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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.
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    MGM Home Entertainment


Kate Capshaw
as Delilah Ashford Potts
Jeremy Davies
as Joseph 'Flyboy' Potts
Vince Vaughn
as Clay Hewitt
Jason Davis
as Wrangler
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Critic Reviews for The Locusts

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

It's hot, it's sultry and everybody's smokin' in the rural Kansas of The Locusts. Too bad the movie never catches fire.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Vaughn sports a succession of tight white T-shirts and tank tops of varying dirtiness, and the cast lights up enough cigarettes to have the audience die of second-hand smoke.

Full Review… | January 5, 2009

A pointless drama set on cattle feedlot

June 15, 2007

A waste of film, and a waste of time.

September 18, 2002

John Patrick Kelley, both the author and director of The Locusts, indulges himself constantly.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Film Journal International

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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