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Director:
Writer:
Richard Stanley (written by)
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Release Date:
8 August 1992 (Japan) See more »
Tagline:
He's not a serial killer. He's much worse. See more »
Plot:
A woman on the run from her abusive husband encounters a mysterious hitch-hiker. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Poetic Brutality. See more (51 total) »

Cast

  (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. Cornelius Beyman
Terry Norton ... Saartjie Haarhoff (as Terri Norton)
Russell Copley ... Cpl. Dutoit
Andre Odendaal ... Cpl. Botes
Luke Cornell ... Soldier 1
Philip Henn ... Soldier 2 (as Phillip Henn)
Peter Hallr ... Marist Monk
Robert Stevenson ... Rifle Boy
Stephen Earnhart ... Camper Driver

Marianne Sägebrecht ... Dr. Leidzinger
Isaac Mavimbela ... Farmhand (as Isaac Mavimbella)
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)

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
 
Stunts
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
 
Thanks
Willi Saunderson Swakopmund Fire Brigade .... acknowledgment
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence and sexuality, and for language
Runtime:
France:87 min | Italy:87 min | 108 min (Final Cut) | USA:87 min | 115 min (Workprint Version) | 103 min (director's cut)
Country:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
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?

Trivia:
Originally Stanley had Kerry Fox in mind for the character of Wendy. The film's financiers weren't satisfied with her and the same went for Stanley's second suggestion, Stacey Travis, who starred in Stanley's previous feature, Hardware (1990). The decision to cast Chelsea Field was a last-minute compromise.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Joe Niemand:The Dust Devil must keep moving to survive, blown by the desert wind, on and on, throughout eternity, without rest or pity.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Mirror (1975)See more »
Soundtrack:
You Can Call (But I Won't Answer)See more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the Theatrical Version and the Director's Cut?
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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Poetic Brutality., 2 October 2009
Author: The-Spike from United Kingdom

After rowing with her husband and deciding enough is enough, Wendy Robinson takes off into the African sun. Picking up a hitch-hiker, she finds herself strangely drawn to him, unaware that he is a travelling serial killer. When police detective Ben Mukurob arrives on the scene it becomes apparent that her companion is something far worse than a killer, he is a shape shifting demon who steals the souls of his victims.....

Richard Stanley's Dust Devil has a well documented troubled history. Briefly, Stanley's original cut of 120 minutes was trimmed to 110 and US distributor Miramax held the rights to re-edit an American release if they so wished. Stanley still hoped his longer cut would thrive in Europe, however Palace Pictures in Britain had a 95 minute cut of the film that was test screened once before Palace Pictures went bankrupt afterwards. Thus this meant the post-production of a "European" version was shut down and Stanley lost control of the film. With Miramax chopping away in the states it now meant that Dust Devil was floating around in cuts that ranged from 110 minutes to a staggering 68 minutes. In 1993 Stanley managed to buy back the print from Miramax, and the cut material, and using his own money, set about restoring the film to something like his original vision. The result is that now a widely available DVD box set has two cuts of the film to view, The Final Cut and the {rough} Work Print.

With so many versions of the film around over the years, it's hard to gauge what a true weighted rating Dust Devil has. I feel sure that if judged solely on it's Final Cut version the film would be highly regarded and rated far better than its internet ratings suggests. That's not to say it's a perfect film, for it's not, some problems exist, and the flow of the film, even by Richard Stanley's own admission, is far from fluent these days. However, Dust Devil is one hell of a fine movie, technically stunning with a horror story of deep cranial worth. Starring Robert Burke {Devil}, Chelsea Field {Wendy} and Zakes Mokae {Ben}, Dust Devil has three interwoven character plots dovetailing together towards an apocalyptic finale. Along the way we are treated to much dialogue cloaked in haunting mysticism, with dashes of grim horror that assault the senses. The film is one that begs revisits to truly appreciate the complexity of it, never mind that the visuals alone are worth seeing time and time again. It will remain a divisive film, of that I don't think there is any doubt. But I would urge any genre fan who hasn't seen it to give it a go. You may not be as impressed with it as myself and its fans are, but one feels you are unlikely to forget having ever seen Dust Devil. Mesmerising, haunting and even lyrical, it's hoped that the film in its final form will find a more appreciative audience. 9/10

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