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Dance with the Devil (1997) More at IMDbPro »Perdita Durango (original title)

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Writers (WGA):
Barry Gifford (novel)
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Release Date:
31 October 1997 (Spain) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rosie Perez ... Perdita Durango

Javier Bardem ... Romeo Dolorosa
Harley Cross ... Duane

Aimee Graham ... Estelle

James Gandolfini ... Willie 'Woody' Dumas
Screamin' Jay Hawkins ... Adolfo

Demian Bichir ... Catalina

Carlos Bardem ... Reggie San Pedro

Santiago Segura ... Shorty Dee
Harry Porter ... Ford
Carlos Arau ... Phillips

Don Stroud ... Santos
Alex Cox ... Doyle
Miguel Galván ... Doug
Regina Orozco ... Lilly
Roger Cudney ... Herbert
Erika Carlsson ... Glory Ann (as Erika Carlson)
William G. Stamper ... Charly Park
Gabriel Berthier ... Technician
César Rodríguez ... Dedo Peralta

David Villalpando ... Skinny
Forrie J. Smith ... Armendariz (as Forrie Smith)
Paco Pharrez ... Nicky Bigfoot
Will 'Nahkohe' Strickland ... Provinio Momo 'The Fist'
Josefina Echánove ... Romeo's Grandmother
Miguel Iglesias ... Danny Mestiza
Dewey Kellogg ... Montana

Marco Bacuzzi ... Tony
Abel Woolrich ... Old Man in Cementery
James Gooden ... Manny Flynn
Emily Blanton ... Airport Waitress
Maya Zapata ... Mexican Girl #1
Vadira Zapata ... Mexican Girl #2
Andaluz Russell ... Juana
Salvador Gómez ... Mexican Border Guard
Kenny Jacobs ... Driver
Pam Risner ... Woman
Cheli Godínez ... Vicky

Katie Barberi ... Stewardess
Norman Stone ... Old Man 'Toquez'
Gerardo Zepeda ... La Florida Barman (as Gerardo Zepeda 'Chiquilin')
Lazaro Paterson ... Babalawo Priest
Jessie Faller ... Bank Teller
Adelina Sinohui ... Beautiful Woman
Roberto Lopez ... Susie Street Man
Paul Dapra ... Policeman #1

Craig Vincent ... Policeman #2
Steve Kennedy ... Paramedic
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Benjamin Joel Caron ... Concerned Citizen (uncredited)
Marco López ... Extra in Las Vegas (uncredited)
Jay So ... SWAT (uncredited)

Directed by
Álex de la Iglesia 
Writing credits
Barry Gifford (novel "59 Degrees and Raining: The Story of Perdita Durango")

Barry Gifford (screenplay) and
David Trueba (screenplay) and
Álex de la Iglesia (screenplay) &
Jorge Guerricaechevarría (screenplay) (as Jorge Guerricaechevarria)

Produced by
Pablo Barbachano .... executive producer
Fernando Bovaira .... executive producer
Blanca Escobosa .... assistant producer
Andrés Vicente Gómez .... producer
Marco Gómez .... associate producer
Miguel Necoechea .... executive producer
Max Rosenberg .... executive producer
Original Music by
Simon Boswell 
Cinematography by
Flavio Martínez Labiano 
Film Editing by
Teresa Font 
Casting by
Nicole Arbusto 
Joy Dickson 
Production Design by
José Luis Arrizabalaga 
Biaffra  (as Arturo García Biafra) (as Biafra)
Art Direction by
Andrew Bernard 
Salvador Parra 
Ana Solares 
Set Decoration by
Helen Britten 
Claudio Contreras 
Costume Design by
María Estela Fernández 
Glenn Ralston 
Makeup Department
Mercedes Guillot .... makeup artist
José Quetglás .... makeup artist
Production Management
José Luis Escolar .... production manager
Anne McCaffrey .... unit production manager
Sandra Solares .... unit production manager
Martín Torres .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Brooks .... third assistant director
José Luis Escolar .... assistant director
Adrian Grunberg .... second second assistant director
Charlie Lázaro .... second second assistant director
Tod Swindell .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department
Christine Alexander .... lead woman
Star Fields .... construction coordinator
Greg Finnin .... assistant property master
Bill Garber .... greensman
Joel S. Griffith .... lead scenic artist
Larry D. Koszakovszky .... set dresser
Brenton L. Lane .... property master: USA
René Marquéz .... assistant property master
Zaida Monteforte .... art department coordinator
John M. Oswald .... construction
John M. Oswald .... prop builder
John M. Oswald .... set dresser
Ozcar Ramírez González .... on-set dresser (as Ozcar Ramírez)
Tomas Rodriguez Tovar .... set dresser
Carlos Salom .... art assistant
Mirko von Berner .... computer animation
Lynny Warner .... set dresser
Jorge Siller .... prop fabrication man (uncredited)
Sound Department
Salvador de la Fuente .... location sound mixer
Jaime Fernández .... sound re-recording mixer
Ray Gillon .... sound designer
Ray Gillon .... sound re-recording mixer
Juan Carlos Prieto .... location sound mixer
James A. Puig .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (as Jaume Puig)
Leon Sandoval .... boom operator
Oliver Tarney .... sound designer
Santiago Thévenet .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Jackson Burns .... special effects supervisor
Jackson Burns .... special effects (as Jackson Earl Burns)
Danny Lester .... special effects supervisor (as Dan Lester)
John M. Oswald .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Gabe Ibáñez .... animator
Bernardo Jasso .... motion control operator
David Ramos .... visual effects artist
Tim Sassoon .... visual effects
Jim Wheelock .... visual effects supervisor
Mark Brooks .... stunt driver
Julian Bucio .... stunt coordinator
Jackson Burns .... stunt double: James Gandolfini
Oscar Carles .... stunts
Charlie Carpenter .... utility stunts
David Sanders .... stunt coordinator
Rafael Valdez .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Dean Anthony .... electrician
Steven Aquilino .... second assistant camera (as Steve Aquilino)
Gloria Avila .... camera trainee
Carlos Cabeceran .... Steadicam operator
Drew Carolan .... still photographer
Kenny S. Christiansen .... best boy grip
Mansur Johnson .... grip
Gary A. Kilgore .... rigging grip
Gary W. Shaw .... key grip
Oscar H. Stevens II .... video assist playback
John Trapman .... camera operator: Wescam camera
Steven J. Winslow .... assistant camera: Wescam camera
Steven J. Winslow .... camera technician
Jon Yirak .... first assistant: "b" camera
Casting Department
Rudy Joffroy .... extras casting: Tijuana
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adela Cortázar .... costume assistant
Gabriela Fernandez .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
José María Bello .... post-production coordinator
Irene Blecua .... second assistant editor
Ígor Iglesias .... third assistant editor
Alejandro Lázaro .... assistant editor
Music Department
Terry Davies .... conductor
Terry Davies .... orchestrator
Geoff Foster .... score recordist
Chucho Merchán .... musician: percussion soloist
Julius Wechter .... composer: song "Spanish Flea"
Transportation Department
Robert Brubaker .... transportation captain
J.D. Hicks .... driver: prerig
Jason LaFountain .... driver
Carlos Ponce de León .... transportation captain
David Carlton White .... transportation co-captain
Alfonso Paredes .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Laura Alemán .... location manager
Beatriz Anda .... script supervisor
Alejandro Arriaga .... production staff (as Alejandro Lopez)
Marc Bedia .... production coordinator
Amaya Díez .... assistant: Álex de la Iglesia (as Amaya Diez 'Fany')
Ray Gillon .... adr director
Adam Gomez .... production assistant
Liz Graham .... script supervisor
Rhonda Hyde .... script supervisor
Maggie Mancuso .... location manager
Jon Proudstar .... stand in/photo double
Ivor Shier .... helicopter pilot
Douglas Stuart Wilson .... international coordinator
Tod Swindell .... location manager
Farron Kempton .... photo double (uncredited)
Jennifer Scott .... lead stand-in (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Perdita Durango" - Mexico (original title)
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Rated R for strong violence including rape, sexuality, language and some drug content (cut)
126 min | Australia:125 min | USA:115 min (R-rated version) | USA:121 min (unrated version) | South Korea:95 min | Hong Kong:118 min | Germany:125 min (DVD version)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:MA (cable rating) (cut) | Australia:R (cut) | Finland:K-16 (cut) | France:-16 | Germany:18 | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:16 | Ireland:(Banned) | Netherlands:16 (video premiere) | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:R(A) | South Korea:(Banned) (original rating) | South Korea:18 (re-rating) | Spain:18 | UK:18 (2006 re-rating) | UK:18 (cut) (original rating) | USA:R (cut)
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Did You Know?

The character of Perdita Durango appeared in Wild at Heart (1990) by 'Lynch, David', also based in a novel by Barry Gifford, and was played by Isabella Rosselini.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: Shadow of the dolly and cameraman during the scene in the airplane junkyard.See more »
Romeo Dolorosa:Well, the truth is, I'm a scientist.
Perdita Durango:A scientist? No, you're definitely a dentist. I could tell from the stupid smile on your face.
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Movie Connections:
Spin off from Wild at Heart (1990)See more »
Spanish FleaSee more »


What are the differences between the R-Rated cut and the uncut version of the movie?
What about the British BBFC 18 Version. Is it uncensored?
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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Vicious, wild ride of a film...even in its incomplete version, 16 October 2003
Author: hippiedj from Palm Desert, California

(See the update at the end of this review about the uncut version now available in the U.S.)

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 A-Pix "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.

UPDATE AUGUST 2015: The full uncut version is now available on DVD-R through allcluesnosolutions, but for how long is uncertain. I immediately took the opportunity to get a copy. It's just the film, no extras. But hey, for the full version I'll take what I can get!

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