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Deep Crimson (1996)

Profundo carmesí (original title)
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

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

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


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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 »

Quotes

Nicolás Estrella: I don't need your pity. I need my hairpiece!
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By the Sleepy Lagoon
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A stylish film, with a camera that roams elegantly around the cluttered interior of 1940s Mexico and occasionally out to the empty spaces of the plains…

The best Mexican cinema has its roots firmly planted in popular genres… "Deep Crimson" is a crime film, based on the real exploits of the so-called Lonely Hearts Club killers in the post-war United States…

Nicolás and Colar are a grotesque version of Bonnie and Clyde, who rob not banks but vulnerable rich women…Nicolás is a middle-aged man of abundant charm with an unconvincing wig, who appeals to the snobbery of elderly widows by his ability to pose as a Spaniard, affecting the accent and mannerisms of the expatriate… Coral is an overweight single mother who drives her children and takes off with Nicolás, pushing him from robbery to murder…

Though money is the apparent motive, Coral is addicted to romance, as we see in the first shot of her bedroom, stuffed with cheap but gaudy clothes, Mills & Boon-type novels, and photographs of film stars… The killings the pairs commit are dictated by Coral's passion for Nicolás… He seduces women in order to steal them, and this incurs Coral's murderous jealousy…

Arturo Ripstein's film is essentially a study of thwarted passion turning repugnant… Coral is vicious, even to the extent of killing a young girl who has witnessed her mother's murder… Yet her gesture of offering her own hair to make Nicolás a new wig is at once tender and ridiculous…


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