Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a cult classic movie directed by Terrance Gilliam and stars Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro. It was released in 1998.

It’s visually superb, and Depp and Del Toro give great performances in this gambling movie. It is a vicious drug-fuelled screed that details how the hippie ideal became corrupted by the Nixon era and how it influenced the American Dream.

The Main Story

A magazine has assigned Duke (Johnny Depp) to travel to Vegas and cover the Mint 400 cycle race. However, the duo has also decided to take advantage of the assignment and purchase a large variety of drugs, which sets them on a downward spiral. Chaos and mayhem reign supreme, their drug-induced states see them destroying hotel rooms and leaving casinos due to hallucinations.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a narrative of a reporter’s drug-induced delusions while on Las Vegas assignment. It’s supposed to be a journey with a journalistic purpose but turns into the exploration of Vegas and Casinos under the umbrella of illegal substances.

The movie did not get very good reviews as it was considered “strange” by movie critics, and the weird part is that there was no budget in place when filming began.

The Ending

The movie’s end shows Dr Gonzo ditching Duke in Vegas and leaving him with an outrageous bill for the hotel room. However, Duke tracks Gonzo down, and the duo land up attending the conference in a drug-induced state. They leave the conference early after spending most of the time discreetly snorting cocaine, while the guest speaker is ironically taking about marijuana addicts!

Duke drops Gonzo off at the airport and then returns to his hotel to finish his article before driving to Las Vegas.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a 1988 American comedy film directed by Frank Oz. The main actors are Steve Martin, Michael Caine and Glenne Headly.

The Main Story

The title says it all. In this fun-filled gambling movie, two con men, Michael Caine and Steve Martin realise they can’t operate at the same casinos and general territory and therefore decide that one of them will have to leave. They place a bet between themselves that involves robbing an heiress, and whichever one of them wins, they will stay, and the other will leave town.

Lawrence Jamieson (Michael Caine) is a long-time resident at a luxurious resort on the Riviera Beaumont-sur-Mer where he enjoys his continuous cons until a competitor arrives, Freddy Benson (Steve Martin). Lawrence is suave and aloof and creates an air of confidence amongst Nebraska’s gullible tourists where they happily believe he is a king in exile. On the flip side of the coin, there is Freddy a scruffy American who works the lower end of the scam ladder, accepting money for his non-existent ailing grandmother.

They meet on a train where Jamieson observes Benson scamming a tourist in what Jamieson refers to as a crude con. It does not please Jamieson as he has a theory that all bad crooks pollute the water for stylish con men like himself. They do a few cons together when finally Jamieson decides he has to get rid of Freddy.

The plot is bizarre and revolves around one con man trying to corner the other in an odd trap with hilarious consequences, and adds light-heartedness to being scammed.

The Ending

In the end, Lawrence discovers that Janet is not actually a soap heiress. It turns out that she had won her vacation and “Soap Queen” title in a sweepstake.

Bay of Angels

Bay of Angels Bay of Angels is a 1963 French film directed by Jacques Demy. Claude Mann ( Jean ) and Jeanne Moreau ( Jacqueline ) are the main actors.

The Main Story

Bay of Angels delves into the minds of gamblers where not only does a romance develop between two people but a deeply rooted romance for a Roulette wheel. The narrative revolves around gambling which also becomes this gambling movies central theme.

Jean, a young bank clerk, becomes addicted to gambling through a co-worker. He decides to vacation in the South of France, where he meets and falls in love with Jacqueline. Jacqueline is a manipulative, selfish, vulgar woman but at the same time somewhat charming and if given a chance would sell her own if it meant she could have another shot at the Roulette table.

On the other hand, Jean is dour and humourless and sometimes resorts to violence when he fears losing Jacqueline’s. Jacqueline was previously married and told Jean this. From the conversation, it is evident she isn’t wife mother or lover material. Instead, her ears and heart are attuned to the shuffling of cards, clinking of chips and the spinning of the Roulette Wheel. She’s wildly in love and obsessed with gambling and will stake everything. In contrast, Jean enjoys the casino but knows when to walk away because unlike Jacqueline, money is not his disease. His love for her is that she will one day embrace him as she does the Roulette ball.

The Ending

Bay of Angels ending is unusual coming as an improbably diamond bow. Jacqueline rebuffs Jean whilst sitting at the Roulette table, and he leaves the casino. She notices that he has left and runs out after him, an ironic turn of events. They embrace and walk away hand in hand, making one believe she had turned her back on gambling for love, a tad unbelievable especially from a woman who felt no remorse when she abandoned her son for gambling.