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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 ... 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:

Official site | Official site [Spain] | See more »

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:

EUR4,750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,588, 21 August 2005

Gross USA:

$418,843

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,042,432
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Technical Specs

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

[when trying to pay for the movie "Perfect Crime," the code says "Ferpect Crime"]
Rafael: It's "Perfect", with a P... and there it reads..."Ferpect", with an F.
Clerk: Yes, but the price is right, isn't it?
Rafael: It's "Perfect", but it reads "Ferpect." Why?
Clerk: It must be a typo.
Rafael: Fuck. "Ferpect Crime."
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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 Seabiscuit (2003) See more »

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Felicita
Written by Gino De Stefani, Dario Farina and Cristiano Minellono
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User Reviews

 
Fast and funny.
30 March 2006 | by ZuluuSee all my reviews

I Just can't get enough of this. I watched this movie alone the first time, then I showed it to my flat mates. Now I'm looking forward to the next time friends visit me so I can watch this movie again with them.

The thing I liked most about this movie was the extremely smooth way of telling the story. As the movie started, I almost immediately got sucked into the story by the hypnotic, yet very funny way of displaying the plot. Not only the script or the acting, but also camera, light, sound and editing - all aspects of the movie presentation where thoughtfully placed and dozed to make up the right mix for a really well made movie.

The way of telling the story is almost a story for itself. The sequence of the scenes performs twists of its own, the way they are filmed and edited adds a whole new level, a sub plot so to speak. The scene presentation, the "image", plays an important role and I'd say it's the most grave factor that makes this movie unique.

The pace of the movie (regarding the story telling style, not the plot itself) slows down towards the end to leaves space for more roughness and suspense.

I really hope to see much more of Alex del la Iglesia in the future because what I got to see yet is always getting even better.

8 out of 10.


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