Paranoia is contagious
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Release Date
May 25, 2007
1 hour, 40 minutes
$4 million

Bug is an American horror film released to theatres on May 25, 2007. It is directed by William Friedkin (director of The Exorcist), written by Tracy Letts, and is distributed by Lions Gate. The film is starring Michael Shannon, Ashley Judd and Harry Connick, Jr..

Plot SynopsisEdit

Spoiler warning: The following contains plot details about
the entire movie.

Peter, a loner, meets Agnes. She has earlier been married to Jerry Goss, a violent knuckle-head. He seeks her out after he's being released from jail.

The gentle Peter becomes Agnes' protector. They hole up in a motel room together, in a claustrophobic atmosphere. Peter talks about UFO's, the Oklahoma bombings, conspiracy theories, and it starts to show that he's obsessed with the fear of bugs, skin crawling bugs, flying bugs, any bugs, and he slowly drags Agnes into his psychotic world, filled with paranoia. . .

Spoilers end here.

Facts and triviaEdit

  • Bug won the International Film Critics award at the Directors' Forthnight section at the Cannes Film Festival in France.
  • Harry Connick, Jr. was cast after William Friedkin had sat next to Connick's wife at a celebrity party. Connick jokingly asked Friedkin to "stop hitting on my wife" in a most evil looking and serious manner. This freaked Friedkin out enough to tell Connick right there, he might have a part for him in his upcoming movie. Connick did not expect a call, but a couple of weeks after this meeting, Friedkin called him up to offer him the part.[1]
  • Michael Shannon has played the same role on stage. Friedkin was determined to keep Shannon in the movie.[2]

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