R | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades.
at the Jefferson Airplane show. When Johnny Depp, as Thompson, sees the real Thompson, Depp's narration says "There I was . . . mother of God, there I am!"
We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like:
Raoul Duke: I feel a bit lightheaded. Maybe you should drive.
Raoul Duke: Suddenly, there was a terrible roar all around us, and the sky was ...
When Raoul (Depp) is talking about being in The Matrix in 1965, you can see "Grace Slick" in the background singing "Somebody to Love". This version was released by Jefferson Airplane in 1966 when Slick joined the band. The original version, by Grace Slick and the Great Society, was significantly slower than the Jefferson Airplane cover.
The Ralph Steadman drawings from the book are put in with the credits, along with the Gonzo & Duke in the Red Shark picture that takes up the whole screen at the end.
$4,335,095 (USA) (25 May 1998)
$10,680,275 (USA) (6 June 2013)
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