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Dance with the Devil Details


The title character of this Alex de la Iglesia film made her first appearance in David Lynch's David Lynch (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 who routinely kills, robs banks, and steals corpses from graves for his cannibalistic blood-soaked rituals. Santos (Don Stroud) is a pedophile and a crime boss. He hires Romeo to steal a truck filled with human fetuses that are slated to be used for cosmetic experiments. Romeo accepts but feels he must make a human sacrifice before he goes. This bothers Perdita not a bit and she even picks out a pair of blonde teens for the ritual killing. The two crooks kidnap the kids, ritually feather them, sexually abuse them, and are preparing to kill them when Romeo's cheated partner shows up with policemen. The crooks and their prey manage to escape, but the scheme to commandeer the truck gets botched and an ensuing shootout between Santos' men and DEA agents goes wrong. Santos loses many men and swears revenge upon Romeo and Perdita, who continue on their journey with their two doomed victims. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

  • Release date:May 26, 2005


Rosie Perez
as Perdita Durango
Javier Bardem
as Romeo Dolorosa
Harley Cross
as Duane
Aimee Graham
as Estelle
James Gandolfini
as Woody Dumas
Screamin' Jay Hawkins
as Adolfo
Carlos Bardem
as Reggie
Santiago Segura
as Shorty Dee
Don Stroud
as Santos
Alex Cox
as Agent Doyle


Álex de la Iglesia
Andrés Vicente Gómez
David Trueba
Jorge Guerricaechevarría
Álex de la Iglesia
Barry Gifford
Book Author
Barry Gifford
Flavio M. LaBiano
Simon Boswell
Composer (Music Score)
Teresa Font
Arturo "Biaffra" Garcia
Production Designer
Jose Luis Arrizabalaga
Production Designer
Andrew Bernard
Art Director
Salvador Parra
Art Director
Ana Solares
Art Director
Marco Gomez
Associate Producer
Fernando Bovaira
Executive Producer
Pablo Barbachano
Executive Producer
Miguel Necoechea
Executive Producer
Helen Britten
Set Designer
Maria Estela Fernandez
Costume Designer
Glenn Ralston
Costume Designer
Salvador de la Fuente
Sound/Sound Designer
Jose Luis Escolar
First Assistant Director
Joy Dickson
Nicole Arbusto
Jose Luis Escolar
Line Producer