The Rum Diary (2011)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 49 mins

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This multi-layered drama revolves around Paul Kemp, a burnt out, alcoholic, freelance journalist, who finds himself at a critical turning point in his life while writing for a run-down newspaper Puerto Rico. Paul is challenged on many levels as he tries to carve out a more secure niche for himself amidst a group of lost souls all bent on self-destruction. Will alcohol continue to be the answer to all he struggles, or will circumstances force him to see the error of his ways and seek redemption?
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Cast: Johnny Depp

Crew: Bruce Robinson (Director), Dariusz Wolski (Director of Photography), Christopher Young (Music Director)

Genres: Drama

Release Dates: 28 Oct 2011 (India)

Tagline: One part outrage. One part justice. Three parts rum. Mix well.

English Name: The Rum Diary

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Did you know? Johnny Depp suspended his sobriety for this film in order to experience the effects of liquors depicted. Read More
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as Kemp
as Sanderson
as Monk
as Segarra
as Chenault
as Mr. Green
as Segurra's Daddy
as Dancer
as Policeman
as Intruder Sidekick 1
as Bowling Champ
as Mr. Zimburger
as Lazar
as Union Leader
as Dancer
as Party Guest
as Dancer
as Bouncer
as Cafe Patron
as Digby
as Cock Fight Referee
as Dancer
as Dancer
as Sailor
as Moberg
as Xanadu Maître d'
as Judge
as Union Leader 2
as Cop On Fire
as Union Leader 3
as Wolsley
as Intruder
as Dancer
as Mrs. Zimburger
as Papa Nebo
as Bowling Champ Wife
as Dancer
as Intruder Sidekick 2
as Dancer
as Dancer
as Donovan
as Sala
as El Monstruo's Trainer
as Chenault's Friend
as Night Club Dancer
as Taxi Driver
as Hound Dog Taylor
as Lotterman
as Dancer
as Cafe Girl
as Dancer
as Dancer
as Rosy
as Hotel Waiter


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Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
One part outrage. One part justice. Three parts rum. Mix well.
Absolutely Nothing in Moderation
Filming Locations:
When Kemp and Sanderson talk at the dock the morning after Sanderson's fiancée refused to leave the nightclub, Kemp's hair is frizzy, unkempt, and blowing in the breeze. Sanderson says, "You blew it, Kemp." When the camera cuts back to Kemp, moments later, his hair is styled neatly.

When Kemp prepares to get breakfast with Hal Sanderson, he puts on his glasses. In the next shot, the glasses are gone. He stands up and picks up them up from the table.

Crew/Equipment Visible
When Sanderson and Kemp talk in the car, the camera is reflected in Kemp's sunglasses.

Errors in Geography
When Kemp and Sala experience the effects of the mysterious drug while walking outside by the docks, the lobster in the tank is a Maine lobster (large claws), not a Caribbean lobster (no claws).

The red airplane in the opening sequence is a 1974 Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub (tail number N8991Y). However, the Super Cub was relatively unchanged from 1949 to 1994.

When Kemp interviews the tourist couple at the bowling alley,"Telstar" by The Tornadoes is playing in the background. The song was released in 1962.

Kemp mentions a Jacuzzi just before he signs the contract. The Jacuzzi was invented in 1968.

When Kemp drives the Corvette along the coast, as the camera pans the car and roadway from above, a cellular telephone tower appears in the shot.
The final black and white still shot at the very end of the movie is not Puerto Rico, where the movie takes place, but Aruba. The author is shown sitting on a bench at the Aruba Palm Beach Club with a bottle of Amstel beer. The Aruba Caribbean Hotel, in the background, was the first resort hotel constructed on Palm Beach. The author visited Aruba while living in Puerto Rico. The photo is also the book's cover photo.

This movie marks the second time that Johnny Depp appears in a movie adaptation of a Hunter S. Thompson novel. The first time was Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998).

Johnny Depp suspended his sobriety for this film in order to experience the effects of liquors depicted.

Benicio Del Toro, Brad Pitt, Josh Hartnett, and Nick Nolte were originally slated to appear in this movie.

At one point, Benicio Del Toro was set to direct this movie.

The name of the restaurant that Kemp and Sala are chased from, Cafe Cabrónes, translates roughly to Cafe of Assholes.

Swiss actor Philippe Vonlanthen, who met director Bruce Robinson at a London book signing of his novel "The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Pennman" in 1999, was considered for the role of Digby.

When Sanderson introduces Paul Kemp to Chenault, he asks if they've met before. Kemp says they might have met on the plane. In the original novel, Kemp first meets Chenault on the plane to San Juan.

This was the first film directed by Bruce Robinson since Jennifer 8 (1992), marking his comeback after a 19 year hiatus.