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Naked Lunch

6.91 h 50 min1991X-Ray18
In a drug haze, a bug exterminator using his insecticide to get high believes himself to be a government agent and flees to a secret organization after accidently killing his wife. Based on the cult novel by William S. Burroughs.
David Cronenberg
Peter WellerJudy DavisIan Holm
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Julian SandsRoy ScheiderMonique MercureNicholas CampbellMichael ZelnikerRobert A. SilvermanJoseph ScorsianiPeter BoretskiYuval David
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4.4 out of 5 stars

245 global ratings

  1. 66% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 20% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 8% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 3% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 4% of reviews have 1 stars
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enthymemeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 May 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Disturbing, memorable and brilliant
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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.
13 people found this helpful
I. ZorzinReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 July 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
A movie that will make you think.
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Well .. it's one of those movies that will make you go "what is that I just saw ?" .. one of those you will have to re-watch again to get more clues and understandings of what you are seeing. If you don't like insects don't watch this movie, if you like this movie then keep an eye on ExistenZ too.
5 people found this helpful
Rachel daviesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 April 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great film, in good condition
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They first sent me A DVD that was slightly scratched and I message them about the disruption and sent me a new one free of charge and in great working order. Highly recommend the film.
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c l pReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 September 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Once again regain B is short-changed.
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Incredible textures and details, rich browns and greens and ochres (there is hardly any blue in this film), but let down by being a vanilla release bereft of any of the DVD's extras; thus, no commentary, making of, or interviews. Once again regain B is short-changed.
4 people found this helpful
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 November 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Another classic film
peterReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 September 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
good delivery time, decent quality, no problems
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no issues or complaints.. all well .. good delivery time, decent quality, no problems
inthetownwhereiwasbornReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 December 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing quality and works fine on UK Blu-ray players
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Amazing quality and works fine on UK Blu-ray players. German edition (menu's in german) but film in original English language and subtitles can be turned off. Cheaper that UK edition, cool slim case.
5 people found this helpful
MmmmReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 October 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Insane but amazing to watch. A complete bumbling mess of a film that still manages to grab you by the throat and demand you watch it as you sit repulsed by its in camera trickery!
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