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.


William Friedkin


Tracy Letts (screenplay), Tracy Letts (play)
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Complete credited cast:
Ashley Judd ... Agnes White
Michael Shannon ... Peter Evans
Harry Connick Jr. ... Jerry Goss
Lynn Collins ... R.C.
Brían F. O'Byrne ... Dr. Sweet
Neil Bergeron Neil Bergeron ... Man in Grocery Store
Bob Neill Bob Neill ... Pizza Harris (voice)


Having escaped her abusive ex-husband Goss, recently released from state prison, Agnes, a lonely waitress with a tragic past moves into a sleazy, rundown motel. Her lesbian co-worker R.C. introduces her to Peter, a peculiar, paranoiac drifter and they begin a tentative romance. However, things aren't always as they appear and Agnes is about to experience a claustrophobic nightmare reality as the bugs begin to arrive... Written by alfiehitchie

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


First they send in their drone... then they find their queen. See more »


Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong violence, sexuality, nudity, language and drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


According to Ashley Judd, when she first met director William Friedkin at a social event, she complimented him on a scene in French Connection II (1975) that she really loved, unaware that Friedkin had not directed it. According to Judd, Friedkin was very "gracious" about it. See more »


Near the end, when a pizza is delivered to Agnes and Peter, she takes some money and goes to the door : one can see she has a panties. A few minutes later, when they undress themselves, Agnes just removes her nightie : her panties has disappeared already (and she never removed it before that last scene). See more »


[first lines]
[phone rings]
Agnes White: Hello? Hello?
[hangs up]
Agnes White: Bastard!
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Crazy Credits

There is a short scene after the first part of the credits, a telephone rings during the credits, and a brief shot after the credits end. See more »


Learning to Drive
Written by Scott Weiland
Performed by Scott Weiland
Scott Weiland appears courtesy of RCA Records
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BUG is how theater should exist on film
19 January 2010 | by mickeyshamrockSee all my reviews

I'll just come out and say it – I love this movie. But is it a movie? I can't really answer that. Honestly, this doesn't really feel or play out like a movie but maybe that's just me. Keep a few things in mind: this is based on a stage play, the screenplay was written by the author of the play, Friedkin is a big fan of the play, and the lead (Michael Shannon) is from the original production of the stage play. Got that? Good. You know how they say Sam Mendes brings "theater" to the "big screen" (and I say F that) - well, BUG is how theater should exist on film. I don't know, maybe I'm over analyzing. But while I'm over analyzing I'll throw this out there - Michael Shannon gives one of the best performances I've seen in a long time. And screw it - Ashley Judd really surprised me in this too. Harry Connick Jr. is a little dead weight but you can't win 'em all Harry. Mix some old Cronenberg with a pinch of Lynch (can I coin that?), throw it on an Off Broadway stage and see what sticks, then have Friedkin direct it and you've got BUG.

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Release Date:

25 May 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bug See more »

Filming Locations:

Olancha, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,245,556, 27 May 2007

Gross USA:


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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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