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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   Duke and Gonzo return to the hotel after dropping Lucy off. There is a message from Lucy. Gonzo is vomiting in toilet and Duke tells him about the message. Duke calls the front desk and tells them that she is their case study, and to treat her kindly. Duke threatens Gonzo that he is leaving unless he does something about it for fear of what she might tell the authorities. Gonzo calls Lucy and tell her that he won the battle with Duke for her love. But the problem is that he cashed a bad check with her as a reference. He tells her to lay low, then pretends that someone has kicked the door down and acts like they are taking him away. He slams the phone down and they are done with Lucy. After that, Gonzo tells Duke about the adrenochome he has and Duke dips a matchstick into it and licks it one time only. Duke gets the message, and then tells Gonzo to deal with it. The second call comes and before Gonzo answers it he tells Duke about the small bottle of adrenochrome in his shaving kit. While Duke grabs it and takes several drops, Gonzo goes crazy on the phone scaring Lucy. Duke starts to lose his mind.
   In the Circus Circus, Duke envisions a Nazi broadcast 200 feet tall saying "Woodstock Uber Alles!" He doesn't have the vision.
   Duke asks the Dr. to come with him to get the stuff out of the trunk. Gonzo puts on a shirt and pants. Duke asks in pig latin for Gonzo to join him. Gonzo doesn't change out of his mu-mu and first asks Lucy for a kiss which she refuses.
   After receiving the telegram from Gonzo, Duke goes to a bar to relax and contemplate his next move. This doesn't happen, some of the text is rolled into the scene with the Highway patrol.
   Duke goes to the airport and drops off the whale, then boards a flight home. He drives the Whale back to LA.
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