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Dance with the Devil 1997

Dance with the Devil | Perdita Durango


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The tough Perdita (Rosie Perez) and her devilish lover Romeo Dolorosa (Javier Bardem) need - in order to fulfill Romeo's religious mandates - to perform some human sacrifices before he can go on a mission ordered by mob boss Santos (Don Stroud). They kidnap teen sweethearts Duane (Harley Cross) and Estelle (Aimee Graham) and travel with them to Las Vegas.

For his English-language debut, writer/director Álex de la Iglesia chose novelist Barry Gifford's prequel to WILD AT HEART featuring sociopath priestess Perdita Durango. But when the U.S. distributor saw the finished film, they slashed 10+ minutes of gleefully profane sex & violence and dumped it under the title DANCE WITH THE DEVIL.

  • DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

The film deals with the struggle between two different and incompatible ways of seeing life although they have a common border. On the one hand, there are the Hispanos: tied forever to religion, passion, improvisation and destiny; and on the other, there are the Americans: condemned to live happily, without problems, in front of their TV sets, protected by a plastic suit of armor.

It is a confrontation between the savage and the domesticated; between the dangerous and the harmless. I am on the side of the bad guys, of those who take risks, who live their lives to the very limit. It is also a love story, of treachery and death, where the characters know their own Destiny and learns how to face it. Romeo and Perdita are two murderers, two despicable creatures, but they are charming, upright, genuine too. The relationship they set up with the other couple of teenage Yankees whom they kidnap and mistreat, is explosive. Just imagine what might happen if Hannibal Lecter and Cruella de Vil took the characters from "Beverly Hills 90210" out for a picnic. Something like that happens in "PERDITA DURANGO"... In spite of it all, it is still a romantic, tragic, classic story, about treachery and blind loyalties. Very religious too. And much like a Western. I think I have grown up while making this movie.

Álex de la Iglesia

Dance with the Devil Movie Details 🎥


Directed by

Álex de la Iglesia

Writing Credits

Álex de la Iglesia, Barry Gifford, David Trueba and Jorge Guerricaechevarría (Screenplay)

Barry Gifford (Novel)

Starring

Rosie Perez

Javier Bardem

Harley Cross

Aimee Graham

Don Stroud

James Gandolfini

Demián Bichir

Santiago Segura

Carlos Bardem

Harry Porter

Carlos Arau

Alex Cox

Screamin' Jay Hawkins

Miguel Galván

Regina Orozco

Roger Cudney

Erika Carlsson

Will 'Nahkohe' Strickland

Music by

Simon Boswell

Cinematography by

Flavio Martínez Labiano

Genres: Action, Crime, Horror, Romance

Countries: Mexico, Spain

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