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Writers (WGA):
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An unhinged war veteran holes up with a lonely woman in a spooky Oklahoma motel room. The line between reality and delusion is blurred as they discover a bug infestation. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
William Friedkin 
Writing credits
Tracy Letts (screenplay)

Tracy Letts (play)

Produced by
Kimberly C. Anderson .... producer
Michael Burns .... producer
Gary Huckabay .... producer
Jon Kuyper .... line producer
Michael Ohoven .... executive producer
Malcolm Petal .... producer
Andreas Schardt .... producer
Jim Seibel .... executive producer
Bonnie Timmermann .... co-producer
Holly Wiersma .... producer
Original Music by
Brian Tyler 
Cinematography by
Michael Grady (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Darrin Navarro 
Casting by
Bonnie Timmermann 
Production Design by
Franco-Giacomo Carbone  (as Franco Carbone)
Art Direction by
Franco-Giacomo Carbone  (as Franco Carbone)
Set Decoration by
Frank Zito 
Costume Design by
Peggy A. Schnitzer  (as Peggy Schnitzer)
Makeup Department
Karen Blynder .... assistant makeup artist: California (as Karen Blender)
Stacey Herbert .... assistant makeup artist (as Stacey Taniguchi)
Patrick Melville .... hair stylist: Mr. Connick
Beth Miller .... hair department head
Beth Miller .... hair stylist: Ms. Judd
Gunnar Swanson .... assistant hair stylist
Christien Tinsley .... special effects makeup
Candy L. Walken .... assistant hair stylist: California (as Candy Walker)
Brad Wilder .... makeup artist: Ms. Judd
Brad Wilder .... makeup department head
Production Management
Jon Kuyper .... unit production manager
Beau J. Genot .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Lonano .... second assistant director (as Stephen Lonano)
Michael Salven .... first assistant director
Jey Wada .... second assistant director: California
Art Department
Barry Bedig .... property consultant
Barry Bedig .... property supervisor
Gail Briant .... co-lead scenic (as P. Gail Briant)
David Capitano .... art department production assistant
Kevin Davis .... carpenter
Jean-Jacques Duplessis .... property department production assistant
Michael Eppling .... painter (as Mike Eppling)
Jaime Fernandez .... on-set dresser
Stephen Finders .... prop maker (as Stephen 'Teeb' Finders)
Caleb Guillotte .... art department coordinator (as Caleb V. Guillotte)
Gregory Harris .... carpenter (as Greg Harris)
Kim Harris .... foreman
Kim Harris .... on-set carpenter
Steve J. Jones .... carpenter
Dave Kelsey .... lead scenic painter
Bret D. Lang .... art department production assistant
Jennifer Miller .... property department production assistant
Telly Lee Ordoyne .... painter
David Pirinelli .... on-set dresser: California
Virle S. Reid .... assistant property master
Maggie Rolland .... property department production assistant
Michelle Rolland .... property master
Brent Stewart .... foreman
Marcus Turchi .... gang boss (as Marcus N. Turchi)
Marcus Turchi .... on-set carpenter (as Marcus N. Turchi)
David Tureau .... greensman
Mark M. Wilkinson .... construction
Stephen Finders .... on-set painter (uncredited)
William Charles French .... construction (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Gregory Black .... cableman (as Gregory M. Black)
Steve Boeddeker .... sound designer
Julio Carmona .... adr recordist
Ronald Eng .... supervising sound editor (as Ron Eng)
Dana LeBlanc Frankley .... first assistant sound editor
Jeffrey Haupt .... production sound mixer (as Jeffrey E. Haupt)
Ruby C. Haupt .... boom operator
Doug Jackson .... sound effects editor
Aaron Levy .... sound re-recording mixer (as Aaron 'Luc' Levy)
Ryan Maguire .... foley mixer
Willard Overstreet .... supervising foley editor
Catherine Rowe .... foley artist
Sean Rowe .... foley artist
Robert Troy .... dialogue editor
Robert Ulrich .... supervising adr editor
James Wright .... sound consultant: Dolby (as Jim Wright)
Special Effects by
David K. Nami .... special effects supervisor
David Nash .... special effects technician
Patrick Tantalo .... special effects foreman
Robert Vazquez .... special effects supervisor (as Bob Vazquez)
Brian Hillard .... special effects makeup: Tinsley Transfers (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Todd Groves .... compositor (uncredited)
Randy Little .... lead compositor (uncredited)
Wilson Tang .... digital restoration (uncredited)
Steven Ritzi .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Applebaum .... camera operator
Gordon Ard .... grip
Bob Bates .... best boy electric
Paul Beard .... best boy grip (as 'Groovy' Paul Beard)
Nathan Borck .... electric (as Tilbert McGrity 'Nathan Borck')
Jon Callesen .... best boy electric: California (as Jon C. Callesen)
Buddy Carr .... dolly grip
Rafiel Chait .... camera operator: California
Gilly Charbonnet .... key grip
Brandon Cunningham .... electric: California
Suzanne Dietz .... second assistant photographer: California
Patrick Doane .... grip: California (as Patrick [Louis] Doane)
Guido Egger .... grip: California
Harland Espeset .... dolly grip: California
Tony Friedkin .... still photographer (as Anthony Friedkin)
Charles 'Tom' Hinson .... rigging key (as Charles [Tom] Hinson)
Jesse Homan .... best boy grip: California
Aubrey Husar .... key grip: California
Mike Karasick .... gaffer (as Michael Karasick)
Vic Keatley .... rigging gaffer (as Victor Keatley)
R. Scott Lebell .... grip
Nick Leon .... grip (as T. Nick Leon)
Lee McLemore .... rigging grip (as Lee T. McLemore)
Brian Giuseppe Morena .... first assistant photographer (as Brian Morena)
Russell Nordstedt .... grip: California (as Russell Norstedt Jr.)
Louis Normandin .... rigging grip best boy
Allen Parks .... electric
Dave Perkal .... camera operator
Joel Perkal .... first assistant photographer: "b" camera
Richard Ralston .... gaffer: California
John Richie .... loader
Kenny Rivenbark .... hot head operator (as Kenny J. Rivenbark)
Kenny Rivenbark .... operator: Technocrane (as Kenny J. Rivenbark)
Declan Ryan .... electric
Chris Shadley .... video assist operator (as Chris 'Fish' Shadley)
Guy Skinner .... camera operator
Lisbeth Storandt .... first assistant photographer
James Troost .... electric: California
Sven Tusak .... loader: California
Tedd Underwood .... electric
Tracy Viera .... second assistant photographer: California
Lynda Vincent .... second assistant photographer
Michael Weeks .... electric: California
Chip Carey .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Benton Collinsworth .... camera intern (uncredited)
Dylan Goss .... aerial director of photography (uncredited)
Casting Department
Stephen Vincent .... casting associate (as Steve Vincent)
Ryan Glorioso .... extras casting associate (uncredited)
Timothee Hammond .... extras casting coordinator (uncredited)
Autumn Lee Montgomery .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Loretta Harper .... costumer: Ms. Judd
Dianne Kennedy .... costume supervisor
Giselle Spence .... cutter/fitter (as Giselle 'Gigi' Spence)
Pamela Waggoner .... key set costumer
Natasha Walsh .... key costumer
Timothy A. Wonsik .... costume supervisor (as Tim Wonsik)
Editorial Department
Michael Campbell .... assistant editor (as Michael J. Campbell)
Terry Haggar .... color timer
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Ron Stanik .... assistant editor
Jeffrey J. Hartwick .... editorial intern (uncredited)
Music Department
Jay Faires .... executive in charge of music and soundtrack: Lionsgate
Jay Faires .... music supervisor
David Falzone .... music consultant
Tricia Holloway .... music team
Gary Krause .... music editor (as Gary L. Krause)
Joe Lisanti .... music editor
Serj Tankian .... composer: additional music
Thomas D. Mahoney .... soundtrack coordinator (uncredited)
Keith Power .... technical score consultant (uncredited)
Transportation Department
M. Tarry Kelly August .... driver: van
W. Boyd Ford .... driver: cast
Roger S Graham .... driver: stakebed (as Roger S. Graham)
Nathan Hardcastle .... dispatcher: California
Geno Hart .... transportation coordinator: California
Penelope Helmer .... driver: cast
Kirk Huston .... transportation captain: California
A. Welch Lambeth .... transportation coordinator (as Arthur Welch Lambeth)
Christopher S. O'Sullivan III .... driver
Buddy Pine .... driver
Dan Seekman .... transportation office assistant
Raymond Slack .... driver
Byron E. Williams .... driver: van
Charlie Wright .... transportation captain (as Charles S. Wright)
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
Lauren Leach .... driver: cast (uncredited)
Charles Montgomery .... driver (uncredited)
Jim Oge Jr. .... driver: cast (uncredited)
John Pellegrino .... driver (uncredited)
Paul Salard III .... fuel truck driver (uncredited)
Doug Wilson .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Ronald Abrams .... location manager: California
Jillian Amburgey .... script supervisor
Steve Baloga .... chef: Location Catering
Marcus Barben .... chef: Location Catering (as Markus Barben)
Robert Beebe .... title designer
Natalie Borlaug .... set assistant: Mr. Friedkin
Gregory S. Carr .... office production assistant
Arvid Cristina .... office production assistant
Brian Evans .... first assistant accountant
Anne Fader .... production office intern
Joaquin Farinas .... chef assistant: Location Catering
Kelly Flynn .... production assistant: California (as Kelly John Flynn)
Christine Fontana .... assistant production coordinator
Marcia Franklin .... assistant: Mr. Friedkin
Christian Froude .... key accountant (as Christian C. Froude)
Daphne A. Guichard .... set medic
Erica Hirsch .... production office intern
Roy G. Irwin .... set medic: California (as Roy Irwin)
Ruth Kesler .... production coordinator
Allan Linker .... set production assistant
Tory Littman .... craft service
Michael McGrath .... production assistant: California
Peter McKernan .... helicopter pilot: California
Josie Parden .... set intern
Cali Pomes .... key set production assistant
Maria Senger .... set intern (as Maria T. Senger)
Tony Shandra .... payroll
Chris Spear .... assistant: Ms. Wiersma
M.S. 'Denny' Spranley Jr. .... accounting production assistant
Josef Brandmaier .... project manager (uncredited)
Dara Etzel .... assistant: Ashley Judd (uncredited)
Charlie French .... location manager (uncredited)
Hope Gilmore .... stand-in (uncredited)
Scott M. King .... office production intern (uncredited)
Jeremy Kirkland .... production assistant (uncredited)
Sarah Nunez .... executive assistant to producer (uncredited)
Meredith Stead .... assistant: Holly Wiersma (uncredited)
Robin Timpanaro .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jason Vowell .... production assistant (uncredited)
Katherine Walker .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Kolie Wegner .... finance executive (uncredited)
Alex J. Schott .... the producers wish to thank: Louisiana Governor's Office of Film & Television
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for some strong violence, sexuality, nudity, language and drug use
102 min
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Michael Shannon reprises the role he played in the stage version.See more »
Continuity: After Peter pulls out his teeth, you can see that he has a full mouth full when he is talking to the doctor.See more »
[first lines]
[phone rings]
Agnes White:Hello? Hello?
[hangs up]
Agnes White:Bastard!
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37 out of 63 people found the following review useful.
A Different Kind Of Horror Film..., 18 June 2007
Author: Robert Lancto ( from United States

It's difficult to discuss William Friedkin's "Bug" because, like his 1973 classic "The Exorcist" before it, it relies on atmosphere, not events. One can only go so far in stating the synopsis because it is a film that demands you know the bare essentials going in.

Primarily, "Bug" concerns a woman who has seized to believe in much of anything, and what lengths she will go to believe again. It is also about the influence that one person can have on another, especially when it comes to radical beliefs. And it begs the question: can one person's reality, no matter how fantastical, become someone else's, even when this reality could be false? Agnes White (Ashley Judd, in one of her very best performances) has been living in the Rustic Motel, a rundown joint in the South West. She has been receiving mysterious phone calls from someone (she believes it is be her ex-husband Jerry, who has just been released from prison.) One night she gets a visit from her friend and sometimes-girlfriend R.C. (Lynn Collins), who has brought with her a strange man named Peter Evans (Michael Shannon). "What do you think?", asks R.C. "He may be an ex-murderer," Agnes whispers. The three drink and when R.C. goes home, Peter offers to stay. Agnes is timid at first; Peter is strangely odd and tends to talk in a monotonous voice, but he doesn't seem dangerous. He tells her he "picks up on things" and that he can tell she is lonely. She doesn't disagree, and tells him it's nice to have someone around. He speaks of his time in the Marines, about hidden machinery watching American citizens, about secret experiments, and Agnes just listens. Peter spends the night but in the morning, there is a surprise awaiting Agnes.

That is where I must stop. I went in knowing absolutely nothing about the film and it was this factor that had me enjoying "Bug" so much. Besides a few clichés towards the beginning (such as the repeated phone calls) the story is gripping because of the smart but unadorned dialogue and the acting from Judd. There is a scene later in the film when Judd and Shannon are discussing different kinds of bed bugs, and the two are so quick and funny with their dialogue that it seems improvised.

But isn't this a horror film? In a way, yes. There are horror elements, but not in the sense as recent horror movie endeavors. There is hardly an horror violence; it is, for the most part, a sense of dread, and the awareness that what is happening to these two characters may not be real.

It is based on a play by Trecy Letts, who adapted his play for the screen. The structure of the film stays true to the stage version, as it, for the most, takes place entirely in a motel room. Only occasionally are we let outside, and when we are, it is from a view above in a helicopter. The helicopters, in fact, are used as a device to signal a growing threat. Very often in scenes in the motel room we hear the sound of helicopters passing by, a reminder that the characters are being watched. But are they really there, or are we hearing them through the ears of the characters? Friedkin uses harsh, warm lighting in the motel room and a mixture of shaky camera-work with static shots, sometimes letting the actors do their character work, sometimes taking the initiative to create tension. There is no visible antagonist, like there was in "The Exorcist". We are never sure if these bugs that are eventually terrorizing the two main characters are real or merely schizophrenic delusions. Whatever the answer, however, it is soon happening to the two of them and any sense of objectivity in the film is gone.

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