Lust in the Dust
For the 1946 film nicknamed "Lust in the Dust", see Duel in the Sun.
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|Lust in the Dust|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Paul Bartel|
|Produced by||Allan Glaser|
|Written by||Philip John Taylor|
|Music by||Peter Matz|
|Edited by||Alan Toomayan|
Fox Run Productions
|Distributed by||New World Pictures|
|March 1, 1985|
Dance-hall girl Rosie Velez (Divine), lost in the desert, is helped to safety by gunman Abel Wood (Tab Hunter). In the town of Chili Verde, at the saloon of Marguerita Ventura (Lainie Kazan), word of a treasure in gold brings Abel into conflict with outlaw Hard Case Williams (Geoffrey Lewis) and his gang.
- Tab Hunter as Abel Wood
- Divine as Rosie Velez
- Lainie Kazan as Marguerita Ventura
- Cesar Romero as Father Garcia
- Geoffrey Lewis as Hard Case Williams
- Henry Silva as Bernardo
- Courtney Gains as Red Dick Barker
- Gina Gallego as Ninfa
- Nedra Volz as Big Ed
- Woody Strode as Blackman, Hard Case Gang
- Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez as Mexican, Hard Case Gang
- Noah Wyle uncredited role
John Waters was asked to direct, but refused because he did not write the script.
- Edith Massey was cast in the role of Big Ed, but died shortly after her screen test. Paul Bartel was uneasy about having her in the film because he thought it would look too much like a John Waters film without John Waters.
- The role for Lainie Kazan was originally set for Chita Rivera.
"America is ready for Divine," said Hunter. "There is a vulnerability about this big whale that makes you smile and laugh."
- All songs composed by Karen Hart
- "Tarnished Tumbleweed" – Mike Stull
- "These Lips Were Made for Kissin'" – Divine
- "South of My Border" – Lainie Kazan
The film was positively reviewed and was a moderate box office success.
- OUTTAKES Taylor, Clarke. Los Angeles Times 23 Dec 1984: o41.
- The Western will never bite the dust Scott, Jay. The Globe and Mail; Toronto, Ont. [Toronto, Ont]07 July 1979: P.29.
- Latin from Manhattan danced to Hollywood Thomas, Bob. The Globe and Mail 22 June 1984: E.4.
- MOVIES: Cult drag queen Divine moving from outrageous to mainstream Beale, Lewis. Chicago Tribune 24 Feb 1985: j8.
- Hart, Karen. "Karen Hart Music". Retrieved 2012-09-14.