Naked Lunch is a 1991 science fiction drama film co-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.
William Lee is an exterminator who 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 as a result of exposure 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 in imitation of William Tell.
|contentLocation||New York City|
|genre||drama science fiction|
|keywords||arrest border guard border patrol dead wife doppelgänger double agent drink giant brazilian centipedes insecticide kill new life north africa recreational drug use scolopendra gigantea secret agent steal talk use as a recreational drug william tell write|
|producer||Gabriella Martinelli Jeremy Thomas|
|productionCompany||Recorded Picture Company|
|publisher||20th Century Fox|
|theme||avant-garde and experimental lgbt-related lgbt-related science fiction science fiction drama|