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Lust in the Dust (1985)

A group of unscrupulous characters seek buried treasure in the old west.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Abel Wood
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Marguerita Ventura
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Hard Case Williams
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Bernardo
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Father Garcia
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Ninfa, Whore at Marguerita's
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Big Ed
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Red Dick Barker
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Blackman, Hard Case Gang
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Mexican, Hard Case Gang
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Clarence, Hard Case Gang
Ernie Shinagawa ...
Chang, Hard Case Gang
Pit Ginsburg ...
Toothless Drunk
Al Cantu ...
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Storyline

Dancehall "girl" Rosie Velez, lost in the desert, is helped to safety by gunman Abel Wood. In the town of Chili Verde, at the saloon of Marguerita Ventura, a word of a treasure in gold brings Abel into conflict with outlaw Hard Case Williams and his gang. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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He Rode The West... The Girls Rode The Rest! Together They Ravaged The Land!

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Comedy | Western

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Release Date:

1 March 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Louca Corrida do Ouro  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$101,146 (USA) (10 February 1985)

Gross:

$727,639 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie's MacGuffin was unlocated buried treasure chest full of gold. See more »

Quotes

Marguerita Ventura: Freeze, hombre. Or I'll be wearing your asshole for a garter.
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Connections

Featured in Tab Hunter Confidential (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

South Of My Border
Music & Lyrics by Karen Hart
Arranged & Conducted by Peter Matz
Performed by Lainie Kazan
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A Trash Masterpiece
24 March 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

They sure don't make them like this anymore - A comedic musical western about two buxom women, each with part of a treasure map tattooed on their butt. As a cultural oddity of the 1980s, Lust In The Dust stands alone as a truly bizarre collision of the mainstream and the underground.

Lust In The Dust owes much to the then emerging popularity of John Waters and his Dreamland players. I don't think it is a coincidence that the film reunites two of the stars of Polyester - transsexual goddess, Divine and weathered heart-throb, Tab Hunter. However, while Polyester merely tested the waters of the mainstream, Lust In The Dust jumps right in with a cast of recognisable actors and a comparatively inoffensive plot line. The result is sometimes awkward and occasionally frustrating, but also frequently hilarious and utterly compelling.

Paul Bartel could not have chosen better leads. Divine was really at the height of his powers as Rosie. Rosie is a luscious siren, who positively steams up the screen. Divine was a master at physical comedy and Rosie's facial expressions are priceless. Lainie Kazan more than meets the challenge as Rosie's rival, Marguerita. Lainie, now better known for mush like My Big Fat Greek Wedding, shows why she is one of the best cult actresses in the business. Marguerita is a wonderful creation and her rendition of "South of the Border" (... "but north of my garter") is truly a showstopper. Lust In The Dust also provided Tab Hunter with a memorable role as Able Wood. Tab is smart enough to underplay his part in the presence of these two larger than life ladies and is all the more effective because of it.

Lust In The Dust is a wonderfully offbeat example of the imaginative work being produced by cult directors in the early 1980s and holds up as a great testament to Divine's inimitable talent.


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