The Locusts (1997)




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The owner of a Kansas cattle feedlot, the iron-willed, booze-swilling, sexually insatiable widow Delilah Ashford Potts, is the undisputed mistress of her own universe until mysterious stranger Clay Hewitt comes to town. The debut film for director John Patrick Kelley is a highly-charged, tragic melodrama.
R (adult situations/language, sex, violence)
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Kate Capshaw
as Delilah Ashford Potts
Jeremy Davies
as Joseph 'Flyboy' Potts
Vince Vaughn
as Clay Hewitt
Ashley Judd
as Kitty
Paul Rudd
as Earl
Jerry Haynes
as Harlan
Jason Davis
as Wrangler
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Critic Reviews for The Locusts

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's hot, it's sultry and everybody's smokin' in the rural Kansas of The Locusts. Too bad the movie never catches fire.

December 31, 1999
USA Today
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Audience Reviews for The Locusts

This movie feels personal. As it's the only film written and directed by John Patrick Kelley, it probably is. The slow development of the plot and simultaneously tragic/glamorous feel of the story isn't for everyone, but fans of films like Suddenly Last Summer and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf will find a lot to love with this film.

Krystal Clear
Krystal Clear

This is a low key Southern Gothic flick that I only vaguely recalled liking from the VHS days, so I was pleased to revisit it on a cheaply purchased DVD recently, and I can say that the film holds up well. An interesting character study/battle of wills between Vince Vaughn and Kate Capshaw, with him fighting against her iron will for her son in a small town where she's used to ruling with an iron fist, this film is well worth tracking down. Give it a look.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

This was agood movie. A lot of big name people from today. A little slow starting out but the ending was good.

Bill Regan
Bill Regan

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