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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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

Romeo Dolorosa: Well, the truth is, I'm a scientist.
Perdita Durango: A scientist? No, you're definitely a dentist. I could tell from the stupid smile on your face.
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Alternate Versions

The original Spanish version, presented by the director at the 1998 Fantasy Film Festival 1998 in Munich, runs 10 minutes longer and features more sex and violence. See more »

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References Batman (1989) See more »

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Flute Minuet Sonata C Major. BNV 1033
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Sonia Classc - Sonotón Recorded Music Library
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a contemporary cult classic...
17 March 2001 | by dr.gonzo-4See all my reviews

I picked up DANCE WITH THE DEVIL at the local video store, basically because Rosie Perez was on the cover holding a double-barrel shotgun. Need I say more? Okay I will. Originally titled "Perdita Durango" after Rosie's character, this is one twisted, shocking, and absolutely fantastic film. Although a little on the low budget-side, it definitely makes up for it with a killer script and terrific performances from the entire cast. It was based on the novel by Barry Gifford who also co-wrote the screenplay. You might remember him from writing David Lynch's films WILD AT HEART and LOST HIGHWAY. Although Perdita is the main character of the film, there is little known about who she really is and what she is all about. Javier Bardem basically steals the show through his intense performance as Romeo, the devil with the rattlesnake boots. Of course we cannot forget James "Tony Soprano" Gandolfini who delivers a great role as a narcotics detective. Like some kind of twisted cross between NATURAL BORN KILLERS and DESPERADO, this film never lets up from start to finish. It's definitely a contemporary cult classic chock full of violence, sex, drugs, dark humor, voodoo, and......Hey I don't want to give it all away, just see it!!!


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