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El Crimen Perfecto (The Perfect Crime) (2004)

Crimen ferpecto (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Thriller | 22 October 2004 (Spain)
An ambitious salesman will do anything for that big promotion he's been chasing, but inevitably, he will learn that there is no such thing as the perfect crime.


(as Alex de la Iglesia)


(screenplay) (as Jorge Guerricaechevarria), (screenplay) (as Alex de la Iglesia)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Guillermo Toledo ...
Luis Varela ...
Comisario Campoy
Rosario Pardo ...
Señora despistada
José Alias ...
Penélope Velasco ...
Montse Mostaza ...
Helena (as Montserrat Mostaza)
Eduardo Gómez ...
Enrique Martínez ...
Alicia Andújar ...


An impending much-sought-after promotion at Yeyo's shopping mall in Madrid has created quite a stir, as a new floor supervisor needs to be chosen between Don Antonio, the helpful, experienced, yet, stern and gloomy head of the men's department and Rafael, the seductive, highly skilled salesman and head of the women's department. Without a doubt, competition is hard when there's only room for one, however, when the suave and sophisticated Rafael loses out to his inelegant arch nemesis, he will find himself in a very tight spot when during an argument, he will accidentally kill Don Antonio. Obviously, with him as a prime suspect, handsome Rafael is in dire straits and desperate as he is, he will inevitably accept help from Lourdes, the department's ugly duckling who unfortunately knows all about his misfortune, nevertheless, not without a cost. With his life literally in Lourdes' hands, blackmailed into her preposterous demands, there is only one way out and Rafael will need to stain ... Written by Nick Riganas

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Wicked laughs and great fun! See more »


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Release Date:

22 October 2004 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

El Crimen Perfecto (The Perfect Crime)  »


Box Office


€4,750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€1,059,688 (Spain), 22 October 2004, Limited Release

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,040,997, 31 December 2006
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In a 2005 interview, director Álex de la Iglesia said that the name of the movie "Crimen Perfecto" ("Perfect Crime") is an homage to Dial M for Murder (1954), which is known in Spain as "Crimen Perfecto" ("Perfect Crime"). Also, 'Dial M for Murder' is one of the movies Rafael bought to plan the crime. See more »


The inspector pulls Don Antonio's bridgework out of the hot furnace on a shovel, picks it off the shovel with tweezers, and drops it into a plastic bag. It should have melted the bag! See more »


Rafael: That would slowly became a game with only one rule: If I don't do whatever she says, then she'll call to the police.
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Crazy Credits

Initial credits are written on different papers which are sometimes on the wrong order and then rearrange (Fernando Tejero initially appears as Fernando Rojete; see Dick Van Dyke credit in 'Mary Poppins'). The title initially appears as Crimen Perfecto, and then rearranges to Crimen Ferpecto. See more »


References The Lawnmower Man (1992) See more »


Jingle Bells
Written by James Pierpont (uncredited)
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Another corker from Alex De La Iglesia
5 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

Mining fairly similar territory to LA COMMUNIDAD (secrets, rivalries and suspicions in a closed community escalating to absurdity), CRIMEN FERPECTO is a black comedy that's fairly lightweight and accessible, but still clever and very funny. As with LA COMMUNIDAD, the view of "ordinary people" he presents is rather misanthropic - but affectionately so (if that makes sense). Iglesia has definitely matured and mellowed out since the days of ACCION MUTANTE and PERDITA DURANGO, but his wicked sense of humour remains intact and his films provide more rounded entertainment for not trying so hard to be "out there". CRIMEN PERFECTO rates a little lower than LA COMMUNIDAD, possibly for the sole reason that Carmen Maura is not the star, but it's still well recommended.

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