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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)
Barry Gifford (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
31 October 1997 (Spain) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Get On The Road
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
6 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
one of the sickest, funniest B-movies of the 90s, which transcends any limitations through a truly wild sensibility See more (71 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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Directed by
Álex de la Iglesia 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
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
José Luis Escolar .... line 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 .... prop builder
John M. Oswald .... set dresser
Ozcar Ramírez .... on-set dresser
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
Jaume Puig .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
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)
 
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
 
Stunts
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
Igor 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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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence including rape, sexuality, language and some drug content (cut)
Runtime:
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)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
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?

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:
Crew or equipment visible: Shadow of the dolly and cameraman during the scene in the airplane junkyard.See more »
Quotes:
Perdita Durango:[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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Movie Connections:
References Batman (1989)See more »
Soundtrack:
Flute Minuet Sonata C Major. BNV 1033See more »

FAQ

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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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
one of the sickest, funniest B-movies of the 90s, which transcends any limitations through a truly wild sensibility, 7 March 2008
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Alex de la Iglesias seems to tap so well into Barry Gifford's material that he almost gives David Lynch, who's worked with the man twice (including on the script for near-masterpiece Lost Highway, also released in 1997), a run for his surrealistic-road-movie money. Perdita Durango, aka Dance with the Devil, is a firecracker of a thriller, loaded with so much (controlled) insanity, skillful and even artistically driven film-making, and a dynamite cast, that it threatens to burn off the screen and rape all of our children while it does Santeria in our living rooms. On the surface it's just a, well, crazy exploitation movie premise: two bad-asses, one a big dude with a Mexican mullet and a history of mystical ties to ritual dancing and sacrifices (Romeo), another a long-haired, curvy lover-cum-killer with a tough front and a jealous heart ( Perdita Durango) are on their way to bring a truck full of frozen embryos across the border, with a kidnapped "gringo" couple in tow.

But within that surface there's a lot going on. Not that the film goes into the art-house sect like Wild at Heart, but it digs into the meat of its premise and the danger at every turn for all of the characters. The hand of fate slips in probably just as much, if not more-so, than the other infamous Bardem picture No Country for Old Men. At the drop of a hat a character can get run over by a car (sometimes, in the case of Gandolfini's hilariously hammy-pig DEA agent Woody Dumas, more than once), or a score that was scorned can come back to haunt another characters, or dancing out of some old tribal instinct in the middle of a club. It's an absurdist view of material that is on the one hand deranged and funny because of the random outrageousness of the violence, but on the other hand much more well-done because Iglesias doesn't stoop to poor craftsmanship. This is B-movie-making for people who like good, strong, lean direction that can take some detours that don't leave the audience too much in the dust.

On second thought, that last point could be contested. I could imagine somebody watching Perdita Durango and not liking it at all, being just completely put off by the violence and (usually) sadistic host of characters, and how it doesn't seem to connect most times with a real sense of reality (as my friend pointed out watching it, early on the film seems to resemble a kind of film vomit, loaded with colors and scenes and bits thrown together). But it's a fair assessment. For those who know what they're getting, they need look no further than the cover, which has Perez &/or Bardem looking like they're right out of a pulp fiction book, with her holding a gun and him with his crazed eyes. If you do give it a chance, however, it does provide more than the expectations for your usual road movie. And the cast is a huge part of this. Aside from Bardem's presence, there's also Perez, who is in one of her very best turns as the title character, as rough as an outlaw but vulnerable. And then there's Gandolfini, great supporting moments from Cox, Hawkins (yes, Screaming Jay), and even the kids playing the kidnapped gringos, making the most of an at-best two-dimensional playing field.

The violence is savage, the theatrics go between over the top and startlingly convincing, and the sex is hot and dangerous as possible. Perdita Durango is so good you can smell the sweat pouring off the characters's heads.

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