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Based on the early novel by Hunter S. Thompson, "The Rum Diary" movie tells the increasingly unhinged story of itinerant journalist Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp). Tiring 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 newspaper, The San Juan Star, run by downtrodden editor Lotterman (Richard Jenkins). Adopting the rum-soaked life of the island, Paul soon becomes obsessed with Chenault (Amber Heard), the wildly attractive Connecticut-born fiancée of Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart). Sanderson, a businessman involved in shady property development deals, is one of a growing number of American entrepreneurs who are determined to convert Puerto Rico into a capitalist paradise in service of the wealthy. When Kemp is recruited by Sanderson to write favorably about his latest unsavory scheme, the journalist is presented with a choice: to use his words for the corrupt businessmen's financial benefit, or use them to take the bastards down.

Writer/director Bruce Robinson (Academy Award nominated screenwriter of "The Killing Fields," and director of the cult movie "Withnail & I") directs from his screenplay based on the original novel by Thompson. "The Rum Diary" represents the debut film of Infinitum Nihil, the production company headed by Johnny Depp and Christi Dembrowski, together with Academy Award Winner Graham King's production company GK Films. The film is being produced by Johnny Depp, Christi Dembrowski, Anthony Rhulen, Robert Kravis, and Graham King.

Johnny Depp ("Public Enemies," "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy), a three time Academy Award nominee, portrays the itinerant journalist, Paul Kemp. Depp is joined by such fine contemporary performers as Aaron Eckhart ("The Dark Knight," "Thank You For Smoking") as Sanderson, Amber Heard ("Pineapple Express," "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane") as Sanderson's sultry, temptress girlfriend Chenault, Michael Rispoli ("Rounders," "Summer of Sam") as Sala, Richard Jenkins, (Academy Award nominee as Best Actor for "The Visitor") as Kemp's downtrodden editor Lotterman, and Giovanni Ribisi ("Saving Private Ryan") as Moberg. The supporting cast includes Bill Smitrovich ("Iron Man") as Zimburger, Amaury Nolasco ("Transformers") as Segurra, and Marshall Bell ("Capote") as Donovan.

Bruce Robinson assembled a stellar behind-the-scenes creative team for "The Rum Diary," including director of photography Dariusz Wolski ("Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy, "Alice in Wonderland"), production designer Chris Seagers ("The Taking of Pelham 123," "Déjà Vu"), nine time Academy Award Nominee and two time Academy Award winning costume designer Colleen Atwood ("Chicago," "Memoirs of a Geisha," "Public Enemies," "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," "Sleepy Hollow"), and casting director Denise Chamian ("Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy). Robinson reunites with his old friend Peter Kohn ("Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy, "Body of Lies"). Kohn was his first assistant director on "Withnail and I" and now serves as both first assistant director and co-producer. Executive producers are Tim Headington, William Shively, AJ Dix, Greg Shapiro, Patrick McCormick, and George Tobia. Peter Kohn acts as co-producer.


Genre: Drama
Runtime: 120 mins.
Release Date: October 28, 2011
Tagline: One part outrage. One part justice. Three parts rum. Mix well.
Distributor: FilmDistrict
Production Companies:
Infinitum Nihil
GK Films

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