Terry Gilliam

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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.

Film Info

  • Terry Gilliam
  • United States
  • 1998
  • 119 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • English
  • Spine #175

Director-Approved Special Edition Features

  • Digital transfer, approved by director Terry Gilliam, with a DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack and an optional 5.1 mix on the Blu-ray edition
  • Three audio commentaries: one with Gilliam, one with stars Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro and producer Laila Nabulsi, and one with author Hunter S. Thompson
  • Deleted scenes, with optional commentary by Gilliam
  • Selection of Thompson correspondence, read on camera by Depp
  • Hunter Goes to Hollywood, a short documentary
  • A look at the controversy over the screenwriting credit
  • Profile of Oscar Zeta Acosta, the inspiration for Dr. Gonzo
  • Collection of artwork by illustrator Ralph Steadman
  • Excerpt from the 1996 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas recording featuring Jim Jarmusch and Maury Chaykin
  • BBC documentary from 1978 with Thompson and Steadman
  • Storyboards, production designs, stills, and trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic J. Hoberman and two pieces by Thompson

Cover illustration by Ralph Steadman

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • Digital transfer, approved by director Terry Gilliam, with a DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack and an optional 5.1 mix on the Blu-ray edition
  • Three audio commentaries: one with Gilliam, one with stars Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro and producer Laila Nabulsi, and one with author Hunter S. Thompson
  • Deleted scenes, with optional commentary by Gilliam
  • Selection of Thompson correspondence, read on camera by Depp
  • Hunter Goes to Hollywood, a short documentary
  • A look at the controversy over the screenwriting credit
  • Profile of Oscar Zeta Acosta, the inspiration for Dr. Gonzo
  • Collection of artwork by illustrator Ralph Steadman
  • Excerpt from the 1996 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas recording featuring Jim Jarmusch and Maury Chaykin
  • BBC documentary from 1978 with Thompson and Steadman
  • Storyboards, production designs, stills, and trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic J. Hoberman and two pieces by Thompson

Cover illustration by Ralph Steadman

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Cast
Johnny Depp
Raoul Duke
Benicio Del Toro
Dr. Gonzo
Ellen Barkin
The North Star waitress
Craig Bierko
Lacerda
Gary Busey
Highway patrolman
Cameron Diaz
Blonde TV reporter
Flea
Musician
Mark Harmon
Magazine reporter
Katherine Helmond
Reservations clerk
Michael Jeter
L. Ron Bumquist
Lyle Lovett
Road person
Tobey Maguire
Hitchhiker
Chris Meloni
Clerk at Flamingo Hotel
Christina Ricci
Lucy
Harry Dean Stanton
Judge
Tim Thomerson
Hoodlum
Credits
Director
Terry Gilliam
Screenplay
Terry Gilliam
Screenplay
Tony Grisoni
Screenplay
Tod Davies
Screenplay
Alex Cox
Based on the book by
Hunter S. Thompson
Producer
Laila Nabulsi
Producer
Patrick Cassavetti
Producer
Stephen Nemeth
Executive producers
Harold Bronson
Executive producers
Richard Foos
Director of photography
Nicola Pecorini
Production design
Alex McDowell
Film editor
Lesley Walker
Costume designer
Julie Weiss
Coproducer
Elliot Lewis Rosenblatt
Lounge Lizards designed by
Rob Bottin
Casting
Margery Simkin

From The Current

A Pig in the Wilderness: My Night with Hunter S. Thompson
A Pig in the Wilderness: My Night with Hunter S. Thompson

The following transmission is an e-mail from September 2002, which I sent back to Criterion headquarters after spending a night at Hunter S. Thompson’s cabin in Woody Creek, Colorado, recording commentary tracks for the DVD release of Fear and Loat