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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.

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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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Details

Country:

Mexico | Spain

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

31 October 1997 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Dance with the Devil See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€4,200,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (R-rated) | (unrated) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

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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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 37 secs with heavy edits to a handcuffed naked woman being raped and a shot of a girl being attacked during the animated scene on the motel television. The cuts were waived in 2006. See more »

Connections

References Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Vera Cruz
by Hugo Friedhofer and Sammy Cahn
Copyright Leo Feist Inc.
Publishing authorized in Spain to United Artists Española
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Best of the 98 TIFF
22 August 2004 | by AMadLaneSee all my reviews

I saw six movies in three days at my first Toronto Film Festival -- this one last, after a slow-moving Japanese film, "Afterlife" (which I also enjoyed, and the pace of which set up this film wonderfully). I saw this uncut and on the big screen, and it shot right through my veins like an amphetamine from a slingshot. Javier Bardem is one of those rare actors who is so good, who disappears so far into his roles, that a lot of people still don't know him. Pity -- he's the pivot of this film, the steady-burning sun around which equally dazzling Rosie Perez throbs in her mad ecliptic orbit. The acting is, in fact -- in spite of what you're reading elsewhere here -- perfectly pitched in all quarters. I managed to get an uncut video copy online a few years back from ebay, and it IS true, the movie loses a bit in the translation from big-screen to small, but trust me, it's still a wild ride. I left the theater feeling like I'd been set on fire with gasoline and Vaseline.


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