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Release Date: May 25, 2007
Studio: Lionsgate
Director: William Friedkin
Tracy Letts
Starring: Ashley Judd, Harry Connick, Jr., Lynn Collins, Brían O'Byrne, Michael Shannon
Genre: Psychological Thriller
MPAA Rating: R (for some strong violence, sexuality, nudity, language and drug use)
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bug009.jpg (388 K) A lonely waitress with a tragic past, Agnes rooms in a run-down motel, living in fear of her abusive, recently paroled ex-husband. But when Agnes begins a tentative romance with Peter, an eccentric, nervous drifter, she starts to feel hopeful again - until the first bugs arrive...

Probing the blurry lines between paranoia and nightmarish reality, Liongate's "Bug" is an intense, mind-bending psychological thriller in which nothing is quite as it seems. Directed by Academy Award® winner William Friedkin ("The French Connection," "The Exorcist") and adapted by Tracy Letts from his hit off-Broadway play, "Bug" stars Golden Globe nominee Ashley Judd, Harry Connick, Jr., Lynn Collins, Brían O'Byrne and Michael Shannon.
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* Paranoia is contagious
* First they send in their drone... then they find their queen


The waitress Agnes (Ashley Judd), lives in fear of her violent ex-husband Jerry Goss (Harry Connick, Jr.), who has been let out of jail. Agnes meets Peter (Michael Shannon), and he becomes her protector and lover. Peter begins to talk about the war in Iraq, UFOs, the Oklahoma City bombings, cult suicides, and secret government experiment on soldiers. He is contending with an apparent infestation of parasites and insects. Oddness darkens into madness. Other characters include Agnes' lesbian friend and co-worker, played by Lynn Collins, and Peter's doctor, played by Brían F. O'Byrne. The story deals with domestic violence, conspiracy theories, paranoia and madness that borders on schizophrenia.


• Most of the action takes place in a seedy Oklahoma motel room. The scenario has three interconnected rooms: bathroom, kitchenette and living room. At one point in the movie, the room has several dozen fly strips hanging from the ceiling. At another point the entire room is covered from floor to ceiling in tinfoil.

• Bug was filmed near Mammoth, California and in Metairie, near New Orleans. Some scenes were shot at Migliore’s Grocery and Boomerang’s Bar, in New Sarpy. The film is produced and financed by L.I.F.T. Production, Bug LLC, DMK Medienfonds and Lions Gate Films.

Bug received its world premiere in France at the Directors' Fortnight section at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2006. Film critic Roger Ebert wrote: "The film has caused a stir at Cannes, not least because its stars, Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon, achieve a kind of manic intensity that’s frightening not just in itself but because you fear for the actors." It was released to theaters in France on February 21, 2007. It drew praise from most critics in France, but did not reach the top in the box office. In its opening week in France, it ranked as number 20 of the most visited films of the week, and earned $216,244 from 66 screens.

The film received its U.S. Premiere at Fantastic Fest on September 25, 2006, in Austin, Texas. Bug is scheduled for a wide release in the US and Canada on May 25, 2007. Nine days before its American theatrical release, Bug has a 64% overall approval out of 11 reviews from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. On the Internet Movie Database (, users have given the film an average score of 7.8 (out of 10) with 340 votes tallied thus far.

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Bug with Ashley Judd: get scared
Product Reviews, UK
 - May 27, 2007
Agnes (Ashley Judd) is a lonely waitress who has had a tragic past of being with an abusive ex-husband Goss (Harry Connick Jr.), she moves away into a ...

Ashley Judd's Husband Wins Indy 500
Access Hollywood 
- 5 hours ago
Judd, 39, stars in the new thriller “Bug,” which took in an estimated $3.3 million this weekend at the box office. AP.

Ashley Judd's "Bug", not a very good idea at the end
EiTB, Spain
 - May 25, 2007
"Bug" is a different kind of woman-in-peril movie starring Ashley Judd, which has long been its own specific genre. Judd is indeed in peril here once again, ...

Lynn Collins, Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon in Lionsgate Films ...
2TheAdvocate, LA
 - May 25, 2007
... "Bug" will miss the summer parade of super heroes and Orlando theme park ride films. But solid performances from Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon give it ...

Junket Report: Bug
Cinematical, CA
 - May 27, 2007
Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon star as two small-town Midwestern people whose lives intersect one night at her trailer-park home and the match-up creates a ...

Silliness squashes Judd's 'Bug'
Cincinnati Enquirer, OH
 - May 25, 2007
'Bug" is a different kind of woman-in-peril movie starring Ashley Judd, which has long been its own genre. This time, she gets to prove she can act with ...

Ashley Judd, Brian F. O'Byrne, Harry Connick Jr., Lynn Collins ...
Houston Chronicle, TX 
- May 24, 2007
Among the possessed is Aggie (Ashley Judd), a sad case of a waitress living in a run-down motel in Someplace, Oklahoma. (Without motels, would there be ...

Ashley Judd spreads her dramatic wings in creepy ’Bug’
Boston Herald, MA 
- May 22, 2007
"Bug," a claustrophobic study of two people going mad in a motel room, easily ranks as the riskiest, most demanding role Ashley Judd has performed. ...

Ashley Judd Discusses "Bug"
About - News & Issues, NY 
- May 22, 2007
While doing the press rounds for Joey Lauren Adams' independent film, Come Early Morning, Ashley Judd answered a few questions on her movie Bug, co-starring ...

In 'Bug,' Ashley Judd mines the enemies within, CA
 - May 20, 2007
In William Friedkin's "Bug," an emotionally punishing and psychologically disorienting study in paranoia, co-dependency and delusion, Judd plays Agnes White ...

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