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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.


Álex de la Iglesia (as Alex de la Iglesia)


Jorge Guerricaechevarría (screenplay) (as Jorge Guerricaechevarria), Álex de la Iglesia (screenplay) (as Alex de la Iglesia)
4 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Guillermo Toledo ... Rafael González
Mónica Cervera ... Lourdes
Luis Varela Luis Varela ... Don Antonio Fraguas
Enrique Villén ... Comisario Campoy
Fernando Tejero ... Alonso
Javier Gutiérrez ... Jaime
Kira Miró ... Roxanne
Rosario Pardo Rosario Pardo ... Señora despistada
Gracia Olayo ... Concha
José Alias José Alias ... Matías
Penélope Velasco Penélope Velasco ... Susana
Montse Mostaza Montse Mostaza ... Helena (as Montserrat Mostaza)
Eduardo Gómez ... Taxista
Enrique Martínez Enrique Martínez ... Pepón
Alicia Andújar Alicia Andújar ... Desiree


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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A Wicked Good Time! See more »


Comedy | Crime | Thriller


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Did You Know?


Several of the clowns and journalists in the last scene are really fans of Álex de la Iglesia. They were invited by the director himself for supporting him through his official website. 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 »


Lourdes: Say that you love me.
Rafael: Eh?
Lourdes: SAY... IT... NOW!
Rafael: I love you.
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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 »


Pomp and Circumstance
Composed by Edward Elgar (as Sir Edward Elgar)
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Outstanding black comedy
1 November 2004 | by newland80See all my reviews

After his latest experiment with new genres (no less than a western) with "800 balas", Álex de la Iglesia goes back to his habitual black comedies and proves he is still in top form. "Crimen ferpecto" is probably his most accomplished film so far, and surely the funniest.

Looking back at his oeuvre, there are very good films ("La comunidad" is still his best) but also average ones ("Muertos de risa" had its edge, but was pointless). "Crimen ferpecto" is the deserving follow-up to "La Comunidad", after the failure of "800 balas", and keeps showing the evolution of the director/writer towards creative maturity.

Guillermo Toledo plays Rafael, de la Iglesia's best leading male character so far. He is at his best playing this womanizer in trouble, elegant, seductive and utterly charming. He is accompanied by Mónica Cervera, who will certainly break through in this film after his impressive turn as a retarded young woman in "Piedras". She plays the wicked witch of the men's department, ugly, manipulative, evil but yet a character one can sympathize with.

The high point of this comedy is certainly the part in which the couple visits the girl's family (Gracia Olayo is brilliant in a bit part as Lourdes' mother), the audience could hardly stop laughing. The rest of the footage combines lighter comedy, dark comedy, thriller and even a little share of action.

It's a shame, however, that I could not be pleased by the ending. It's difficult to find a satisfying ending when one has sympathized with both Rafael and Lourdes, who both have played the roles of "good" and "bad" in turns. Eventually both of them get what they deserve, but is life really like that? I expected an edgier ending, but still appreciated "Crimen ferpecto" as one of the best comedies of the year.

Overall rating: 8/10

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Release Date:

22 October 2004 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


EUR4,750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,588, 21 August 2005

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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