R | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades.
When Raoul Duke is calling his attorney about a new assignment, there is a poster on the back wall of Dr. Gonzo's office. It has a two-thumbed fist clutching a peyote button inside a Sheriff's star. This is actually a political poster from Hunter S. Thompson's ... ...
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 ...
Dr. Gonzo spoofs the "Richard Nixon salute" when he gets on the plane at the end of the movie. Nixon didn't resign or do the classic "salute" until 1974.
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)