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 recalls spilling LSD on his red Pendleton shirt and having a member of the band suck it off. He wonders what would happen if a young stock broker type wandered in a saw it happening. He calls it a red woolen shirt, and the young stock broker does see it happening.
   Raoul prepares to leave Vegas to avoid his huge hotel bill. Gonzo has left already. He borrowed 25 dollars and Duke drove him to the airport where he spent the rest of his money on garbage. Then he realizes his attorney has left the .357 magnum in his briefcase. Then he returns to the hotel and cashes a check for 50$ and orders room service. He wakes up to room service coming in with his food. He has the can of mace in one hand and the .357 in the other. He has a Z drawn on his forehead in ketchup. He points the gun at the room service waiter and kicks him out without eating the food. He mentions Dr. Gonzo leaving, then he leaves himself.
   As the Red Shark is being delivered and Duke thinks he is about to escape, the front desk clerk yells out to him. He sags, but then the clerk gives him the telegram from Gonzo about attending the Narcotics seminar. He curses and then lets the clerk know he understands and everything will be okay. He gets in the car and is driving off as the clerk yells out to him. He gives him the telegram, but he doesn't read it. He drives off.
   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 is stopped for speeding and gets off with a warning after the cop dumps out the beer he is holding. Duke asks how far Baker is, and the cop suggest he eat some seafood there. At the end of the exchange, the cop tells Duke to look at him. Then asks for a little kiss because he is lonely.
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