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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   There are full descriptions of Duke and Gonzo's trips to the Circus Circus where Duke wants to buy an ape. Gonzo attacks the maid while in the nude and they make a deal with her. These scenes are long and fully described. The scenes are shown as quick flashbacks after Duke wakes up in the suite after his drug binge. He has the tape recorder attached to this face and body and he listens to snippets of the sound while recalling the events in fast succession and checks out the destroyed suite. He is wearing rubber hip waders and what appears to be a lizards tail.
   The driver of the bronco slams on the brakes and Duke spills his beer on his crotch. He yells that the driver is fired. Lacerda is with Duke and he demands they keep going to get total coverage. Duke tells him he is fired. His beer is full of dust and is a sludge he pours out as they leave him in the desert.
   Duke checks into the Flamingo looking bad. He is wearing old Levi's jeans, a torn Acapulco shirt. He had a three day growth of beard and is wearing mirrored sunglasses. He is wearing shorts, and has his jacket on so we can't see if his shirt is torn. He is cleanly shaven and he is wearing regular dark sunglasses. He orders some booze sent to his room and the front desk clerk tells him his name is Sven.
   Duke drives Gonzo to the airport at the last minute. On the drive to the airport they see Lucy crossing the street and slam on the brakes and start screaming and drive the other way.
   Raoul and Dr. Gonzo tell a DA from Georgia a wild story about Satanists in LA decapitating a 16 year old girl who worked at McDonalds. They cut holes in her body and drank the blood. They said they were after the pineal gland. As Raoul is checking in with a head full of acid he sees a man talking on the phone. The floor is moving all around. The man is having a conversation and he is telling the story about the Satanists killing the girl and drinking her blood.
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