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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.

Writers:

Barry Gifford (novel), Barry Gifford (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosie Perez ... Perdita Durango
Javier Bardem ... Romeo
Harley Cross ... Duane
Aimee Graham ... Estelle
James Gandolfini ... Dumas
Screamin' Jay Hawkins Screamin' Jay Hawkins ... Adolfo
Demián Bichir ... Catalina (as Demian Bichir)
Carlos Bardem ... Reggie
Santiago Segura ... Shorty Dee
Harry Porter Harry Porter ... Ford
Carlos Arau Carlos Arau ... Phillips
Don Stroud ... Santos
Alex Cox ... Doyle
Miguel Galván Miguel Galván ... Doug
Regina Orozco 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The character of Perdita Durango appeared in Wild at Heart (1990), also based in a novel by Barry Gifford, and was played by Isabella Rossellini. See more »

Goofs

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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Alternate Versions

The original Spanish version, presented by the director at the 1998 Fantasy Film Festival 1998 in Munich, runs 10 minutes longer and features more sex and violence. See more »

Connections

Features Urotsukidôji II: Legend of the Demon Womb (1993) See more »

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Little Girl
of Editorial, Musica Impossible
Performed by Electric Playboys (Impossible Records 1997)
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Excellent dark-satire, violent-rom-com rampage
10 November 2004 | by ant-78See 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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Country:

Mexico | Spain

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

31 October 1997 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

EUR4,200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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