Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Filmfest 2008

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was first published in the November 1971 issues of Rolling Stone. It was an immediate success as a book, in which HST and his attorney (Oscar Zeta Acosta) travel to Las Vegas, get stoned, destroy hotel rooms and infiltrate a District Attorney's conference. Destruction and degradency are only one tangent of the book; in between the fits of comic mayhem, Thompson makes some insights into What the Sixties Meant and What the Future Holds. It remains one of HST's most popular and best loved works. FLLV finally gained respect with it's 25th anniversary in 1996, with a New American Library (Modern) edition and a movie starring Johnny Depp that was released May 22, 1998. The movie was honored with a Criterion Collection DVD that is jammed packed with gonzo goodies too. http://gonzo.org/books/fl

tags: Feature film

Cast: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire, Ellen Barkin


Director: Terry Gilliam