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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert John Burke ... Dust Devil (as Robert Burke)

Chelsea Field ... Wendy Robinson

Zakes Mokae ... Ben Mukurob
John Matshikiza ... Joe Niemand
Rufus Swart ... Mark Robinson

William Hootkins ... Capt. Beyman
Terry Norton ... Saarke Haarhoff (as Terri Norton)
Russell Copley ... Cpl. Dutoit
Andre Odendaal ... Cpl. Bates
Luke Cornell ... Soldier 1
Philip Henn ... Soldier 2
Robert Stevenson ... Rifle Boy
Peter Hallr ... Marist Monk
Stephen Earnhart ... Camper Driver

Marianne Sägebrecht ... Dr. Leidzinger
Isaac Mavimbella ... Farmhand
Crystal Dobson ... Mrs. Beyman
Mickey Wenk ... Checkpoint Soldier
Stephanus Titus ... Barman
Philip Notununu ... Man in Bar
Andre-Jacques Van der Merwe ... Tourist Husband
Marietjie Vaughn ... Tourist Wife
Ursula Peveling ... Tourist Daughter
Erle Vaughan ... Tourist Son
Jaco Espach ... Truck Driver
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Stanley ... Transforming Dust Devil in Dream Sequence (uncredited)
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Directed by
Richard Stanley 
Writing credits
Richard Stanley (written by)

Produced by
Stephen Earnhart .... associate producer
Daniel Lupi .... associate producer
Nik Powell .... executive producer
JoAnne Sellar .... producer
Paul Trijbits .... executive producer
Bob Weinstein .... co-executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... co-executive producer
Stephen Woolley .... executive producer
Original Music by
Simon Boswell 
Cinematography by
Steven Chivers 
Film Editing by
Paul Carlin 
Jamie Macdermott 
Derek Trigg 
Casting by
Callie Bristow 
Jory Weitz 
Production Design by
Joseph Bennett 
Art Direction by
Michael Carlin 
Graeme Orwin 
Set Decoration by
Eva Strack 
Costume Design by
Michele Clapton 
Ruy Filipe 
Makeup Department
Lisa Boni .... hair stylist
Lisa Boni .... makeup artist
Chris Cunningham .... senior artist (as Chris Halls)
Little John .... special makeup effects supervisor
Production Management
Daniel P. Collins .... unit manager (as Daniel Collins)
Carol Hickson .... production manager: South Africa
Daniel Lupi .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan Breton .... second assistant director
Stephen Earnhart .... second unit director
Immo Horn .... second unit director
Gary Huckabay .... second second assistant director
Gary Huckabay .... third assistant director
Guy Travers .... assistant director
Art Department
Dirk Buchmann .... property master
Immo Horn .... muralist
Graham Humphreys .... storyboard artist
Emilia Roux .... set dresser
Ina Roux .... production buyer
Joel Van Bavel .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Laura Evans .... assistant sound editor
Pauline Griffith .... foley artist
Robin Harris .... sound mixer
Kate Hopkins .... sound editor
Daryl Jordan .... assistant sound editor
Jenny Lee Wright .... foley artist
Dominic Lester .... sound re-recording mixer
James Mather .... sound editor
Jonathan Miller .... sound editor
Robin O'Donoghue .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Rhys Davies .... supervising sound editor
Simon Rice .... boom operator
Aad Wirtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Rick Cresswell .... special effects
Dave Eltham .... special effects technician
Debra Deats .... stunts
Roly Jansen .... stunt coordinator
Neville Strydom .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Greg Copeland .... additional photographer
Liam Daniel .... still photographer
John Gaeta .... camera operator
Liam Longman .... still photographer
Philip Alan Waters .... camera operator
Philip Alan Waters .... second unit director of photography
Peter Wignall .... first assistant camera
Editorial Department
Keith Mason .... first assistant editor
Other crew
David Ball .... financing
Jaco Espach .... location manager
Graham Humphreys .... titles
Mark Kermode .... post-production propaganda: final cut
Sheila Fraser Milne .... production coordinator
Richard Stanley .... post-production financing: final cut
Antoinette van Speyk .... script supervisor
Dan Zeff .... runner
Willi Saunderson Swakopmund Fire Brigade .... acknowledgment

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Rated R for strong violence and sexuality, and for language
France:87 min | Italy:87 min | 108 min (Final Cut) | USA:87 min | 115 min (Workprint Version) | 103 min (director's cut)
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:16+ (Quebec) | France:-12 | Germany:18 | Italy:VM14 | UK:18 (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2006) | USA:R
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Due to the extremely dusty locations in Namibia, 16 motor vehicles ground to a halt during the seven week shoot.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Wendy slams on the brakes of her VW Beetle, she doesn't touch the clutch, but the car stops without stalling.See more »
Joe Niemand:There's a whole lot of power in fingers and knots and knuckles and such. If you want to win a war, you gotta have a whole fistful of knuckles!
Ben Mukurob:You smoke too much, Joe.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Beyond the Grave (2010)See more »
Travel Alone (On the Jericho Road)See more »


What are the differences between the Theatrical Version and the Director's Cut?
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
It Really "Blows" That DUST DEVIL Is Completed, But Not "Finished"..., 4 December 2008
Author: Christopher T. Chase ( from Arlington, VA.

So you know how I feel about movies I've never even heard of. When I saw that DUST DEVIL: THE FINAL CUT had not one or two, but FIVE discs in the set, I was really skeptical. The ONLY reason why I was willing to cut it any slack was because of the director, Richard Stanley. I do remember seeing his sci-fi/horror/action cult favorite, HARDWARE, back in the good old days of VHS, and it kicked MAJOR butt-cheeks back then.

Here's the deal: apparently, DUST DEVIL went through the usual headaches and hardships during filming, Bottom line: a finished 'director's cut' of this movie as of now, does not exist. What Stanley and his co-conspirators had to do is piece together a rough version, using additional scenes pulled out of a work print. It's very similar to what had to be done when a "completed" cut of THE WICKER MAN was reconstructed.

The result is an erratic, but visually stunning piece of work, but it goes pretty deep into the metaphysical and supernatural aspects of native folklore in the country where it's set...Africa, particularly South Africa. Translation: people in this movie spend a lot of time talking, including the narrator. Sure, lots of stuff happens, but there's also a lot of time in between those events, so if you don't feel like putting up with a lot of dialogue, you might want to save this film for another time.

Robert John Burke (the ROBOCOP series, OZ and RESCUE ME) plays the title character, who is also called "The Shapeshifter." If he seems very familiar to you, he should be. He's a figure that runs through a lot of the mythologies of different cultures and has been used to represent both Good and/or Evil in many popular books and movies.

But make no mistake about it - this 'Dust Devil' ain't here to help anybody but himself. He's a demon trapped in our world in human form, feeding off the souls of the lost and the lonely who have given up on everything but life itself, gathering strength until...well, as far as I could tell, it was never all that clear WHAT he was trying to do - return to his shadow world, or eventually take over ours. Anyway, Burke plays the role really well, and he's believable as a charismatic force of evil who can convince his victims to stick out their necks while he pulls out his shiny axe...or knife, in this case.

As it happens, there are two souls on a collision course with Mr. DD: a police detective, Ben Mukurob (THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW'S Zakes Mokae) whose wife left him after the tragic death of their child, and a woman named Wendy Robinson, (Chelsea Field of PRISON and THE LAST BOY SCOUT), who has just left her clingy husband, Mark, (Rufus Swart), after he finds out she's been having an affair.

With his job the only thing he has left to look forward to, Ben dives into the investigation of the murder of the Dust Devil's latest victim with a vengeance. Adding an extra layer of substance to the story are indicators that the story takes place not long after the fall of apartheid, but the residual effects can still be seen in Ben's grudging relationship with the uniformed officers he supervises, and the friendship he has with his immediate superior, Captain Beyman (William Hootkins, everybody's favorite "red shirt" from HARDWARE and a little flick called STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE).

When symbols at the crime scene indicate that the murder has undertones of ritualistic sacrifice and black magic, Mukurob consults a shaman he knows named Joe Niemand (John Matshikiza), who warns him that forces are at work that he shouldn't be screwing with...unless he's ready to go all the way.

Meanwhile, Wendy runs into a mysterious, Western-garbed stranger hitching rides. She picks him up, and at first, she's attracted to the handsome and unusual "dude from Texas." Until some freaky stuff happens that indicates he's not quite who she thinks - or is that hopes? - he is.

There comes a point where he reappears to her, when you figure that a) this Wendy chick is one screwed-up piece of work, or b) this guy really does have a power to attract his victims beyond all reason. Because most women I know at this point (and you'll know it when it comes) wouldn't care if this guy was Brad Pitt - they'd be beatin' feet out of there faster than Usain Bolt going for a one-minute mile.

Wendy's husband Mark goes looking for her, and he runs into some trouble that has nothing to do with supernatural events of any kind. But eventually, the paths of all three people will cross at some point and all of them will encounter the Dust Devil...though not all of them will live to tell about it.

I wish I could say that including the shots from the work print does the movie justice, but the transition between clean, sharp cuts and the fuzzy, murky segments from the dailies doesn't allow the movie to weave the completely seductive and creepy spell that Stanley was ultimately after, and it makes you wonder what the finished film would've been like if he'd been able to gain all the resources and money he needed to give it that proper 'polish.' As is, though, it's still pretty heady stuff.

Casual fanboys sniffing out a "Triple-B" movie (Babes, Boobs and Blood) may want to wait for the next Eli Roth extrava-GORE-za, and leave this one on the shelf. I'm just hoping that whatever he does next, Stanley will be given a proper budget and the leeway to see at least one more film through to a completed AND finished version of what he envisions.

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