The Locusts (film)
|Directed by||John Patrick Kelley|
|Written by||John Patrick Kelley|
|Starring||Kate Capshaw, Jeremy Davies, Vince Vaughn, Ashley Judd, Paul Rudd|
|Music by||Carter Burwell|
|Cinematography||Phedon Papamichael Jr.|
|Edited by||Erica Flaum, Kathryn Himoff|
The Locusts is a 1997 film starring Kate Capshaw, Jeremy Davies, Vince Vaughn, Paul Rudd, and Ashley Judd. It was written and directed by John Patrick Kelley. The score was composed by Carter Burwell.
Clay Hewitt (Vince Vaughn) is a drifter who wanders into a small Kansas town and quickly becomes popular. Soon after arriving he punches out the local town drunk, falls in love with local beauty Kitty (Ashley Judd), and is hired on the local feed ranch, owned by the alcoholic widow Delilah (Kate Capshaw). Delilah is notorious for her attraction to younger men, and allows Clay to stay in her estate's carriage house. Her son Flyboy (Jeremy Davies) has recently returned from a mental hospital and hasn't said a word to anyone other than his pet bull. Clay slowly breaks Flyboy out of his shell, which unleashes a complex turn of events.
- 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
- Daniel Meyer as Joel Carter
- Jessica Capshaw as Patsy
- Jess Robertson as Ellen
- Jimmy Pickens as Cameron
- Jerry Haynes as Harlen, The Bartender
- Jason Davis as Wrangler
Bull castration controversy
A test screening experienced several audience members leaving the theater with their hands over their mouths after seeing a scene with a full graphic bull castration. MGM's marketing chief responded in the Los Angeles Times that the audience members must have reacted only "to what they expect to see" with MGM president of worldwide distribution Larry Gleeson adding "You can do anything to a human being [in a movie], but just don't hurt an animal."