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CaptainCrawdad
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01:58:25 PM Jan 14th 2014
If the movie is given a separate list of tropes, shouldn't it be on its own Film page?
AxelxGabriel
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06:00:04 AM Aug 3rd 2012
I watched the movie and I really enjoyed it, but Im honestly curious why people say the movie is actually a huge critique of the American Dream?
JakesBrain
03:29:44 PM Aug 3rd 2012
Because Las Vegas in 1971 is absolutely nothing like the world the hippies back in 1967 and '68 thought they were making. Something went sour, the peace-and-love movement up and died, and now we're back to a bunch of unidealistic, blinkered, bourgeois assholes with nice tailored clothes and fistfuls of money to throw away at the craps tables. Vegas, as Duke sees it, is a cheap and ugly manifestation of the real America; the hippies had a better dream, but they couldn't keep it going.

"Who are these people? These faces! Where do they come from? They look like caricatures of used car dealers from Dallas. And, sweet Jesus, there are a hell of a lot of them — still screaming around these desert-city crap tables at four-thirty on a Sunday morning. Still humping the American Dream, that vision of the Big Winner somehow emerging from the last minute pre-dawn chaos of a stale Vegas casino."
AndrewJ
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06:12:21 PM Mar 19th 2011
Removed this section of the description as it was Gushing way too much. Anyone wants to edit so it conveys some of the same facts in a neutral way, feel free.

  • The movie is a largely faithful depiction of the book, although one major incident is left out near the end, and is surprisingly successful (mainly through a bizarre visual style) at conveying the insanity within the text. Both the film and the original book, however, are very difficult to place within a single genre. The story has scenes that are absolutely hilarious, yet it is not a comedy. It has scenes that are terrifying, yet it is not a horror. It has scenes that are extremely poignant and melancholy, yet it is not a drama. It, much like Thompson himself, is a equal blend of insanity, seriousness, and humor. You're not sure what to think about it except you know it was a hell of a ride and that there's nothing else out there like it. Depp makes a brilliant Thompson, in particular, mostly due to Depp being a close friend of Thompson with a similar mentality. Both come highly recommended.
24.16.169.22
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12:53:55 PM May 2nd 2010
...I can't remember for the life of me what's missing between the end of the book and the end of the movie. Can we get a spoiler tag there, something to keep me from downloading^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H watching it again and reading the book simultaneously.
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