R | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades.
Though they share no scenes together, Tobey Maguire and Christina Ricci previously starred in The Ice Storm a year earlier.
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 full...
When Duke is in the desert, talking on the payphone at the junk yard, on one of the crane shot swoops, the footage was edited in reverse. Notice the smoke going back down into the smoking car, as well as the papers on the side of the phone booth moving quite rapidly.
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.
$3,338,590 24 May 1998