Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Terry Gilliam (1998)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Adapting Hunter S Thompson's category-defying book was always going to be a challenging experiment - even for the seemingly fearless maverick director Terry Gilliam (who replaced Alex Cox in pre-production). Ostensibly a warped record of Thompson's bid to cover a motorcycle race for Rolling Stone magazine, this is more an acid-addled, amphetamine-fuelled search for the American Dream. Thompson's distinctive prose survives nearly intact, but, although Johnny Depp brings an amusingly effective twitchy energy to the role of Hunter's alter ego, gonzo journalist Raoul Duke, this brave film falls just short of capturing the book's errant vibrancy. The pace is a bit too fast to fully allow the audience to clamber on board, so one can only watch in bemused admiration as it zooms past.


A reckless sports writer and his lawyer hit the highways in search of the American Dream, heading for the Nevada gambling capital in a convertible stocked with alcohol and drugs. Comedy, adapted by Terry Gilliam from Hunter S Thompson's book, starring Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Ellen Barkin, Christina Ricci and Tobey Maguire.

Cast & Crew

Raoul Duke Johnny Depp
Dr Gonzo Benicio Del Toro
Hitchhiker Tobey Maguire
Hood Tim Thomerson
Lucy Christina Ricci
Waitress Ellen Barkin
Patrolman Gary Busey
L Ron Bumquist Michael Jeter
Director Terry Gilliam
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Contains violence, swearing, drug abuse and brief nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray