Dance with the Devil (Perdita Durango) (1997)

Dance with the Devil (Perdita Durango)


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The title character of this Alex de la Iglesia film made her first appearance in David Lynch's Wild at Heart (1990) and was originally played by Isabella Rossellini. Rosie Perez takes over the role in this blend of black comedy, graphic sex and violence, voodoo, and weirdness. Perdita Durango is pure trash, a fact she establishes at the film's beginning. Her adventures begin when she hooks up with Romeo Dolorosa (Javier Bardem), a sleek, black-clad, sexually adventurous practitioner of Santeria … More

Rating: R (for strong violence including rape, sexuality, language and some drug content)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Horror, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Barry Gifford, David Trueba, Jorge Guerricaechevarría, Álex de la Iglesia
On DVD: Dec 28, 1999
Trimark Pictures



as Perdita Durango

as Estelle

as Catalina

as Shorty Dee

as Doyle

as Phillips

as Herbert

as Glory Ann

as Charly Park

as Technician

as Dedo Peralta

as Armendariz

as Nicky Bigfoot

as Romeo's Grandmother

as Danny Mestiza

as Old Man in Cemetery

as Manny Flynn

as Airport Waitress

as Mexican Girl

as Mexican Girl

as Mexican Border Guard

as Stewardess

as Old Man 'Toquez'

as La Florida Barman

as Babalawo Priest

as Bank Teller

as Beautiful Woman

as Susie Street Man

as Policeman

as Policeman

as Paramedic

as Santos
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Critic Reviews for Dance with the Devil (Perdita Durango)

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The film would have better off staying with the comic tone, for that's what de la Iglesia does best--and where his interests clearly lie.

Full Review… | September 14, 2005

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

August 8, 2005

December 21, 2004
Greenwich Village Gazette

Audience Reviews for Dance with the Devil (Perdita Durango)


Following the success of El Dia De Bestia and Acción mutante, once again the director pursues the nature of dark obsession. The two main leads are dysfunctional amoral sadists who re in some ways rediscovering a part of them that they miss - love.

It's a story of trying to move on but the main characters are very amoral however there's darker circles than them, which pulls them further down the spiral. In essence this movie is an antithesis of a glamour Mafia movie and I believe represents Mafia dealings in a very dark fashion. In some ways I believe there's a nod to David Lynch with the actor playing the Mafia boss.

The film is not a sick puppy nor is it banal. For those that have followed this director they will read between the lines to discover some salient points of US government intervention out of the states and human traffic - in this case embryos used for beauty products. Like 'clean Madrid' in El Dia de Bestia there were fascist movements in the capital at the time. Iglaisia puts this on the screen as a cultural reminder.

Watching this movie at face value will seem very ultra violent and in some places extremely disturbing. Unlike other cult producers like Tarintino Iglasia uses a loot of cult cultural references to make his films extremely dark and funny (like La Communidad). If you're Latin or Spanish I feel there would be a lot more in this movie for you. Recommended viewing - but not for the faint hearted.

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer


A flawed affair from Alex de la Iglesia that benefits from one thing: Javier Bardem playing a crazy ruthless mexican santero who rapes american teen girls and makes human sacrifices. Bardem owns the movie in every way.

Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer


Awesome rated R action and hot sex scenes. Rosie Perez is bloody hot American-Purerto Rican actress in this dangerous hostage thriller film.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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