Directed by David Cronenberg
Written by William S. Burroughs
Starring Peter Weller.
Production Budget: 17 million
Total Lifetime Grosses
Release Date: December 27, 1991
Already a fan of William Burroughs I was pleased to see his name on the opening credits. I was unaware of his involvement in the picture until then, really only going to it due to my knowledge of the basic plot and the fact that it was directed by David Cronenberg, who I think is an amazing artist.
After fifteen minutes of watching the film I realized that this movie is a reflection of Burroughs own life. The main character, obviously sculpted after Burroughs himself was played by the extremely talented Peter Weller, in what I feel was his best performance yet.
He adopted Williams’s mannerisms and speech patterns while still keeping his own powerful identity. The reflections of Burroughs own life were obvious. The drugs, the typewriter and the gun.
The story seems to be a reflection of Burroughs own life filtered through his drug fueled hallucinations. This confused many viewers as they found the experience unpleasant. Personally this was a pleasure for me, with my previous knowledge of Burroughs.
I was enlightened to more personal feelings that Burroughs had, like his relationship with his wife and ultimately her death during a game of ‘William Tell’.
His fears of his own homosexuality, his solidarity. A true masterpiece that deserves its cult following.