Naked Lunch is a 1991 surrealist science fiction drama film written and directed by David Cronenberg and starring Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm, and Roy Scheider. It is an adaptation of William S. Burroughs' 1959 novel of the same name, and an international co-production of Canada, Britain, and Japan.
In 1953, Exterminator William Lee finds that his wife Joan is stealing his supply of insecticide to use as a recreational drug. Lee is arrested by the police, and he begins hallucinating due to being exposed to the insecticide. Lee comes to believe that he is a secret agent, and his boss, a giant talking beetle, assigns him the mission of killing Joan, who is allegedly an agent of an organization called Interzone Incorporated. Lee dismisses the beetle's instructions and kills it. Lee returns home to find Joan having sex with Hank, one of his writer friends. Shortly afterwards, he accidentally kills her while attempting to shoot a drinking glass off her head to emulate William Tell.
|award||Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Award for Best Motion Picture|
|contentLocation||New York City|
|genre||drama science fiction|
|keywords||addict arrest beetle border guard border patrol dead wife doppelgänger double agent drink exterminator giant brazilian centipedes insecticide interzone kill new life north africa pest control recreational drug use scolopendra gigantea secret agent shapeshifting steal talk use as a recreational drug william tell write|
|producer||Gabriella Martinelli Jeremy Thomas|
|productionCompany||Recorded Picture Company|
|theme||avant-garde and experimental japanese lgbt-related science fiction drama surreal|