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

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

62%
Released: 1971
Author: Hunter S. Thompson

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

38%
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
Lucy
Lucy
Portrayed by: Christina Ricci
Woman on Elevator
Woman on Elevator
Portrayed by: Cameron Diaz
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   Gonzo describes getting the adrenochrome from his satanism client after Duke takes the one tiny hit. Then Duke starts to go crazy and the drug gets on top of him. Gonzo watches and warns him to be careful. Duke actually drinks some of the adrenochrome from the bottle. Gonzo comes over and feeds him cocaine from the tip of his hunting knife while telling the story of his client. Then he feeds more cocaine on the barrel of his .357 magnum and his eyes look like cats eyes.
   After the scene where Duke gets twisted on the adrenochrome they go to the opening of the drug conference. The opening of the drug conference occurs right after they drop off Lucy, and before they return to the suite and get the message from her and Duke takes the drug.
   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 drag racing with the Okie cops Duke fills the tires with too much air. This isn't seen.
   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.
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