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Don't Tempt Me (2001)
"Sin noticias de Dios" (original title)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  30 November 2001 (Spain)
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Two angels, one from the heaven and one from the hell, come to earth to save the soul of a boxer.

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A boxer named Manny, battling a potentially life-threatening brain injury, finds his soul to be the object of a metaphysical fight. Two different supernatural agents are sent to win over his soul to their side: one is an angel from a curious version of Heaven, that looks just like a beatific Paris, and in it everyone speaks French; and the other agent is a waitress from Hell, sent to seduce him to spend his eternity in a red-tinted prison where everyone speaks English. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Heaven and hell are on Earth, and they're wearing heels. See more »


Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language, some violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 November 2001 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Bendito Infierno (Don't Tempt Me)  »

Box Office


ESP 1,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,271 (USA) (22 August 2003)


$77,281 (USA) (14 November 2003)

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(Dolby 5.1)

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2.35 : 1
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Penelope Cruz is "Kung-Fu Fighting"!
17 April 2004 | by (Clinton Township, Michigan) – See all my reviews

Entertaining. Unique in style. It's a story about an angel from Heaven and a fallen angel from Hell who both compete over the soul of a boxer.

Penelope's role in this film is more of a far cry than in her previous roles. Normally, she is cast as a beautiful object of desire, as in Vanilla Sky, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, All the Pretty Horses and Woman on Top. She has even been cast as a slightly less-than-attractive, but still desired woman, as in Blow and Gothika. For the first time, Penelope Cruz is actually shot in an almost undesirable way in this film - even letting herself get beat up a couple of times. She does pull it off, and the film succeeds as an off-kilter dark comedy with that Hollywood "Heaven vs. Hell" factor added in.

It is worth it, if for nothing else, to see Penelope dance around her room "Travolta style" to the song "Kung-Fu Fighting".

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