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El Crimen Perfecto (The Perfect Crime) (2004)

Crimen ferpecto (original title)
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

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Taglines:

You will love your wife! 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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Trivia

Visa d'exploitation en France : #111798 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: Ours is not a Sunday afternoon quickie. It's murder!
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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

Summer Struttin'
Written by Andrew Britton (as A. Britton) and David Goldsmith (as D. Goldsmith)
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Hollywood, try to learn!
20 April 2005 | by TurbominchiaSee all my reviews

And obviously try not to copy... What about this movie? I loved it! De La Iglesia hit perfectly the target using very well Spanish actors playing style. Spanish language, if well managed, allows movie to get a fast sequence of dialogs and scenes, that fits well black comedy style. I usually like all Spanish movies, that always bring all enthusiastic feelings of the recent country welfare. Spanish society deeply enjoy democratic and rich lifestyle, and Spanish movies communicate its happiness to the world. Raphael character reflects "Spanish dream", i.e. reaching success (such as "american dream") and also deeply enjoy life! Lourdes is a "clichè" of modern Spanish movies: the ugly, determined and sexual woman, who desires to be loved and struggle to obtain it. This movie is another strong lesson to the worldwide filmmakers: you don't need enormous budget to have a great movie: simply pick a good screenplay, good actors and manage all in the right way. Then you have to add some spices: foolish characters (Lourdes family) and grotesque elements (inspector squinting, the accident in Luna Park). Then put all together in the good environment (the shop: a little world that represent all characters life) and you have a magic movie!


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