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The Rum Diary (2011)

The Rum Diary

Overview


Genre

Adventure, Drama

Release Date

October 28, 2011 (Wide)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

120 min.

Production Budget

$45 millions

Studio

FilmDistrict

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Bruce Robinson

Producer

A.J. Dix, Robert Kravis, Anthony Rhulen, Greg Shapiro, William Shively

Screenwriter

Bruce Robinson

Starring

Story


The increasingly unhinged story of itinerant journalist Paul Kemp (Depp). Tired of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, Kemp travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local San Juan newspaper run by the downtrodden editor Lotterman (Jenkins). Adopting the rum-soaked lifestyle of the late '50s version of Hemingway's "The Lost Generation," Paul soon becomes entangled with a very attractive American woman, Chenault (Heard) and her fiancee Sanderson (Eckhart), a businessman involved in shady property development deals. It is within this world that Kemp ultimately discovers his true voice as a writer and integrity as a man.

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Amber Heard stars as Chenault and Johnny Depp stars as Paul Kemp in FilmDistrict's The Rum Diary (2011)
Johnny Depp stars as Paul Kemp in FilmDistrict's The Rum Diary (2011)

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PREMIERE PHOTO

Johnny Depp
The Rum Diary Premiere - Arrivals
Oct 13, 2011
Johnny Depp
The Rum Diary Premiere - Arrivals
Oct 13, 2011

REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..we're supposed to be witnessing the birth of a great journalist, but Hunter S. Thompson, as his career went on, got swallowed up by his mystique as an outlaw of excess. In The Rum Diary, that myth becomes an excuse for a movie to go slumming..”
by Owen Gleiberman [Entertainment Weekly]
“..the voice issue is what troubles the film as well, but in more significant ways - Thompson found his, "Rum Diary" never does. That might have been a death sentence for the movie had not Depp been in such good form..”
by Betsy Sharkey [LA Times]
“..predictable destination..”
by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]