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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.

Director:

Álex de la Iglesia (as Alex de la Iglesia)

Writers:

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Guillermo Toledo 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 Eduardo Gómez ... Taxista
Enrique Martínez Enrique Martínez ... Pepón
Alicia Andújar Alicia Andújar ... Desiree
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A comedy of conspicuous consumption by Alex de la Iglesia! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

Spain | Italy

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

22 October 2004 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

El Crimen Perfecto (The Perfect Crime) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Rafael: And... I try to be humble. But I just can't!
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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 »

Connections

References The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

The Splendour of Love
Written by Piero Piccioni (as P. Piccioni)
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Fast, funny, well interpreted
15 April 2005 | by massimobrambillaSee all my reviews

Now, this movie is not going to mark the history of dark comedy cinema, but believe me it's waaay better than a whole lot of stuff that has been strewn around by USA, French and Italian makers lately. The pacing is fast, well kept though with a few ludicrously foreseeable passages; the cast is really good in painting the characters, almost all of them well performed and denoted, in landscaping the interpersonal relations and the working environment, in adding the zest of surreality which makes the good of the movie but -at the same time- avoiding the downfall into clownesque. Indeed, there is a clear directorial decision to remove this movie from the "credibility" section, to the surreal/grand-guignol/grotesque side, but the operation is successful, if you do not mind...and if you know where the "FerPecto" inversion comes from, then you'll enjoy it. The very end is indeed below the expectations that the plot built, but you won't guess it in advance.


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