What's the Difference between Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas the Book and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas the Movie?


Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Released: 1971
Author: Hunter S. Thompson

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Released: 1998
Director: Terry Gilliam
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Raoul Duke
Raoul Duke
Portrayed by: Johnny Depp
Dr. Gonzo
Dr. Gonzo
Portrayed by: Benicio Del Torro
Portrayed by: Christina Ricci
Woman on Elevator
Woman on Elevator
Portrayed by: Cameron Diaz
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Book vs Movie
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   Before going back to Vegas, Duke fires the .357 three times into the desert, then gets worried. He checks his drug supplies and goes to a place to buy book and gets some ether. He fires all the bullets in the gun. Suddenly he is driving in the white Cadillac.
   When the Hitchhiker jumps out of the back of the convertible the music is playing loudly and it is difficult to hear. There is no music playing.
   After checking in, Duke and Gonzo go out to the Mint Gun club. They hear the men shooting shotguns and Duke checks out all the different types of motorcycles. They don't go out. When Lacerda is in their room, Duke sees him as a soldier with gun fire going off. Lacerda talks about the different Motorcycles exactly as Duke does in the book.
   There are several chapters that discuss the drug conference. Duke and Gonzo sit through as much as they can stand and then take off. The talk with DA's in the bar and tell them all kinds of crazy stories about witchcraft and other bad things that drug users are doing in LA where they are pretending to be in law enforcement. There is only the one scene were they see the first speaker and watch a film that describes what Duke said might be pinned up on walls in the police stations.
   After leaving the room, Duke and Gonzo go to the Whale and get the luggage. Gonzo accuses Duke of stealing luggage. They go back to the room and discuss the situation with Lucy. Duke imagines what would happen if Lucy tells the authorities what happened to her at the hands of Dr. Gonzo. They don't go outside. Duke explains it all to Gonzo in the hall outside the room.
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