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
Lust in the dust.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPaul Bartel
Produced byAllan Glaser
Tab Hunter
Written byPhilip John Taylor
StarringTab Hunter
Lainie Kazan
Music byPeter Matz
CinematographyPaul Lohmann
Edited byAlan Toomayan
Fox Run Productions
Distributed byNew World Pictures
Release date
March 1, 1985 (1985-03-01)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$3 million[1]

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.



The name of the film was taken from the nickname given to Duel in the Sun (1946).[2]

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.

The film was shot in Santa Fe New Mexico.[3] In the original script Divine's character was supposed to die but the filmmakers changed their mind during filming.[1]

"America is ready for Divine," said Hunter. "There is a vulnerability about this big whale that makes you smile and laugh."[4]


All songs composed by Karen Hart[5]
  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.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b OUTTAKES Taylor, Clarke. Los Angeles Times 23 Dec 1984: o41.
  2. ^ The Western will never bite the dust Scott, Jay. The Globe and Mail; Toronto, Ont. [Toronto, Ont]07 July 1979: P.29.
  3. ^ Latin from Manhattan danced to Hollywood Thomas, Bob. The Globe and Mail 22 June 1984: E.4.
  4. ^ MOVIES: Cult drag queen Divine moving from outrageous to mainstream Beale, Lewis. Chicago Tribune 24 Feb 1985: j8.
  5. ^ Hart, Karen. "Karen Hart Music". Retrieved 2012-09-14.

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