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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.

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(as Alex de la Iglesia)

Writers:

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Guillermo Toledo ... Rafael González
... Lourdes
Luis Varela ... Don Antonio Fraguas
... Comisario Campoy
... Alonso
... Jaime
... Roxanne
Rosario Pardo ... Señora despistada
... Concha
José Alias ... Matías
Penélope Velasco ... Susana
Montse Mostaza ... Helena (as Montserrat Mostaza)
Eduardo Gómez ... Taxista
Enrique Martínez ... Pepón
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:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 October 2004 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

El Crimen Perfecto (The Perfect Crime)  »

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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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Trivia

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 »

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

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 »

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References MacGyver (1985) See more »

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The Splendour of Love
Written by Piero Piccioni (as P. Piccioni)
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Striving for the "Perfect Life"
3 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

Rafael Gonzalez (Guillermo Toledo), is a salesman in the ladies section of a fashionable department store in Madrid who has it all: good looks, a sharp wardrobe, and a confident, brash manner that allows him to get his way with women and in the workplace.

Rafael has clear goals, too, the most important of which is to lead a "perfect life," and little patience for anybody who settles for less. Such a proud man, of course, is perfectly set up to take a fall and Rafael plunges very far indeed in this hilarious black comedy by Spanish director Alexis de la Iglesia.

Rafael's slide begins when a hated rival, Don Antonio (Luis Varlea), wins a coveted promotion. An argument follows and Don Antonio ends up dead. Rafael's role in the accident goes undetected by the police only because Lourdes (Monica Cevera), an unattractive coworker he has long ignored, helps dispose of the corpse.

Lourdes assistance comes with a price. She has long carried a torch for Rafael and uses the threat of police exposure to get her own "perfect life." She insists Rafael become her lover, meet her parents, and marry her. In short, Rafael is about to be trapped in the kind of dull, mediocre existence he has always mocked.

Watching Rafael try to escape from the world Lourdes plans for him – raising children in a badly decorated suburban apartment filled with clown paintings and spending evenings collecting ugly miniatures -- provides lots of laughter and entertainment and plenty of insights into contemporary Spain. In the end, each character gets what they want – but as usually happens in life itself – there is a clear winner and loser. Highly recommended.

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