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Dance with the Devil (1997)
"Perdita Durango" (original title)

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A psychotic criminal couple kidnaps a random teenage couple. The woman rapes the male captive, and lets him watch his lover being raped by the man. They then plan to sacrifice the couple.

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Cast

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Harley Cross ...
Duane
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Estelle
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Willie 'Woody' Dumas
Screamin' Jay Hawkins ...
Adolfo
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Catalina
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Shorty Dee
Harry Porter ...
Ford
Carlos Arau ...
Phillips
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Alex Cox ...
Doyle
Miguel Galván ...
Doug
Regina Orozco ...
Lilly
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Storyline

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 Anonymous

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Rated R for strong violence including rape, sexuality, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 October 1997 (Spain)  »

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Dance with the Devil  »

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€4,200,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Shadow of the dolly and cameraman during the scene in the airplane junkyard. See more »

Quotes

[while mounting tied up Duane on a chair and raping him]
Perdita Durango: How many times have you done this, Duane?
Duane: [mumbles] Ha?
Perdita Durango: How many times? Ten? Five? Fuck, once? Shit... so how was it?
Duane: I'll never forget it.
[a flashback is shown of a buxom overweight girl laughing maniacally while mounting Duane on a bed]
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De Sinaloa A California
(Julio César Preciado - SACH)
Performed by Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga - La Sierra Records
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Excellent dark-satire, violent-rom-com rampage
10 November 2004 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Following the success of El Dia De Bestia and Accion mutante, once again the director pursues the nature of dark obsession. The two main leads are dysfunctional amoral sadists who re in some ways rediscovering a part of them that they miss - love.

It's a story of trying to move on but the main characters are very amoral however there's darker circles than them, which pulls them further down the spiral. In essence this movie is an antithesis of a glamour Mafia movie and I believe represents Mafia dealings in a very dark fashion. In some ways I believe there's a nod to David Lynch with the actor playing the Mafia boss.

The film is not a sick puppy nor is it banal. For those that have followed this director they will read between the lines to discover some salient points of US government intervention out of the states and human traffic - in this case embryos used for beauty products. Like 'clean Madrid' in El Dia de Bestia there were fascist movements in the capital at the time. Iglaisia puts this on the screen as a cultural reminder.

Watching this movie at face value will seem very ultra violent and in some places extremely disturbing. Unlike other cult producers like Tarintino Iglasia uses a loot of cult cultural references to make his films extremely dark and funny (like La Communidad). If you're Latin or Spanish I feel there would be a lot more in this movie for you. Recommended viewing - but not for the faint hearted.


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