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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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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:

Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

EUR4,200,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Bigas Luna was due to direct the film, Madonna, Javier Bardem and Dennis Hopper were his first choices to play Perdita, Romeo and Woody Dumas. Madonna deserted the project and Victoria Abril was supposed to replace her as Perdita, alongside Johnny Depp as Romeo and Ray Liotta as Dumas. Then Luna abandoned the production and Álex de la Iglesia was set to direct with the definitive cast: Rosie Perez, Javier Bardem and James Gandolfini. See more »

Goofs

Shadow of the dolly and cameraman during the scene in the airplane junkyard. See more »

Quotes

[while mounting tied up Duane on a chair and raping him]
Perdita Durango: How many times have you done this, Duane?
Duane: [mumbles] Ha?
Perdita Durango: How many times? Ten? Five? Fuck, once? Shit... so how was it?
Duane: I'll never forget it.
[a flashback is shown of a buxom overweight girl laughing maniacally while mounting Duane on a bed]
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Alternate Versions

The unrated video and DVD version re-titled "Dance With The Devil" is cut. Although retaining most of the sex and violence cut from other censored versions, parts of the shoot-out at the end have been altered. The original version ended with some characters digitally morphing into the scene finale from Vera Cruz. See more »

Connections

Spun-off from Wild at Heart (1990) See more »

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El Cartel De A Kilo
Written by Mario Quintero Lara (SACM)
Performed by Los Tucanes de Tijuana - Alacrán Productions Records
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Wild at Heart and Weird on Top
30 January 2000 | by iaidoSee all my reviews

Being a huge Barry Gifford fan, having enjoyed De La Iglesia's Day of the Beast, and of the opinion that Wild at Heart was one of the best novel to film adaptations in the history of cinema, needless to say, my expectations for this movie were very high. I couldnt have imagined it being so satisfying.

De La Iglesia's adaptation of Perdita Durango takes its liberties but (like Wild At Heart) finds its inspiration in the original source material without destroying the spirit.

Romeo and Perdita carve their way through the world with violence, magic, and sex. They are sadistic, perverse, and perfect for each other. From their first fateful meeting, to their kidnapping of two suburban white kids, to driving a truck full of fetus destined to be black market makeup, it is a dark destiny, a collision of two black souls. If the movie has any message, it is that even the most wicked person has a diabolic soulmate. Love does not discriminate.

The performances are great. Javier Bardem as Romeo was totally unrecognizable as the same guy who played the stud in Jamon, Jamon. He plays Romeo as charming, self preserving, and almost noble killer because of his beliefs in darkness, sacrifice, revenge, and amoral spirituality. My fears of Rosie Perez, an actress I am not fond of in any way, were unfounded as she embodied Perdita perfectly with sadism and sizzle. James Gandolfini, as the Wile E Coyote like DEA agent Dumas, was also very good, perpetually abused and doggedly determined.

De La Iglesia handles with the film with great skill. The pacing is fast and furious. Every scene is alive with energy, and his composition is masterful. He has vastly improved from the flawed, yet entertaining, Day of the Beast, and demonstrates that his is a talent that continues to grow. Given the proper material and time, I can see him providing a enjoyable body of manic, surreal, and outrageous work.


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