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Remember back when it was cool to like Johnny Depp? I still love the dude. He’s a great actor that has a dash of Nic Cage’s swingin-for-the-fences approach to his performances but does it in a bit more grounded way.

I’m a massive fan of Terry Gilliam’s Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas and have been since the first time I saw it, at a dead quiet Austin press screening. That year was Fear and Loathing and The Big Lebowski, two movies which played to dead crowds but worked for me completely and have since found their audiences, thank the movie Gods.

Funny, trippy, involving… it’s Gilliam at his best, Depp at his best, Benicio Del Toro at his best and has a rockin’ soundtrack. Oh, and it’s one of the most quotable movies of the ‘90s, a decade that gave us a ton of quotable movies (from Tarantino to Kevin Smith to the Coens).

Here’s a shot of Depp and Gilliam from the making of the movie, courtesy of Jordan Krug. Enjoy and click to embiggen!



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  • Aug. 2, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Just saw it for the first time recently

    by jim

    Can't believe it took me so long to do so. Loved it.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST

    love this movie

    by spidercoz

    watched the HD recently, fucking beautiful

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Is there a trailer yet for The Rum Diary?

    by Royston Lodge

    The movie's supposed to be out in October. Is there a trailer out yet?

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    I worked at a movie theater when Fear and Loathing came out...

    by Ronald Raygun

    Never witnessed a movie with more walk-outs and refund requests than that. Back when Depp had nothing to lose and wasn't afraid to alienate an audience.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST


    by aleph_null

    Completely agree with you Quint!

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 4:53 p.m. CST

    I've never loved this movie or Big Lebowski.

    by Randy

    I love movies as much as the next guy, the Coens and Gilliam are my shit. However, I've never joined the cult of F&LILV and Lewbowski. It upsets me, because I really don't understand why I don't love the films, they have tons of things I do love. It will remain a mystery.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    vameon, that's just uh... that's just uh...


    That's just ugly, man! As your attorney I advise you to re-watch Fear and Loathing... and like it!

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Know the signs of a dope fiend.


    1. Dirty clothes 2. Sunken Eyes 3. Pants crusted with semen from constantly jacking off when He can't find a rape victim.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Great movie blah blah blah need the blu

    by Monolith_Jones

    How does it look and how are the extras? This movie is terrifying to me as someone who's experimented, what he hell is it like for people who never tried any drugs?

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Not a patch on the book

    by Amazing Maurice

    A worthy attempt. But the source material was pretty unfilmable.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 5:11 p.m. CST

    i always recommend the book

    by fred

    to people who like Crooked Little Vein. Much much better.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Love this movie

    by elsewhere

    but 12 Monkeys (needs a BTS!) is still my favorite Gilliam film.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Oh shit, I forgot about the beer. Want one?

    by MotherPussBucket

    No. How about some ether? What? Never mind.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Great fucking film


    One of six in the theater when I saw this...the other five were my friends Tripped balls that night Hard to think Gilliam said he's never done drugs.

  • The scene where Depp is checking into the hotel and the carpet pattern is swirling around and the lady at the counter's face is breathing. Picture perfect. That being said kids, don't mess with the acid, it's no good for ya.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Del Torro is fucking hilarious in this movie!

    by Arkhaminmate001

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 5:21 p.m. CST

    'We need hawian shirts, and we need to arm the teeth

    by Arkhaminmate001

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 5:21 p.m. CST

    you'd better drive...there's something wrong with me..'

    by Arkhaminmate001

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Do they pay you to fuck that bear?

    by Arkhaminmate001

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Sailor I agree

    by Monolith_Jones

    I was actually going to cite that scene in my last post. Also just the way the camera never stays still, it's always tilting or rocking back and forth. Great work.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 5:24 p.m. CST

    My attorney understands this concept, despite his racial handicap.

    by MotherPussBucket

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 5:28 p.m. CST



    I was just admiring the shape of your skull.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 5:28 p.m. CST

    I ride the big fuckers.


  • Aug. 2, 2011, 5:40 p.m. CST

    this movie isn't about the drugs, man

    by mick vance

    it's about the freedom that we all could have had by now if the people behind the movement didn't get all wrapped up in the acid craze and lose their minds. damn it, i can almost see the high water mark!

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Sadly this movie always takes me back --

    by MooseMalloy

    -- to when I lived in SF, CA for a short while helping a friend on some of his film school projects (as I had already graduated with my film degree). Anticipating the movie I went and checked out the book, having not read it before, from the main downtown library. Upon leaving SF some short time later, my friend's obnoxious and fat girlfriend implored me to let her read the book and that she would return it to the library for me. Cut ahead about a year and a half later when I returned to visit my friend again in SF only to be told that she had never returned the book and was no longer dating my friend. Of course all this was just passive-aggressive behavior encouraged by my talentless and insecure friend, who by the way literaly thought he was the next Kubrick (even though he couldn't write or adapt a script for shit). Word of advice for any Hollywood hopefuls: There are countless talentless douchebags who will do anything short of murder to thwart you. Just keep that in mind.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Fucking Brilliant!

    by Warren

    Just watched this movie last night, it is still great!

  • How would Horatio Alger handle this situation?

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Can you even get acid anymore?


    It's been over ten years since I've seen it

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Then again, who even needs acid these days?


    Why, the fine folks in the pharmaceutical industry are more than happy to oblige.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Tell me about the fucking golf shoes!

    by Boogs

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Too much, too much, too much ...


  • Aug. 2, 2011, 6:17 p.m. CST

    you better hope to god there's some thorazine in that bag...

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    or you're in big fucking trouble!

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST

    best line in it is

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    let's get down to brass tacks: how much for the ape?

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 6:19 p.m. CST

    kudos to HST for chasing Alex Cox out of his house

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    nothing against Cox, it would just have been very funny

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Choppah, acid is deader than......dead.


    I haven't done it in over ten years and never will again, those days are past for me. Shrooms on the other hand?

  • Just doesn't do it for me. Gilliam in particular doesn't do it for me I guess--wasn't able to finish Baron Von Whatever his name was or The Fisher King either. I'm usually a snob and love avante garde directors but he just bores the hell outta me.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 6:38 p.m. CST



    Did you like 12 Monkeys?

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Yes, I liked 12 Monkeys

    by proevad

    and google just told me I spelled Avant Garde wrong.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 6:51 p.m. CST

    That's probably his most cohesive film.


    Although, I'll always be partial to Fear and Loathing. I know what you mean though, Gilliam is really hit and miss with me. Baron Von Munchausen I didn't care for and even Time Bandits and Brazil just seem off to me for some reason or other. I did love Fisher King though. I never saw that Brothers Grimm flick.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 7 p.m. CST

    If you take acid in 2011...

    by Mr Soze

    Take fucking 3 days off from work. Get at least 2 other people to trip with you, and most important under NO circumstances answer the phone. (Even though it seems like a good idea)

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Time bandits


    Best time traveling midget movie ever

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 7:22 p.m. CST


    by thelordofhell

    Damn this movie rocked the drug trips

  • Especially when it's waving a razor-sharp hunting knife in your eye. This is one of the most quotablie movies ever!

  • I've seen it sober, I've seen it baked, and I've seen it on shrooms. It's a helluva movie.

  • Someone already quoted this scene but it's even better in full: THIS IS ONE OF THE FUNNIEST THINGS IN ENGLISH LITERATURE. If you don't agree, there's a padded room with your name on it.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Depp was a bit too over the top

    by Geektard_Smasher

    but he often did really seem like he was on acid. Shit, think I'm having a flashback right now..

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 7:34 p.m. CST

    #4: Terry Gilliam

    by golden tribw

    He's got his own weird aesthetic -- very dirty and somewhat technophobic, always filled with air ducts and sparking wires and messes of crumpled paper and god knows what -- but he makes really interesting movies. Monty Python is unimpeachable..... Time Bandits is pretty hilarious (I think it's got a way better version of a Lord of Evil than Ridley's Legend, despite everyone raving about Tim Curry's horribly written part). Brazil is badass and insane. I've always enjoyed Baron Munchausen although the Robin Williams bits fall flat for me (I usually like him and apparently he was included as a big-name box office draw, but he's the low point for me). I think The Crimson Permanent Assurance is one of my favourite things by him; it's like a Coen Brothers movie (Hudsucker Proxy in particular, I guess) on crack. I haven't seen Tideland, Bros Grimm, or Fisher King yet, though. Twelve Monkeys didn't do much for me when I saw it -- I actually preferred 'La Jetee' by a mile -- but maybe I need to rewatch it. Imaginarium of Parnassus was a mixed bag, but how can you fault the guy for pulling off a mediocre movie (Tom Waits FTW!) when he's using CGI for the first time and his star died half way through filming. The last thing I'll say is that Johnny Depp was perfect in that movie (especially since Heath Ledger was noticeably channelling him for the first act) but Jude Law was noticeably out of place and then Colin Farrell was even worse -- they should have kept Depp for all three imagination-land vignettes. I'm interested in whatever Gilliam does next.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Driving from LA to Vegas alone

    by Geektard_Smasher

    in a couple weeks. Playing Rat Pack tunes the whole way. Gonna smoke dope the whole way too, and sit on the slots for two days getting free booze constantly brought to me at The Mirage. I love being drunk in Vegas, bitches.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Why every poser filmmaking faggot emulates this movie is beyond me.

    by alienindisguise

    The flick SUCKS on every level. Much like "cult" movies, it's garbage from beginning to end.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Saw this movie twice in the theater

    by TitusPullo

    It was practically empty, and I could not stop laughing my ass off. Love my Criterion Collection version.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Crimson Permanent Assurance is awesome.


    All the Python films, especially Meaning of Life, have a similar style as Gilliam's films, even though Terry Jones directed them mostly I believe. You can see Gilliam's ideas and input in them for sure though.

  • That is all I have to say to you.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Where the Buffalo Roam

    by tintab

    Fear and Loathing is a great film but people seem to have forgotten Bill Murray and Peter Boyle also had a pretty entertaining take on Hunter and Acosta in Where the Buffalo Roam.

  • I made the mistake of getting ridiculously high on some awesome weed, and I was very new to the stuff at the time, and I turned this on and almost laughed myself into a hernia. One of my all time favorite stoner movies! 4:20 FOREVER!

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Holy Jesus. What are these goddamn animals?!

    by Royston Lodge

  • I can understand he did it for the big paychecks to fuel the lifestyle he wanted for himself and his family but he was just so much better before he did Pirates and so were his movies/choices. Finding Neverland and Sweeney Todd I enjoyed a lot and Rango was fantastic but other than that, disappointing. Thank you for Rango Johnny.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Turn up the fucking music! My heart feels like an alligator!

    by veteran_of_mu

    Best line ever.

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 12:33 a.m. CST

    One of my favorite Johnny Depp movies

    by disfigurehead

    Next to Ed Wood.

  • Seriously... so he sold his body to Disney for one series, and laughed all the way to the bank. His filmography is STILL way more packed with funny, bizarre, creepy, sexy, and weird little projects that any other actor of his generation. I quit those Pirates movies after #2. They're dead to me. I pretend they don't exist... but hell, if Disney offered me that kind of money to play a character into the ground, I would do it, and so would you... and I'll bet we'd even do it naked if they asked. Granted, I'd feel a little dirty knowing that some of that money was blood money, from projects like Air Bid and Cinderella III Straight-to-DVD schlock that should NEVER have been spawned... and I's probably need to shower a little extra afterward. But I'd still do it.

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Goddam. Typos much?

    by ScaryWaitress

    This is what I get for posting at almost 2am EST. Christ.

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Depp was over the top

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    hehe, have you seen Hunter Thompson??

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 6:57 a.m. CST


    by CreepyThinMan

    Five years later? Six? It seems like a lifetime, or at least a Main Era—the kind of peak that never comes again. San Francisco in the middle sixties was a very special time and place to be a part of. Maybe it meant something. Maybe not, in the long run ...but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world. Whatever it meant ... History is hard to know, because of all the hired bullshit, but even without being sure of "history" it seems entirely reasonable to think that every now and then the energy of a whole generation comes to a head in a long fine flash, for reasons that nobody really understands at the time—and which never explain, in retrospect, what actually happened. My central memory of that time seems to hang on one or five or maybe forty nights—or very early mornings—when I left the Fillmore half-crazy and, instead of going home, aimed the big 650 Lightning across the Bay Bridge at a hundred miles an hour wearing L. L. Bean shorts and a Butte sheepherder's jacket ...booming through the Treasure Island tunnel at the lights of Oakland and Berkeley and Richmond, not quite sure which turn-off to take when I got to the other end (always stalling at the toll-gate, too twisted to find neutral while I fumbled for change) ... but being absolutely certain that no matter which way I went I would come to a place where people were just as high and wild as I was: No doubt at all about that ... There was madness in any direction, at any hour. If not across the Bay, then up the Golden Gate or down 101 to Los Altos or La Honda .... You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning .... And that, I think, was the handle—that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn’t need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting—on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave .... So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark —that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.

  • I look at the world as it is today and it feels like the same old cultural battles are still going on. Now the forces of Old and Evil have finally won. Democracy in the USA is now dead. I think about August 3rd 2001 and how I still felt a sense of hoe for the future. But since 9/11 our world has spiraled into a deep, dark hole. Wall Street, Corporations and the Military control the USA now. Elecetions truly mean nothing anymore. People embraced "hope and change" and got stabbed in the back by that Uncle Tom motherfucker in the White House who didn't see the Presidency as a transformative figure that could lead the country, if not the world, into a new era of peace and prosperity but instead viewed it as another notch of his resume. I hate this fucking world and the problem is that people are getting dumber by the minute. We are doomed.

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 7:38 a.m. CST

    saw this in the cinemas, man that was awful

    by Spandau Belly

    Lots of people constantly getting up and walking out. But the worst was these two guys down the row from me who just kept snickering and reacting to the movie like Johnny Depp acting crazy on drugs was unintentional, like it ended up in the movie by accident or something.

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 7:50 a.m. CST

    I just watched this the other night

    by rev_skarekroe

    Depp and del Toro are amazing. The question mark was emphasized...

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Oh, and as quotable as this movie is...

    by rev_skarekroe

    ...remember that it's not the movie we're actually quoting, but the book.

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 8:43 a.m. CST

    catchtheman, I too get choked up when I hear that speech in the movie


    And for me freedom and democracy dies in the U.S. when the Supreme Court over-rid the will of the people and appointed George Bush president in 2000, turning this country into a Banana Republic. And just to not be partisan, I agree that Obama is a shill for Wall Street. I better not hear ever him utter the words Hope or Change again come 2012.

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 10:04 a.m. CST


    by UltraTron

    It's no mystery. You've never done drugs before and you are a square.

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Truly one of the greatest and most epic comedy experiences.

    by UltraTron

    A masterpiece. 100% accurate.

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 10:13 a.m. CST

    That might be it.

    by Randy

    but I've known tons of people who love those movies that have never done drugs. However, yes I don't do drugs and maybe that has something to do with it. I like both movies, I just don't love them like everyone else does, but both films did have mixed reception on release.

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST

    60s whe

    by UltraTron

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Fave movie quote ever

    by Ciderman

    With a bit of luck, his life was ruined forever. Always thinking just behind some narrow door in all of his favorite bars, men in red woolen shirts are getting incredible kicks from things he'll never know.

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Terry Gilliam films tribute

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    Set to Supertramp's "Dreamer"

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 11:51 a.m. CST

    The best part of F&L for me


    is how the movie is basically in two parts and the first part ends when Dr. Gonzo gets on the plane and leaves Vegas. You think the movie's over and you are definitely sad to see crazy-assed Benicio leave. But then he comes back in full force Gonzo fashion and the movie gets even MORE fukked up if that is even possible. But, it is and it does!

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Bill Murray did an admirable job playing Thompson

    by v3d

    As much as I love this movie, Bill Murray had first crack at playing HST in Where the Buffalo Roam. If you haven't seen it, check it out. It's probably Murrary's first real "character" and he nails it. Plus you have Peter Boyle as his lawyer, so you've got that. And I'll also join those recommending the original book. It's one of Thompson's shorter books and makes a great summer read.

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Look, there's two women fucking a polar bear!

    by Psycho_Kenshin

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 10:53 p.m. CST

    scarywaitress Yeah and when did he do the films you're referring to?

    by moonlightdrive

    He just hasn't been the same since Pirates or maybe I'm just used to him now. He is still does crap like The Tourist for money.