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Naked Lunch (1991)

R | | Drama | 24 April 1992 (UK)
After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally kills his wife, and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in a port town in North Africa.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bill Lee
... Joan Frost / Joan Lee
... Tom Frost
... Yves Cloquet
... Dr. Benway
... Fadela
... Hank
... Martin
... Hans
... Kiki (as Joseph Scorsiani)
... Creature Voices / Exterminator #2
Yuval Daniel ... Hafid
... Hauser
Sean McCann ... O'Brien
Howard Jerome ... A.J. Cohen
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Storyline

Not an adaptation of beat writer William S. Burrough's novel but a mix of biography and an interpretation of his drug- induced writing processes combined with elements of his work in this paranoid fantasy about Bill Lee, a writer who accidentally shoots his wife, whose typewriter transforms into a cockroach and who becomes involved in a mysterious plot in North African port called Interzone. Wonderfully bizarre, not unlike Burrough's books. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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The book was banned. The film should never have been made. Too late. See more »

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Rated R for heavy drug content, bizarre eroticism, and language | See all certifications »

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24 April 1992 (UK)  »

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David Cronenberg's Naked Lunch  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,541,541
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In Spain, after seven years, it was only released in Barcelona (Méliés Cinemes, November 1998) in a subtitled version. Later, in 2007, the film was an official release limited in other provinces, also in a subtitled version. See more »

Goofs

The glass shot off Judy Davis' head changes to a plastic glass. First instance as the glass is falling off her head after the shot and then at end of film it is a plastic glass Ms Davis balances on her head. It remains plastic until it falls to floor and changes back into glass. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bill Lee: Exterminator.
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Referenced in Dark City (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Vaya Con Dios
Composed by Larry Russell / Inez James / Buddy Pepper
Performed by Les Paul and Mary Ford
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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Twisted Film concerning twisted minds
20 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

Naked Lunch seems to be just totally incomprehensible upon first viewing. However, after watching it again, you start to understand more and more. Upon multiple viewings, you really get a feel for what's transpiring before your eyes. The ultimate message is that it is really just a metaphor for heroin addiction, even though it's so much more deeper than that. It's an intricate study of a man, William S. Burroughs, who was a heroin addict, and among other things one of the most significant Beat authors ever. The film delves deeply into the psyche of Burroughs and takes you on a trip in his mind and your own. There are touches of reality and many flashes of paranoia, and it is all done with style and grace. Seriously one of the best films about an author, Naked Lunch will certainly stand the test of time against other films which may seem at first entertaining, but lose their luster upon multiple viewings. Whereas, Naked Lunch, in my opinion, never will. 10 out of 10.


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