Cast and Crew: Benecio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire, Ellen Barkin, Gary Busey, Christina Ricci, Mark Harmon, Cameron Diaz, Katherine Helmond, Michael Jeter, Penn Gillette, Lyle Lovett, Flea, Laraine Newman, Harry Dean Stanton, Tim Thomerson, Christopher Meloni
What It’s About: Journalist Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) turns an assignment covering a motorcycle race in the Nevada desert into an intense, drug-fueled journey through the underbelly of Nixon’s America and his own psyche.
Why Watch it Today?: Journalist and cult author Hunter S. Thompson, who wrote the book, died today in 2005. Writer/director Terry Gilliam brought us the most successful adaptation of Thompson’s work, with a great ensemble cast, great set-pieces, quotable dialog, an excellent soundtrack and creative uses of special effects.