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The Locusts is a 1997 American drama film written and directed by John Patrick Kelley and starring Vince Vaughn, Jeremy Davies, Kate Capshaw, Paul Rudd, and Ashley Judd. The score was composed by Carter Burwell.

The Locusts
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn Patrick Kelley
Produced byAdam Duritz
Cynthia Guidry
Charles B. Wessler
Beth Holden-Garland
Brad Krevoy
Steve Stabler
Bradley Thomas
Written byJohn Patrick Kelley
Music byCarter Burwell
CinematographyPhedon Papamichael Jr.
Edited byErica Flaum, Kathryn Himoff
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
Running time
124 minutes
CountryUnited States



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.



The film currently holds 20% "rotten" rating on film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.[1]

Bull castration controversyEdit

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.[2] 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."[3]


  1. ^ "The Locusts Movie Reviews, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2009-02-12.
  2. ^ Drudge, Matt (22 July 1997). "Preview Audience Can't Stomach New Film". Studio Briefing. Retrieved 2009-02-12.
  3. ^ "It Doesn't Look As Bad As It Seems". Studio Briefing. 29 July 1997. Retrieved 2009-02-12.

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