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The story begins abruptly as we find our mock heroes out in the desert en route to the savvy resort of Las Vegas The author uses a tense hitchhiker as a mode or an excuse for a flashback that exposes the plot An uncertain character picked up in the middle of the desert who Raoul Duke the main character feels the need to explain things to to help him rest easy They had two bags of grass seventy-five pellets of mescaline five sheets of high-powered blotter acid a salt shaker half-full of cocaine and a whole galaxy of multicolored uppers downers screamers laughersAlso a quart of tequila a quart of rum a case of Budweiser a pint of raw either and two dozen amyls They were on assignment from a fashionable sporting magazine in New York to cover the 4th Annual Mint 400 dirt bike and dune buggy race A savage journey to the heart of the American dreamBefore one can review the motion picture Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas he must first research the full length novel of the same name The book first appeared in 1971 in issues 95 and 96 of Rolling Stone magazine published November 11th and 25th respectively Although the two part series stated its author was someone called Raoul Duke the story was copyrighted in 1971 by Hunter S Thompson Raoul Duke is actually the false name under which Hunter Thompson portrays himself as main character and narratorThe film was produced in the early goings of summer in 1998 almost as a tribute to the re-release of the novel in June Directed by Monty Pythons Flying Circus animator Terry Gilliam 12 Monkeys the film was received quite poorly in the box office and even by the counterculture which was its target audience Not even an impressive list of cameo appearances could salvage box office respect This list featured Cameron Diaz Cristina Ricci Gary Busey Lyle Lovett Verne Troyer
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