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  • Actors: Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm, Julian Sands, Roy Scheider
  • Directors: David Cronenberg
  • Writers: David Cronenberg, William S. Burroughs
  • Producers: Gabriella Martinelli, Jeremy Thomas
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Castilian
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: First Independent
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Jan. 1994
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000055Z1J
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 299,891 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A weird, surreal plot inspired by the life and writings of William S. Burroughs. 'Naked Lunch' begins with Burroughs' alter-ego Bill Lee working as an exterminator and running out of bug killer. He finds his wife has been injecting it as a drug, decides to try it for himself and spends the rest of the film taking orders from giant bugs and a talking typewriter. Directed by controversial horror-meister David Cronenberg (The Brood, Crash).

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You are now entering Interzone, William S Burroughs' phantasmagorical land of junk, paranoia and crawly things. Best travel advice: "Exterminate all rational thought". In David Cronenberg's superbly shot, unnerving warp on the Burroughs novel, Naked Lunch, the novelist himself becomes a main character (played in an implacable monotone by Peter Weller), with elements from Burroughs' life--including the shooting of his wife during a "William Tell" game, and bohemian friends Kerouac and Ginsberg--added to frame the book's wild visions. This is, ironically, a somewhat rational approach to an unfilmable book (and it makes a hair-curling double bill with Barton Fink, another look at writerly madness, with both films sharing Judy Davis). Cronenberg is a natural for oozing mugwumps and typewriters that turn into giant bugs, of course. But in the end, this is really his own vision of the artistic process, rather than Burroughs' hallucinatory descent into hell. --Robert Horton, Amazon.com --This text refers to the DVD edition.

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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Format: DVD
Cronenberg is the right man for a very, very odd job. If you've yet to purchase this incredible mind-trip involving bug powder, Brazilian centipedes, typewriters turning into giant insects, and bumping into Mugwumps in bars then the Dvd/Blu-ray release is well worth your hard earned money.
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Even by the standard set by William Burroughs' novel of the same name, 'Naked Lunch' is pretty crazy.
Blurring the line between reality and drug-induced madness, Peter Weller stars as Bill Lee, who goes from using cockroach powder as a drug and taking orders from a giant bug who wants him to kill his wife, the movie does a damn good job of capturing the atmosphere of fear and paranoia that Burroughs communicated.
Fleeing to Morocco, he takes orders from his typewriter and a 'mugwump', writing reports for his handler and thinking himself a secret agent under the influence of the 'black meat' and roaming around the Tangiers sampling the local drugs and gay scene.
It's every bit as dark as the book and Weller's deadpan delivery is perfectly suited to the crazy poetic passages taken more or less directly from it, like the man who teaches his backside to talk. Weller as Lee, and Ian Holm as the expat writer, Frost, show the struggles of writing a novel as undergone by Burroughs, arguing the merits of different typewriters and the virtues of the local drugs, and how these improve the final published work.
Both the visuals and the dialogue will make a big and lasting impression-it's Kafkaesque, haunting and crazy, though compelling throughout.
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Stunning film ! The book they said could never be filmed...The marriage of Cronenberg & Burroughs is a partnership made in creative heaven ! A wild ride through the mind of Bill Burroughs via the thematic preoccupations of David Cronenberg - begun in "Rabid" explored further in "Videodrome" & revisited once again in "eXistenZ" ... Don't bother asking "But what does it all mean?" The meaning is the story, the narrative is - or should be - all you need here. Just go along with it, surrender all rational thought (& the need for deep analysis) & enjoy !!
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This might suit Cronenberg as director o this since it is based on a strange novel whose novelist was disturbing, but may be off-putting to some people who are not fans of Cronenberg. The cast is somewhat forgettable even thoygh Peter Weller does a solid job as someone going mad.
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Worth seeing - some classic scenes where Joan breathes poison on roaches ect. But disturbing and wierd. Whatever rocks your boat.
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Amazing quality , great service!! Been buying fromthese guys for a while and they never let me down... Highly recommended!!
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By shane on 20 Sept. 2014
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A really good film and very interesting.if you like William Burroughs books your love this film.well worth a watch.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ACD on 9 Dec. 2012
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Cronenberg at his best - as usual full of interesting ideas and excellent actors. He sure knows how to make a film.
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