R | | Comedy, Crime, Drama
In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles private investigator Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.
The real name of the ship that doubles as the Golden Fang is "American Pride."
Shasta Fay Hepworth:
I went on a boat ride.
Doc Sportello: A three hour tour?
Shasta Fay Hepworth: They told me I was precious cargo that couldn't be insured because of inherent vice.
Doc Sportello: What's that?
Shasta Fay Hepworth: I don't know.
When Doc goes to see Penny at her office she asks if he will let her depone him. While the use of the word "depone" might seem unusual compared to the more common "depose", this should not be regarded as a mistake. Penny's actual line from the source novel is this: "Would you be willing to depone for me?"
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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