url =
accessdate =
] Stephen Hunter, in his review for the "Washington Post", wrote, "It tells no story at all. Little episodes of no particular import come and go...But the movie is too grotesque to be entered emotionally."cite news
last = Hunter
first = Stephen
coauthors =
title = "Fear and Loathing"
work =
pages =
language =
publisher = Washington Post
date = May 22, 1998
url =
accessdate =
] Mike Clark, of "USA Today", found the film, "simply unwatchable."cite news
last = Clark
first = Mike
coauthors =
title = "Fear" is a Bad Trip for the '90s
work =
pages =
language =
publisher = USA Today
date = May 22, 1998
url =
accessdate =
] In "The Guardian", Gaby Wood wrote, "After a while, though, the ups and downs don't come frequently enough even for the audience, and there's an element of the tedium usually found in someone else's druggy experiences."cite news
last = Wood
first = Gabby
coauthors =
title = Night of the Hunter
work =
pages =
language =
publisher = The Guardian
date = November 13, 1998
url =
accessdate =
]

Michael O'Sullivan gave the film one of its rare positive reviews in the "Washington Post". "What elevates the tale from being a mere drug chronicle is the same thing that lifted the book into the realm of literature. It's the sense that Gilliam, like Thompson, is always totally in command of the medium, while abandoning himself utterly to unpredictable forces beyond his control."cite news
last = O'Sullivan
first = Michael
coauthors =
title = "Fear": Worth the Trip
work =
pages =
language =
publisher = Washington Post
date = May 22, 1998
url =
accessdate =
] Gene Siskel's "thumbs-up" review at the time also noted the movie successfully captured the book's themes into film, adding "What the film is about and what the book is about is using Las Vegas as a metaphor for - or a location for - the worst of America, the extremes of America, the money obsession, the visual vulgarity of America."cite news
last = Siskel
first = Gene
coauthors =
title = At the movies Review.
work =
pages =
language =
publisher = At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper
date = May 22, 1998
url = http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3005885641949130912&q=fear+and+loathing+in+las+vegas+roger+ebert&total=1&start=0&num=100&so=0&type=search&plindex=0
accessdate = 2008-01-24
] Gilliam wanted to provoke strong reactions to his film as he said in an interview, "I want it to be seen as one of the great movies of all time, and one of the most hated movies of all time."

"Empire" magazine voted the film the 469th greatest film in their "500 Greatest Movies of All Time" list. [cite news
last =
first =
coauthors =
title = 500 Greatest Movies of All Time
work = Empire
pages =
language =
publisher =
date =
url = http://www.empireonline.com/500/6.asp
accessdate = 2009-09-29
]

oundtrack

Infobox Album
Name = Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Music from the Motion Picture)
Type = Soundtrack
Artist = Various artists


Released = May 19, 1998
Recorded = N/A
Genre = Rock
Length = 61:00
Label = Geffen
Producer =
Reviews = *Allmusic Rating|3|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:jcfyxqljldfe link]
The soundtrack contains songs used in the film with clips of the movie before each song. So considering this each song starts about 30 seconds later than it would normally. The soundtrack contains the music of that time with one exception being the Dead Kennedys rendition of "Viva Las Vegas". The Rolling Stones song "Jumping Jack Flash" is heard at the conclusion of the film as Thompson drives out of Las Vegas.

Gilliam could not pay $300,000 (half of the soundtrack budget) for the rights to "Sympathy for the Devil" by the Rolling Stones, which plays a prominent role in the book.

Track listing

#"Combination of the Two" by Big Brother and the Holding Company
#"One Toke Over the Line" by Brewer & Shipley
#"She's a Lady" by Tom Jones
#"For Your Love" by The Yardbirds
#"Somebody To Love [s [" by Jefferson Airplane
#"A Drug Score - Part 1 (Acid Spill)" by Tomoyasu Hotei & Ray Cooper
#"Get Together" by The Youngbloods
#"Mama Told Me Not to Come" by Three Dog Night
#"Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again" by Bob Dylan
#"Time Is Tight" by Booker T. & the MG's
#"Magic Moments" by Perry Como
#"A Drug Score - Part 2 (Adenochrome, The Devil's Dance)" by Tomoyasu Hotei & Ray Cooper
#"Tammy" by Debbie Reynolds
#"A Drug Score - Part 3 (Flashbacks)" by Tomoyasu Hotei & Ray Cooper
#"Expecting to Fly" by Buffalo Springfield
#"Viva Las Vegas" by Dead Kennedys

DVD

By the time "Fear and Loathing" was released as a Criterion Collection DVD in 2003, Thompson showed his approval of the Gilliam version by recording a full-length audio commentary for the movie and participating in several DVD special features.cite news
last =
first =
coauthors =
title = "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"
work =
pages =
language =
publisher = Criterion Collection
date =
url = http://www.criterion.com/asp/release.asp?id=175
accessdate = 2008-01-24
]

On an audio commentary track in the Criterion edition of the DVD, Gilliam expresses great pride in the film and says it was one of the few times where he did not have to fight extensively with the studio during the filming.cite news
last = Gilliam
first = Terry
coauthors =
title = "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" DVD audio commentary
publisher = Criterion Collection
date =
accessdate =
] Gilliam chalks this up to the fact that many of the studio executives read Thompson's book in their youth and understood it could not be made into a conventional Hollywood film. However, he does express frustration with the advertising campaign used during its initial release, which he says tried to sell it as wacky comedy. The film was later released by Universal Studios on HD DVD.

References

ee also

*Where the Buffalo Roam

External links

*imdb title|id=0120669|title=Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
*amg movie|id=1:162461|title=Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
*rotten-tomatoes|id=fear_and_loathing_in_las_vegas|title=Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
* [http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19980522/REVIEWS/805220303/1023 Roger Ebert Review]
* [http://www.criterion.com/asp/release.asp?id=175&eid=272&section=essay Criterion Collection essay by J. Hoberman]
* [http://www.criterion.com/asp/release.asp?id=175&eid=273&section=essay Criterion Collection essay by Hunter S. Thompson]
* [http://www.smart.co.uk/dreams/flfact.htm archive of film-related material from "Dreams," a Gilliam fanzine]
* [http://members.aol.com/morgands3/fear/fearcomp.html Comparison of Terry Gilliam/Tony Grisoni and Alex Cox/Tod Davies screenplays for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas]


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  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (novel) — Infobox Book name = Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream title orig = translator = image caption = Early edition cover. author = Hunter S. Thompson illustrator = Ralph Steadman cover artist = country …   Wikipedia

  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas — (deutscher Titel: „Angst und Schrecken in Las Vegas“; wörtlich „Angst und Abscheu in Las Vegas“) ist ein Schlüsselroman von Hunter S. Thompson, der 1971 in den USA erschienen ist. Laut Thompson selbst basiert der Roman auf einer tatsächlichen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Fear and Loathing in America — Infobox Book name = Fear and Loathing in America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist 1968–1976 title orig = translator = image caption = author = Hunter S. Thompson illustrator = cover artist = country = United States language = English… …   Wikipedia

  • Fear and Loathing at the Fundraiser — Infobox Television episode Title = Fear And Loathing At The Fundraiser Series = Californication Caption = Season = 1 Episode = 4 Airdate = Start date|2007|09|03 Production = Writer = Daisy Gardner Director = Michael Lembeck Photographer = Guests …   Wikipedia

  • Las Vegas Parano — Cet article concerne le film. Pour le roman éponyme de Hunter S. Thompson, voir Las Vegas Parano (livre). Las Vegas Parano …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Las Vegas parano — (ou Peur et dégout à Vegas) est un film américain réalisé par Terry Gilliam sorti en 1998, adapté du roman éponyme : Las Vegas Parano. Sommaire 1 Synopsis 2 Fiche technique 3 Distribution …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Las vegas parano — (ou Peur et dégout à Vegas) est un film américain réalisé par Terry Gilliam sorti en 1998, adapté du roman éponyme : Las Vegas Parano. Sommaire 1 Synopsis 2 Fiche technique 3 Distribution …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Las Vegas, Nevada — Las Vegas Pour les articles homonymes, voir Las Vegas (homonymie). Las Vegas …   Wikipédia en Français