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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Episode #35

Universal Pictures released Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas on May 22, 1998. Terry Gilliam directed the film starring Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, and Tobey Maguire.

‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ Criterion Synopsis

It is 1971, and journalist Raoul Duke barrels toward Las Vegas—accompanied by a trunkful of contraband and his slightly unhinged Samoan attorney, Dr. Gonzo—to cover a motorcycle race. What should be a cut-and-dried journalistic assignment quickly descends into a feverish psychedelic odyssey. Director Terry Gilliam and an all-star cast headlined by Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro show no mercy in bringing Hunter S. Thompson’s excoriating dissection of the American way of life to the screen, creating a film both hilarious and savage.

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Universal Pictures released Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas on May 22, 1998. Terry Gilliam directed the film starring Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, and Tobey Maguire.

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