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  • Actors: Tab Hunter, Divine, Lainie Kazan, Geoffrey Lewis, Cesar Romero
  • Directors: Paul Bartel
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Colour, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Pickwick
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Sept. 2007
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UZPMBC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,721 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Legendary Cult Classic! Welcome to Chile Verde, a REALLY wild western town steeped in rumours of a buried fortune in gold. Drawn into a tangled web of greed, passion and yet more greed are voluptuous singer Rosie Velez (Divine) and lone gunfighter Abel Wood (Tab Hunter). Helped and hindered by saloon owner Marguerita Ventura (Lainie Kazan) and pursued by outlaw Hard Case Williams (Geoffrey Lewis) and his gang, the hapless treasure hunters try to decipher the limerick and locate the two halves of the map that will lead them to their destiny. The only problem being that to find the map means going far further south of the border than anyone anticipated! Co-starring Cesar Romero, Henry Silva, Woody Strode and directed by Paul Bartel (Eating Raoul, Death Race 2000), this hilarious comedy spoof western truly sizzles under the hot desert sun.

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A saucy, irreverent, quite funny send-up of the Western --Variety --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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Of all the movies that the late Divine made, this one is my favourite. Although John Waters had nothing to do with this one [Tab Hunter was mainly responsible] it plays as well as Waters' Polyester [DVD] which also features Tab Hunter, so maybe Tab picked up a few hints:) The script is basically a good old fashioned Cowboy Movie of the Clint Eastwood sort [basically this is a re-write of Clint's spaghetti westerns], with not as many twists as you might expect... maybe a bit more 'adult' humour than a John Wayne movie. Divine is in great form, and clearly having a ball playing the distraught heroine, Hunter is the Eastwood clone, and a very sultry job he makes of it too. The rest of the cast are clearly in on the joke, and all seem to be having a ball in the desert. As a movie, it plays well, gallops along and plenty of gags. As a Divine vehicle, it was his last movie, and to me it was his best of the mainstream movies Polyester, Hairspray [DVD] although I doubt if Divine would ever have been accepted fully as a mainstream artist. Then again, that's why his fans love him, because he was outside of all that [although he wanted to be accepted, and to be taken 'seriously as an actor'] Anyway, this is a great old romp, Divine's 'singing' in the movie is worth the admission alone:)
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I love this film. I showed "Lust In The Dust" in my own cinema on its release in 1985 on a double bill with "Body Double" What a long programme !!! Not everyones cup of tea, but I found the film hilarious and never tire of watching it again. Like all Divine films they stand the test of being able to re-watch. I must state that not everyone was as enthusiatic about the film as I was. When part of a tresure map is found on the backside of none other than Divine, then the hunt is on to find the other half. This comedy western then travels to a sleepy town called Chile Verde (which means green chilli for those who dont speak Spanish) and the utterly ridiculous turns comically corrupt. The film is deliciously distasteful fun and features Divine singing a bawdy love song. There is a brilliant supporting caste with Tab Hunter, Lainie Kazan, Geoffrey Lewis, Henry Silva and Cesar Romero. This is one of the films Divine did away from John Walters (in fact it was directed by Paul Bartel) it would have been interesting to see what John Walters would have done with this. No doubt Mink Stole would have have been somewhere in there and Edith Massey did audition for the part of the old saloon gal who want to go to Abilene, but was too ill to appear.
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By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 9 May 2014
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This spoof western is spot-on and can be recommended wholeheartedly to people who don't even like westerns - in fact they are more likely to be in tune with it than fans of the genre, given how ridiculous the events portrayed are. Yet it is close enough to serious models to be very funny. All the types are there, the strong silent hero who looks a bit like Clint Eastwood and seems to be refusing to speak to Divine to remain true to his archetype, the brazen prostitute who runs the bar, and a whole chorus of Wild West types who are ready to throw punches at the least provocation - as are the girls, with Divine rolling around in the dust trying to get her own way. She sings on arrival at Chili Verde, an absolute show-stopper than whets the appetite of some while drawing ungenerous comments from others. It's a sort of Mae West send-up, not that she looks like Mae West at all, here sporting a luxuriant brunette wig. But in her way she looks fabulous, and acts it, even on all fours scrubbing the floor she has that unmistakeable class, a kind of Cinderella syndrome in a fuller figure. A young lad who plays the piano and looks a bit like Mickey Rooney clearly takes a shine to her and later pleasures her under the covers, giving rise to the saucy expressions of ecstasy that were so much part of the persona when the character could escape being downtrodden and taken advantage of in the wrong way (see Polyester for a heartfelt version of this) ... But here it is not fantasy, this phwoarsome young lad is for real, although sadly the situation seems to be too much for him. The story, which is preposterous, hangs on a frantic scramble for buried treasure using a map only half of which is tattooed on Divine's bottom. To give more away would spoil the fun, but if this kind of thing appeals its re-release can only be greeted with squeals of delight. The cover alone gives a good idea of the tone.
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This is the spaghetti western Clint Eastwood never made as shot for shot it sends up the great man's genre. Divine is divine as the saloon girl in search of the gold as is Tab Hunter as the man with no name. It is very funny, very crude - wait till you find out how the piano player dies, ending up stuffed inside his instrument - and worth every penny. This is not great cinema, and certainly not art, but it is entertainment which is what everyone set out to provide.
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I watched this a dozen times 10 years ago. It's lost its edge now, but if you haven't seen it, I recommend it, and you might love it. I can't quite grasp Bartel's career - he was vaguely amusing and on the fringe, but why did he get 200 acting jobs? His acting in Eating Raoul (and Piranha) is pretty amateurish. The audition tapes of Edith Massey are embarrassing - why audition her at all? Either you want her and you want a Waters lookalike movie or you don't. Auditioning her is as pointless as auditioning Divine - either you want him or you don't. Edith Massey was too ill to film the part of Big Ed in the end, luckily for us, if not for her. Favourite Divine quote: "All my life I wanted to look like Elizabeth Taylor. Now Elizabeth Taylor looks like me."
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