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
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   Duke goes to his room in the Flamingo and opens the door. It swings open and hits Lucy. He describes her has looking like a pit bull and wearing a shapeless blue smock. Duke moves past her and sees his attorney stark naked in the bathroom door. Lucy looks ready to attach so Duke reaches into his leather satchel ready to spray her with mace. He opens the door and goes inside. Lucy grabs him by the legs and drops him to the floor and starts biting his leg. She is wearing jean shorts and a white top. Christina Ricci would never be compared to a pit bull. Gonzo is standing in the bathroom wearing a orange and purple mu-mu. Duke doesn't have his satchel, and make no move for the mace.
   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 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.
   Duke and Gonzo take Lucy out to the car to try and get rid of her. They get her name and Duke goes back inside to make a reservation for her at the Americana. Duke tells them he is her uncle and she is an artist and is high strung. They drive to the airport and tell her that they are going to trade the Whale for a Mercedes. Gonzo takes her out of the car and pays a Taxi jockey 10$ to make sure his "drunk girlfriend" gets to the Americana. He also gives him another 5 for cab fare. They never leave the hotel and Duke calls from their suite to make the reservation. He tells them she is an artist, but also adds that she is doing her Master's Thesis on Barbara Streisand. They ask for her last name, and he says he would rather not say because his brother is in politics. They drive to the Graceland Wedding Chapel, and Gonzo puts Lucy in a cab himself and tells the driver to take her to the Americana. Duke is leaning on the horn the whole time.
   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.
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