R | | Comedy, Crime, Drama
In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles private investigator Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.
The Burke Stodger film being shown at the Chryskylodon Institute is the government propaganda film Red Nightmare (1962) which starred Jack Kelly (Maverick). Kelly is supposed to be the fictional actor, Stodger.
Lt. Det. Christian F. "Bigfoot" Bjornsen:
Michael Z. Wolfmann...
Sauncho Smilax, Esq: Mickey Wolfmann...
Young Woman: Mickey Wolfmann!
Lt. Det. Christian F. "Bigfoot" Bjornsen: -has vanished!
Doc Sportello: So- so, where would I- uh... find him?
In the restaurant discussing the Golden Fang, Doc and Sauncho Smilax bring up Howard Hughes and his purchases in Las Vegas real estate. The movie takes place in 1970, Howard Hughes dies in 1976, yet Doc refers to Howard Hughes in the past tense when he says, "Howard Hughes was Italian?" as if he were dead.
After the credits roll, the end caption is the opening inscription from Pynchon's novel, Inherent Vice: "Under the Paving-Stones, the Beach!" - Graffito, Paris, May 1968
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