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The Rum Diary
Film Synopsis | The Rum Diary

Johnny Depp stars as Paul Kemp, a failed author-turned-journalist who is taking an extended drinking holiday away from his real life while trying his hand at writing features for "The San Juan Star" newspaper in Puerto Rico. Richard Jenkins deftly plays a comic role as his long-suffering editor and Michael Rispoli and Giovanni Ribisi shamble through their parts as Depp's drunken sidekicks Sala and Moberg.

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Playing the classic Hunter S. Thompson hero, Depp checks into a hotel, empties the minibar and "meets-cute" his love interest - former model-turned-actress Amber Heard - during a chance encounter in the hotel lobby.

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As luck would have it, his would-be sweetheart is engaged to Aaron Eckhart, a crafty local realtor who hires Depp to author some hyperbolical real estate articles to support a shady resort transaction. As the real deal unfolds, Depp discovers the ugly truth behind the gleaming resort facades of Puerto Rico but his Editor refuses to publish an exposé that might damage the image of the island and dampen tourism. In the end, Depp returns to New York, sobers up, gets the girl and rediscovers his voice as a successful writer.

Johnny Depp The Rum Diary
Directors: Bruce Robinson
Producers: Johnny Depp
Graham King
Christi Dembrowski
Anthony Rhulen
Robert Kravis
Screenplay: Bruce Robinson
Starring Johnny Depp
Aaron Eckhart
Michael Rispoli
Amber Heard
Richard Jenkins
Giovanni Ribisi
Music: Christopher Young
Cinematography: Dariusz Wolski
Editing: Carol Littleton
Studio: GK Films
Infinitum Nihil
Film Engine
Distributor: FilmDistrict
Release date:
October 28, 2011
Running time: 120 minutes
Johnny Depp Amber Heard The Rum Diary