Naked Lunch (1991)

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After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally kills his wife, and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in a port town in North Africa.




  • Peter Weller in Naked Lunch (1991)
  • Peter Weller in Naked Lunch (1991)
  • Robert A. Silverman in Naked Lunch (1991)
  • David Cronenberg and Peter Weller in Naked Lunch (1991)
  • Naked Lunch (1991)
  • David Cronenberg in Naked Lunch (1991)

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20 November 2003 | hohumdedum2
| Twisted Film concerning twisted minds
Naked Lunch seems to be just totally incomprehensible upon first viewing. However, after watching it again, you start to understand more and more. Upon multiple viewings, you really get a feel for what's transpiring before your eyes. The ultimate message is that it is really just a metaphor for heroin addiction, even though it's so much more deeper than that. It's an intricate study of a man, William S. Burroughs, who was a heroin addict, and among other things one of the most significant Beat authors ever. The film delves deeply into the psyche of Burroughs and takes you on a trip in his mind and your own. There are touches of reality and many flashes of paranoia, and it is all done with style and grace. Seriously one of the best films about an author, Naked Lunch will certainly stand the test of time against other films which may seem at first entertaining, but lose their luster upon multiple viewings. Whereas, Naked Lunch, in my opinion, never will. 10 out of 10.

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Release Date:

24 April 1992


English, Arabic

Country of Origin

Canada, UK, Japan

Filming Locations

Ontario, Canada

Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$64,491 29 December 1991

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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