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Naked Lunch (1991) Movie Information

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David Cronenberg


Peter Weller
Judy Davis
Julian Sands
Ian Holm
Roy Scheider
Monique Mercure





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David Cronenberg's attempt to film the unfilmable Naked Lunch is a tour throught Willam S. Burroughs world filled with paranoia, mugwumps and transforming typewriters.

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Snoogans 05/06/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A film not just based on the novel of the same name, but also contains autobiographical moments from the author's life. It's many bizarre images melted together with the main character's confused writing process do offer some strange and paranoid scenes. The whole movie has a slightly noir feel to it. A more difficult Cronenberg film to fathom, but that's what makes it appealing. It's constantly confusing nature makes it harder to get into on first viewing.

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mitchellyoung 01/15/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This is, admittedly, a very strange movie. If you can overlook some of the grotesqueness, it is actually an intriguing and symbolic neo-noir film that explores themes of paranoia and mortality. If you can believe it, this is one of the more accessible Cronenberg films.

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SaharanSnowfall 12/30/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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If you've read the book, be prepared for something a little different from the film. Done in a distinctly "Cronenbergian" style, Naked Lunch (the film) is an exploration of the drug-induced stupor of a troubled author, not a direct adaptation of a nearly unadaptable film. Cockroaches, larger-than-life centipedes, and polymorphous typewriters exist in limbo between an exotic fantasy and the sad reality of writer's block addiction.

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Chris Kavan 03/12/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I like David Cronenberg and I like films that are weird, but, try as I might, I just couldn't wrap my mind around Naked Lunch. I can't fault it's a brilliant, bizarre film - I'm just afraid I didn't get it.

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03/28/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Weird Entertaining Art-house

David Cronenberg has a strange affinity for books that are said to be “unfilmable.” Between this and his recent Cosmopolis, it seems unlikely that he has directed two book adaptations of this kind by accident.

Naked Lunch is a very interesting book, and I would definitely recommend to anyone seeing this movie to read the book first. Weather you read the book or the movie first is typically not a big deal. In fact I often get ticked by people who complain about how a movie is bad just because it’s not exactly like the book. Yet Naked Lunch is an exception I must make; trust me on this one.

The reason that you should read the book before seeing the movie? Simply put Naked Lunch isn’t really an adaptation of the book. It’s more a look a strange art-house look at the mind of a man...

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11/16/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Not one of the best from the director in this critics opinion, it was however fresh with regard to its premise and horrific in certain scenes. William Lee (Peter Weller) is an exterminator who was tasked to perform a mission by a controller (a giant bug). The bugs were realistic and gore were spot on, coming from the directors reputation of creating realistic fiction. Weak-points were the uninteresting lead, lack of exciting supporting cast, ineffective soundtrack and clarity with the purpose of the missions. Even the pace was albeit sluggish. Had some funny and dramatic moments, but overall felt average compared to Cronenberg's many masterpieces. Naked Lunch is about writers/writing, finding an adventure and removing rational thoughts.

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