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«FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS by Terry Gilliam & Toy Grisoni Based on the book by Hunter S. Thompson BLACK SCREEN A desert wind moans sadly. From ...»

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"FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS"

by

Terry Gilliam & Toy Grisoni

Based on the book by

Hunter S. Thompson

BLACK SCREEN

A desert wind moans sadly. From somewhere within the wind

comes the tinkly, syrupy-sweet sounds of the Lennon Sisters

singing "My Favorite Things." A series of sepia images of

anti-war protests from the mid-sixties appear one after

another on the screen.

In the violently scrawled style of Ralph Steadman, the title

FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS splashes onto the screen. A

beat, and then it runs down and off revealing:

TITLE: "He who makes a beast of himself Gets rid of the pain Of being a man."

Dr. Johnson

The VOICE OF HUNTER S. THOMPSON -- a.k.a. RAOUL DUKE:

DUKE (V.O.) We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.

AAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

A red Chevy convertible -- THE RED SHARK -- wipes the black screen.

EXT. ON THE ROAD TO LAS VEGAS - DAY

AAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

THE RED SHARK races down the desert highway at a hundred miles an hour. THE STONES' "Sympathy For the Devil" blares.

AT THE WHEEL Script provided for educational purposes. More scripts can be found here: http://www.sellingyourscreenplay.com/library

STRANGELY STILL AND TENSE, RAOUL DUKE DRIVES -- SKELETAL,

BEER IN HAND -- STARES STRAIGHT AHEAD.

BESIDE HIM, FACE TURNED TO THE SUN, EYES CLOSED BEHIND

WRAPAROUND SPANISH SUNGLASSES, IS HIS SWARTHY AND UNNERVINGLY

UNPREDICTABLE ATTORNEY, DR. GONZO.

The music pounds DUKE stares straight ahead. GONZO froths up a can of beer -- uses it as shaving foam.

DUKE (V.O.) I remember saying something like: "I feel a bit lightheaded. Maybe you should drive..."

GONZO starts shaving.

DUKE (V.O.) 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...

Close on DUKE -- shadows flutter across his face. The reflections of bats swirl within his eyes. We push in close to one eye ball -- SCREECHING SWIRLING BAT-LIKE SHAPES!

AAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

DUKE (V.O.)...and a voice was screaming: Holy Jesus! What are these goddamn animals?

CUT TO WIDE SHOT OF CAR -DUKE, eyes rigid, flails at the air. No bats anywhere.

GONZO casually looks over...

GONZO What are you yelling about?

DUKE SCREECHES to the side of the road. The sudden wrench makes GONZO nick his face with his razor.

DUKE Never mind. It's your turn to drive.

DUKE (V.O.) Script provided for educational purposes. More scripts can be found here: http://www.sellingyourscreenplay.com/library No point mentioning these bats. I thought. The poor bastard will see them soon enough.

DUKE hops out of the car, keeping an eye out for bats, frantically opens the trunk to reveal what looks like A MOBILE POLICE NARCOTICS LAB. DUKE desperately rifles through the impressive stash.

–  –  –

DUKE, eyes darting madly as he hears what sounds like the SHRIEKS OF BATS returning, grabs an assortment along with another six-pack of beer -- slams the trunk shut and dives back into the car.

–  –  –

THE RED SHARK RACES INTO THE DISTANCE... on the ground, weakly flapping is a SEMI-SQUASHED, SLOWLY DYING ANIMAL... A BAT?

EXT. FURTHER DOWN THE ROAD TO LAS VEGAS - DAY

IN THE RED SHARK

GONZO grips the wheel -- stares maniacally down the road -a lousy driver.

–  –  –

Script provided for educational purposes. More scripts can be found here: http://www.sellingyourscreenplay.com/library The radio news wars with "SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL" on a tape recorder.

–  –  –

GONZO changes the station -- "ONE TOKE OVER THE LINE, SWEET JESUS, ONE TOKE OVER THE LINE" vies with "SYMPATHY"... He sings along -- washes a couple of pills back with a new beer.

The RED SHARK fishtails.

–  –  –

UP AHEAD -- AT THE SIDE OF THE DESERTED ROAD

A LONE HITCHHIKER spots them, jumps up and sticks out a thumb.

The RED SHARK roars past. Then, fifty yards down the road...

–  –  –

Then the big grin freezes on the OKIE KID's face at the sight of: DUKE and GONZO looking out at him with HYPER-NORMAL, shit-eating SMILES.

Script provided for educational purposes. More scripts can be found here: http://www.sellingyourscreenplay.com/library DUKE Is that right? Well, I guess you're about ready, eh?

The HITCHHIKER hesitates.

–  –  –

DUKE turns back to the HITCHHIKER -- smiles reassuringly.

EXT. EVEN FURTHER DOWN THE ROAD TO LAS VEGAS - DAY

The HITCHHIKER sits nervously in the back seat as the RED SHARK screams down the road.





GONZO sings along to the tape player.

The HITCHHIKER's eyes go to the door -- considers jumping out and taking his chances.

DUKE, sweating bullets, STARES AT THE HITCHHIKER in the rear view mirror.

–  –  –

DUKE's mouth moves intermittently -- sometimes in sync with the words, sometimes not.

Script provided for educational purposes. More scripts can be found here: http://www.sellingyourscreenplay.com/library DUKE (V.O.) If so -- well, we'll just have to cut his head off and bury him somewhere. Because it goes without saying that we can't turn him loose.

He'd report us at once to some kind of outback Nazi law enforcement agency, and they'll run us down like dogs...

–  –  –

INT. THE BEVERLY WILLS HOTEL POGO LOUNGE 1971 - DAY A uniformed DWARF, carries a shockingly PINK TELEPHONE through the glittering, tranquil POGO LOUNGE CROWD. They are the ELOI. HENDRIX AFROS and DROOPING MUSTACHES and BELL BOTTOMS and LOVE BEADS and BELLS. ACTRESSES sip Singapore Slings and PROMOTERS sip ACTRESSES in this MONIED, SANITISED VERSION OF

THE GREAT REVOLUTION YEARS.

–  –  –

The DWARF reaches DUKE -- T-shirt, levis, sneakers and shades.

GONZO -- white rayon bellbottoms and a khaki tank top undershirt. They are in the middle of a serious conversation.

–  –  –

DUKE hangs up the PHONE with the DEAD-PAN EXPRESSION OF A MOVIE SPY.

DUKE That was headquarters. They want me to go to Las Vegas at once and make Script provided for educational purposes. More scripts can be found here: http://www.sellingyourscreenplay.com/library contact with a Portuguese photographer named Lacerda. He'll have the details.

All I have to do is check into my sound proof suite and he'll seek me out.

GONZO, says nothing for a moment, then POUNDS the table!

–  –  –

DUKE and GONZO are up and off. The DWARF chases after them with the (very large) check in his hand.

They sweep out through the Lounge door, unaware of it swinging back into the face of the pursuing DWARF.

–  –  –

EXT. BEVERLY WILLS HOTEL - FRONT ENTRANCE - DAY

DUKE and GONZO emerge.

Script provided for educational purposes. More scripts can be found here: http://www.sellingyourscreenplay.com/library DUKE The Mint 400! The richest off-road race for motorcycles and dune-buggies in the history of organized sport!

(handing parking ticket to Valet)

-- a fantastic spectacle in honor of some fatback grossero who owns the luxurious Mint Hotel in the heart of downtown Vegas... at least that's what the press release says.

Their car arrives -- rusted out, smashed door panels. They jump in.

–  –  –

And they're off in a cloud of black exhaust as the nosebleeding DWARF stumbles out with the unpaid bill in his hand.

EXT. SUNSET BLVD - DAY The PINTO races through shot.

–  –  –

INT. POLYNESIAN BAR - DAY TORN YELLOW PAGES with dealer's ads ticked off lie in a pile as GONZO yells into a PAYPHONE. DUKE carries over four Singapore Slings.

–  –  –

Directly in front of them: BLOODY CARNAGE -- a covered corpse is loaded into an ambulance by PARAMEDICS.

Script provided for educational purposes. More scripts can be found here: http://www.sellingyourscreenplay.com/library

EXT. CAR RENTAL AGENCY - NIGHT

–  –  –

Behind the wheel of the RED SHARK: DUKE grins with satisfaction -- checking it out. A nervous AGENT holds out a clipboard. DUKE signs without looking at the rental papers.

–  –  –

Script provided for educational purposes. More scripts can be found here: http://www.sellingyourscreenplay.com/library

EXT. RUNDOWN BEACH HOUSE - NIGHT

STRANGE AND MAGICAL. In the moonlight: the silhouetted figures of DUKE and GONZO as they pack the RED SHARK.

–  –  –

The surf crashes in the distance...

EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN - NIGHT DUKE cries out as he dives into the ocean. He lets himself float up through the silvery bubbles...

DUKE AND GONZO FLOAT BEATIFICALLY IN THE GLOWING, SHIMMERING

MOONLIT SURF.

–  –  –

The HITCHHIKER nods -- giggles -- petrified.

DUKE (V.O.) He said he understood, but I could see in his eyes that he didn't. He Script provided for educational purposes. More scripts can be found here: http://www.sellingyourscreenplay.com/library was lying to me.

–  –  –

DUKE and GONZO break 2 AMYLS apiece -- INHALE DEEPLY. GONZO falls back on the seat, staring straight up at the sun. The HITCHHIKER looks petrified.

–  –  –

DUKE Script provided for educational purposes. More scripts can be found here: http://www.sellingyourscreenplay.com/library (to HITCHHIKER) Pay no attention to this swine. He can't handle the medicine.

(he begins laughing)

–  –  –

DUKE glances back at the running HITCHHIKER.

Script provided for educational purposes. More scripts can be found here: http://www.sellingyourscreenplay.com/library DUKE (suddenly clambering into the front seat) Move over!! We have to get out of California before that kid finds a cop!

DUKE GUNS THE RED SHARK -- TAKES OFF DOWN THE ROAD...

EXT. UNBELIEVABLY FAR DOWN THE ROAD TO LAS VEGAS - DAY

THE RED SHARK races -- DUKE at the wheel -- straight ahead driving.

–  –  –

DUKE takes his half -- chews it.

Script provided for educational purposes. More scripts can be found here: http://www.sellingyourscreenplay.com/library DUKE How long do I have?

–  –  –

The RED SHARK screams along the highway past a billboard:

"DON'T GAMBLE WITH MARIJUANA! \ IN NEVADA: POSSESSION - 20 YEARS; SALE - LIFE!!"

EXT. LAS VEGAS MINT HOTEL - DUSK

The RED SHARK pulls up outside the MINT. A great banner spanning the street announces the MINT 400.

DUKE can feel the drug surging up inside him. Clutching a buckled beer can, sweat pouring, he stares fixedly at the TICKET the ATTENDANT gives him.

–  –  –

INT. HOTEL LOBBY - DAY DUKE waits in line at the front desk -- RIGID WITH PENT UP ENERGY. GONZO's ahead of him -- muscling in -- trying to queue jump and failing.

Script provided for educational purposes. More scripts can be found here: http://www.sellingyourscreenplay.com/library DUKE (V.O.) I was pouring sweat. My blood is too thick for Nevada. I've never been able to properly explain myself in this climate.

A COUPLE move off and DUKE jerks forward -- stops -- eyes fixed on the stony FEMALE RESERVATIONS CLERK.

–  –  –

DUKE moves ANOTHER RIGID STEP CLOSER to the desk -- the tension almost snapping him in two. GONZO's FLAPPING AROUND -absolutely no success.

Something catches DUKE's eye... He REMAINS ROOTED -- his eyes turning to the VEGETAL PAISLEY PATTERNS ON THE CARPET

WHICH ARE SHIFTING -- UNDULATING. THE CARPET PATTERNS ARE

INEXORABLY CREEPING UP THE WALLS...

–  –  –

Script provided for educational purposes. More scripts can be found here: http://www.sellingyourscreenplay.com/library DUKE sags -- grips the desk -- WHITE KNUCKLES.

–  –  –

The FACE OF THE RESERVATIONS CLERK TURNS GREEN & GROWS FANGS.

DEADLY POISON! DUKE LUNGES BACK at GONZO, who GRIPS his arm intensely -- REACHES OUT to take the ENVELOPE.

–  –  –

GONZO maneuvers DUKE away from the desk. DUKE looks back -the RESERVATIONS CLERKS is now a MORAY EEL -- green jowls and fangs.

INT. NAUTICAL BAR - DAY The bar -- OILY PEOPLE -- quiet music -- nautical theme.

DUKE and GONZO at the bar, a marlin spike hanging on the wall behind them. DUKE has turned to stone...

–  –  –

DUKE (V.O.) I couldn't remember. The name rang a Script provided for educational purposes. More scripts can be found here: http://www.sellingyourscreenplay.com/library bell, but I couldn't concentrate.

Terrible things were happening all around us...

DUKE is staring -- RAPT -- TERRIFIED. BLOOD FLOWS FREELY onto the floor. DUKE keeps his voice low.

–  –  –

DUKE looks up -- GONZO has disappeared.



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