Wave Speech – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Film:  Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Year:  1998
Screenplay: Terry Gilliam, Tony Grisoni, Alex Cox & Tod Davies
Role: Raoul Duke
Actor: Johnny Depp
Length: approx. 1 minute 30 seconds minimum


Strange memories on this nervous night in Las Vegas. Has it been five years ? Six? It seems like a lifetime —the kind of peak that never comes again. San Francisco in the middle sixties was a very special time and place to be a part of. But no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world. Whatever it meant.…

There was madness in any direction, at any hour. You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning.… And that, I think, was the handle—that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn’t need that. Our energy would simply prevail. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave.…

So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark — that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.