Naked Lunch


1992 | 115 minutes | Rated R

Between 1998 and 1999, the Canadian director David Cronenberg released his best films—the best being Dead Ringers (1988), and the next best being Naked Lunch (1991). The former was based on a novel of the same name by the father of the beat movement, William Burroughs. The novel is nowhere near as good as the movie, which includes music by a saxophonist, Ornette Coleman, who is to modern jazz what Burroughs is to the mid-century American novel. The alien Mugwump and Peter Weller’s performance of an insect exterminator manage to out Burroughs Burroughs.


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Film Credits
David Cronenberg
Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm, Julian Sands, Roy Scheider, Monique Mercure, Nicholas Campbell, Robert Silverman, Joseph Scorsiani