Lust in the Dust

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For the 1946 film nicknamed "Lust in the Dust", see Duel in the Sun.

Lust in the Dust
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Paul Bartel
Produced by Allan Glaser
Tab Hunter
Written by Philip John Taylor
Starring Tab Hunter
Lainie Kazan
Music by Peter Matz
Cinematography Paul Lohmann
Edited by Alan Toomayan
Fox Run Productions
Distributed by New World Pictures
Release date
March 1, 1985 (1985-03-01)
Running time
84 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Lust in the Dust is a 1985 Western comedy film starring Tab Hunter, Divine, Cesar Romero, and Lainie Kazan, and directed by Paul Bartel.


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.



  • 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.


All songs composed by Karen Hart[1]
  1. "Tarnished Tumbleweed" – Mike Stull
  2. "These Lips Were Made for Kissin'" – Divine
  3. "South of My Border" – Lainie Kazan


The film was positively reviewed and was a moderate box office success.


  1. ^ Hart, Karen. "Karen Hart Music". Retrieved 2012-09-14. 

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