Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Lists: Absurdist comedy, Dark comedy, Avant-Garde Films, Stoner Flicks

Brief Synopsis: "The hallucinogenic misadventures of sportswriter Raoul Duke and his Samoan lawyer, Dr. Gonzo, on a three-day romp from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Motoring across the Mojave Desert on the way to Sin City, Duke and his purple haze passenger ingest a cornucopia of drugs ranging from acid to ether."

Overall Ranking: 1843 (Rank from 1998: # 23)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 0%
Regular 66.67%
Half-Popped 33.33%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Dan O'Neill80 - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas has its fair share of being too long and too uneven, but at other times, still has a direction from Gilliam that is beautifully trippy and inspired, and the cast just makes this whole bizarr-o film seem real without getting too serious.
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Thomas Pollock70
David Baruffi61

People Involved

  • Johnny Depp (Raoul Duke)
  • Benicio Del Toro (Dr. Gonzo / Oscar Z. Acosta)
  • Tobey Maguire (Hitchhiker)
  • Ellen Barkin (Waitress at North Star Cafe)
  • Gary Busey (Highway Patrolman)
  • Christina Ricci (Lucy)
  • Mark Harmon (Magazine Reporter at Mint 400)
  • Cameron Diaz (Blonde TV Reporter)
  • Katherine Helmond (Desk Clerk at Mint Hotel)
  • Michael Jeter (Ron Bumquist)
  • Penn Jillette (Carnie Talker)
  • Craig Bierko (Lacerda)
  • Lyle Lovett (Road Person)
  • Laraine Newman (Frog-Eyed Woman)
  • Harry Dean Stanton (Judge)
  • Tim Thomerson (Hoodlum)
  • Terry Gilliam (Director)