The big-screen version of Hunter S. Thompson's seminal psychedelic classic about his road trip across Western America as he and his large Samoan lawyer searched desperately for the "American dream"... they were helped in large part by the huge amount of drugs and alcohol kept in their convertible, The Red Shark. Written by
Hunter S. Thompson had previously been portrayed by Johnny Depp's Ed Wood (1994) co-star Bill Murray in Where The Buffalo Roam (1980). Prior to filming, Murray called Depp with the advice "Be careful, or you'll find yourself ten years from now still doing him...Make sure your next role is some drastically different guy." See more »
In a few shots taking place in the Chevy's interior, you can see the car has white vinyl door panels from a 1973 or 74 Impala (or Caprice convertible), while the main "Red Shark" is actually a 1971 Impala convertible. The Impala had slightly different door panels for 71/72 than the 73/74, but was essentially the same car overall. Apparently another car was fixed up for use in the movie as a backup or secondary vehicle and used for some shots from the inside. See more »
We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like:
I feel a bit lightheaded. Maybe you should drive.
Suddenly, there was a terrible roar all around us, and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car, and a voice was screaming:
Holy Jesus. What are these goddamn animals?
[swatting the air]
Huh! Huh! Huh! Fucking pigs.
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The Ralph Steadman drawings from the book are put in with the credits, along with the Gonzo & Duke in the Red Shark picture that takes up the whole screen at the end. See more »
When the hitchhiker bailed out of the convertible early on, I wondered if it wasn't so much to get away from the two doped-out characters or to escape the agony of watching this movie for another hour and forty minutes.
I really could not see what the point of this movie was. It looks like it was to see how stoned the main characters could get on various controlled substances, how stupid they could act and how much property damage they could inflict in the process.
I would have liked to see the two main characters be sober for part of the movie to compare and contrast their thoughts, feelings, and behavior between when they were high and when they were sober.
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