R | | Comedy, Crime, Drama
In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles private investigator Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.
Robert Downey Jr. was originally attached in the lead role but Joaquin Phoenix ended up taking the role due to Paul Thomas Anderson deciding he wanted to work with Joaquin again. Downey reported that Anderson thought he was "too old" for the role, essentially - not because of scheduling conflicts.
Where you stayin'?
Coy Harlingen: House in Topanga Canyon. Band I used to play for, the Boards, none of them know it's me.
Doc Sportello: How can they not know it's you?
Coy Harlingen: Even when I was alive they didn't know it was me.
The customer service number on the back of the American Express Card that Doc receives from the Gold Fang family has a toll-free area code of 888. 888 didn't become available as a toll-free area code until 1996. A toll-free phone number for a 1970s customer service line should have been 1-800-XXX-XXXX.
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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