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Rough girl Perdita and her demonic lover Romeo Dolorosa need humans to sacrifice following Romeo's religion before he can go on a mission ordered by mob boss Santos. They kidnap teen sweethearts Duane and Estelle and travel with them to Las-Vegas. Written by
When Bigas Luna was due to direct the film, Madonna, Javier Bardem and Dennis Hopper were his first choices to play Perdita, Romeo and Woody Dumas. Madonna deserted the project and Victoria Abril was supposed to replace her as Perdita, alongside Johnny Depp as Romeo and Ray Liotta as Dumas. Then Bigas Luna abandoned the production and Álex De la Iglesia was set to direct with the definitive cast: Rosie Pérez, Javier Bardem and James Gandolfini. See more »
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[Perdita to Estelle, while Estelle holds a gun to her, threatening to shoot]
If you really wanna do something, you just do it. But you don't think about it. That's the difference between you and me.
[Estelle gives Perdita the gun. Perdita then knocks Estelle to the ground and makes her kiss her foot]
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Vicious, wild ride of a film...even in its incomplete version
A-Pix Entertainment has given the U.S. the closest thing available to the complete version of PERDITA DURANGO, but viewers beware, the "Unrated Director's Cut" A-Pix boasts of the film (retitled for video as DANCE WITH THE DEVIL)is still cut!
This version is a variant of the original Spanish edition but in English and Spanish. A-Pix still made 14 cuts for this "unrated" edition, basically removing any glimpses of Rosie Perez' breasts and backside, and removing any clips of TV shows and parts of the film Vera Cruz used within. No word if Ms. Perez didn't want folks to see her nude, but I'm sure A-Pix didn't want to deal with the legal rights for the use of clips from The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Urotsukidoji II (from Manga), and clips from Vera Cruz (though some are still seen). One quick edit removes an implied scene of pedophilia. However, the longest cut of 40 seconds is near the end, of Romeo envisioning himself in a scene from Vera Cruz. . Steer clear of the R-rated edition for sure, as it has an additional 10 minutes of sex and violence omitted! For complete details of these cuts, refer to issue #60 of Video Watchdog magazine for an informative article on the video releases of DANCE WITH THE DEVIL.
Despite the unfortunate cuts in the director's version, PERDITA DURANGO is still a fun, very vicious wild ride! There are many, many uncomfortable scenes that are extremely brutal sexually as well as violently. The frenetic and over the top weirdness never lets up and it's obvious the creators of this gem offer no apologies for offending and messing with your senses. It's no wonder this has gained a cult following.
Perdita is a very dangerous free spirit, and that trouble gets more serious when she meets witch doctor Romeo (Javier Bardem, who DOES get to show his backside several times). Together they kidnap a young couple to use in a sacrificial ceremony. Things definitely go awry, and the kids are taken along for the ride as Romeo is on his way to get a truck full of foetuses for illegal use for cosmetics and deliver them to Las Vegas. All the while a DEA agent played by James Gandolfini is on their trail despite constantly getting physically hurt!
The story becomes quite complex, and in the 121 minutes of this version it never lets up -- there's either violence, sex, and plenty of cursing that all keeps the journey a constant, unpleasant experience, but in a GOOD unpleasant way! Be on the lookout for film director Alex Cox (REPO MAN) as agent Doyle, and Aimee Graham (sis of Heather) as one of the kidnap victims.
Screamin' Jay Hawkins plays a voodoo man, and Don Stroud is particularly menacing with just a glance of the eyes. Rosie Perez plays it cool, but in a wink can turn psycho, just as Javier Bardem seems to be relishing his role with a lot of energy.
I do recommend hunting down this "unrated director's cut" as at this time is the closest thing to the complete version we'll have here in the U.S. Maybe some day due to the cult reputation of PERDITA DURANGO, we'll get the definitive version with it's original title instead of DANCE WITH THE DEVIL.
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