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Naked Lunch, 1991

Naked Lunch
Directed by: David Cronenberg
Written by: David Cronenberg
Language:  English
Country:  Canada, UK, Japan
Runtime:  115 min
MPAA Rating:  R
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The mood of Naked Lunch is atmospheric, captivating, and mind bending. The plot centers around a losing-it hero, drug abuse, and psychological motives. It is a drama and period movie. Stylistically, Naked Lunch is postmodernist, is nonlinear, and is surreal. In approach, it is serious and realistic. The pacing is slow. Naked Lunch is set in New York. It happens in the 1950s. The musical score is jazz. Naked Lunch is based on a book. The movie is known for being an award winner. Note that it includes strong sexual content, mild violent content, and drugs/alcohol.

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Naked Lunch (1991)
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The dry wit of writer William S. Burroughs transfers surprisingly well to the screen. This partially... more

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Language: English
Country: Canada, UK, Japan
Release date: 24 April 1992
Runtime: 115 min

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Peter Weller Peter Weller As Bill Lee
Judy Davis Judy Davis As Joan Frost / Joan Lee
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Stretching himself with each new work, David Cronenberg has come up with a fascinating, demanding, mordantly funny picture.
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The New York Times
For the most part this is a coolly riveting film and even a darkly entertaining one, at least for audiences with steel nerves, a predisposition toward Mr. Burroughs and a willingness to meet Mr. Cronenberg halfway.
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I liked this movie not because it was an accurate portrayal of the book Naked Lunch but because it was an accurate portrayal of reading a William S. Burroughs novel. The imagery is strong, the plot twists unexpectedly, and the visuals are clear and...
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18.May.2009 |  by: Kai
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Strange, dark, surreal. One of Cronenberg's oddest films. Live in your own reality. Unbelievable.
19.March.2009 |  by: vanagonvw
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not Cronenberg's best
Offbeat and clever like all of Cronenberg's movies this movie is good but definitely not one of his best. Many bizarre moments in this surreal movie which is interesting but is not easy to watch.
21.September.2008 |  by: fletcher.munson
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