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Bug (2006)

R | | Drama, Thriller | 25 May 2007 (USA)
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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.

Director:

William Friedkin

Writers:

Tracy Letts (screenplay), Tracy Letts (play)
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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)
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Storyline

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

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Paranoia is contagious. See more »

Genres:

Drama | 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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Details

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bogárűző See more »

Filming Locations:

Olancha, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,245,556, 27 May 2007

Gross USA:

$7,025,810

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,095,658
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Lynn Collins, director William Friedkin never took more than four takes to get a scene in this film, and in fact worked so fast that the actors sometimes had to beg him to do a second take when he thought they'd nailed it the first time. See more »

Goofs

The location of the motel is supposed to be in Oklahoma yet the telephone number on the room's telephone has a 504 area code of the filming location in Louisiana. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[phone rings]
Agnes White: Hello? Hello?
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Agnes White: Bastard!
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It Bugs Me and Most Everyone Else
30 May 2007 | by gorillagolankingSee all my reviews

I'm not sure why Ashley Judd continues to make suspense/horror/psychological thrillers? What compels her to these rolls of battered women on the verge of something terrible in the face of something awful at the threshold of something demonic/evil? Bug pretends to be a horror movie wrapped up in a meditation about abused women, drug abuse, love and the military-industrial complex as it pertains to conspiracy laden delusions spouted by a odd mumbling Heath Ledger in Brokeback type drifter played by Michael Shannon.

Adapted from a stage play by Tracy Letts this film starts well with interesting and sometimes surprisingly original dialog as would be expected from a semi-successful play. But alas, we are destined being the audience, to follow this inconsistent movie into the depths of paranoid dementia.

There's something about aphids running amok on and under the skin of Ashley and Michael. There's a muscle bound Harry Conick Jr. as Ms. Judd's ex-con ex-boyfriend, there are mysterious phones a ringing, and even references to the Tuskeegee experiments, and I'm sure something about UFO's even though I may or may not have heard that.

Basically, this is a movie that starts kind of well and descends quickly into an implausible conclusion that leaves the audience, well at least the audience I was with, to moan derision and to ho-hum all the way home.

Not so good. Don't do it.


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