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Naked Lunch

R| 1 hr. 55 min.

Plot Summary
Blank-faced bug killer Bill Lee (Peter Weller) and his dead-eyed wife, Joan (Judy Davis), like to get high on Bill's pest poisons while lounging with Beat poet pals. After meeting the devilish Dr. Benway (Roy Scheider), Bill gets a drug made from a centipede. Upon indulging, he accidentally kills Joan, takes orders from his typewriter-turned-cockroach, ends up in a constantly mutating Mediterranean city and learns that his hip friends have published his work -- which he doesn't remember writing.

Cast: Peter Weller , Judy Davis , Ian Holm , Julian Sands , Roy Scheider , Monique Mercure , Nicholas Campbell , Robert Silverman

Director: David Cronenberg

Genres: Science fiction

Distributor: Criterion Collection, 20th Century Fox

Naked Lunch (1991)

Release Date: December 26th, 1991|1 hr. 55 min.

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  • Naked Lunch will undoubtedly bring pleasure, much of it perverse, to [David Cronenberg]'s many fans - and, simultaneously, confound and repulse a huge chunk of filmgoers. [10 Jan 1992] show more

  • Though much of Naked Lunch is flip, hip and hilariously funny, it never wanders far from a profoundly melancholic undertone - Cronenberg's unshakable sense of loneliness, isolation and anxiety. [10 Jan 1992] show more

  • A treat for Cronenberg fans, though this could hardly be called a gripping, or emotionally involving, story; you're more likely to need a can of bug spray than a hanky. show more

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