Deep Crimson (1996)
"Profundo carmesí" (original title)

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The life of a man who preys on unsuspecting women for a living is changed when he finds an accomplice in the woman who loves and controls him.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Regina Orozco ...
Coral Fabre
Nicolás Estrella
Sherlyn ...
Teresa (as Sherlyn González)
Fernando Palavicini ...
Don Dimas (as Fernando Soler P.)
Sra. Ruelas
Alexandra Vicencio ...
Imelda (as Alexandra Vincenzio)
Julieta Egurrola ...
Juanita Norton
Esteban Soberanes ...
Gastón Melo ...
Ticket Seller
Juan de la Loza ...
Car Salesman
Irene Gallardo
Rosa Furman ...
Sara Silberman
Álvaro Carcaño ...
Motel Proprietor
Paco Mauri ...


Set in 1940s northern Mexico, this film re-tells the story of "The Lonely Hearts Killers", a famous couple of murderers who made victims of lonely and wealthy widows in the USA. Coral (Orozco) is a rotund and passionate nurse who knows handsome gigolo Nicolas Estrella (Gimenez Cacho) and falls for him immediately. Nicolas rejects her because she's not rich, but Coral is determined to get him at any cost. She abandons her children and follows the man in spite of his way of living. Together they will scheme to swindle and murder women who look for love and companions writing letters to a sentimental courier. Written by Maximiliano Maza <>

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Hay algo que une más que el amor: el crimen.


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8 October 1997 (USA)  »

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ESP 31,593,053 (Spain)

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This story was first told in The Honeymoon Killers (1969). See more »


Coral Fabre: Never share your sandwich with a fat woman.
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References Deep Red (1975) See more »


By the Sleepy Lagoon
Composed by Eric Coates
Jim Long Music/ASCAP
Courtesy of Desert Island Records
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Too much of a good thing.
7 September 2003 | by (Ann Arbor, Michigan) – See all my reviews

Viewed the film for the first time last night. I was familiar with the Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck 'Lonely Hearts Club' murders for years. I had no idea it was turned into a film adaptation. I thought the film was done extremely well. It's disheartening to see two people who seem so insecure go to these lengths to feel they are loved by someone, seemingly anyone. Nicolas who seems to be in total control at the start of the movie, looses the ball.. and Coral, runs with it. He is a confidence trickster who has finally has met his match in Coral, she is just what he was so in need of, a woman who is willing to do anything it takes to be with him. This giving him a boost in his waning self confidence. Leaving her two young children at a doorstep of an orphanage, because he can't be bothered with them, was all she needed to prove her loyalty to him. They begin to portray themselves as brother and sister, in a scam across the countryside to take advantage of widows/lonely women on their own. This starts to go painfully wrong from the beginning. Coral agrees to not be jealous of Nicolas' affections/pursuits toward the women he is out to scam, after all, it's just part of the act. It seems a harder task for her than she assumed it would be. They manage to stay calm and in control all the way through this. The most bizarre thing about this film,is that it really did happen. As, I mentioned it was loosely based on the aforementioned murders. Although mainly a fictional work, some of the mechanics, were there. The strong need in some for submission from another. The longing for a loyal lover, romance and excitement. This remarkable blend of dark lust and true crime won't disappoint.

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