Naked Lunch – Criterion [DVD] (1991) *EXTREMELY RARE LIKE NEW*

Naked Lunch – Criterion [DVD] (1991) *EXTREMELY RARE LIKE NEW*

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A 1991 drama film co-written and directed by David Cronenberg and starring Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm, and Roy Scheider. It is an adaptation of William S. Burroughs’ 1959 novel of the same name, and an international co-production of Canada, Britain, and Japan. The film was released on December 27, 1991, in the United States and April 24, 1992, in the United Kingdom by 20th Century Fox. It received positive reviews from critics, but was a box office bomb, garnering only $2.6 million out of a $17–18 million budget due to a limited release. It won numerous honors, including the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Director and seven Genie Awards, notably Best Motion Picture. Naked Lunch has since become a cult film.

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William Lee is an exterminator who finds that his wife Joan is stealing his insecticide (pyrethrum) to use as a drug to get high. When Lee is arrested by the police, he begins hallucinating because of "bug powder" exposure. He believes he is a secret agent with two handlers in the forms of a talking insectoid typewriter and an alien "Mugwump". The bug assigns him the mission of killing Joan. She is allegedly an agent of an organization called Interzone Incorporated. Lee dismisses the bug and its instructions and kills it. He returns home to find Joan having sex with Hank, one of his writer friends. Shortly afterwards, he accidentally kills her while attempting to shoot a drinking glass off her head in imitation of William Tell.

Naked Lunch
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Directed by David Cronenberg
Produced by Jeremy Thomas
Gabriella Martinelli
Screenplay by David Cronenberg
Based on Naked Lunch
by William S. Burroughs
Starring
Music by Howard Shore
Ornette Coleman
Cinematography Peter Suschitzky
Edited by Ronald Sanders
Production
company
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • 27 December 1991(United States)
  • 24 April 1992 (United Kingdom)
Running time
115 minutes
Country Canada
United Kingdom
Japan
Language English
Budget $17–18 million
Box office $2.6 million

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Weight 0.5 lbs
Dimensions 5.3 × 1.0 × 7.5 in

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