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Perdita Durango

Director Alex de la Iglesia followed up his Spanish hit The Day of the Beast with this 1997 English-language feature scripted by Barry Gifford (Wild at Heart). Rosie Perez plays the title character, a Mexican spitfire who hooks up with a ruthless criminal (Javier Bardem); at the behest of a drug lord they smuggle a shipment of human fetuses across the border, and en route to Las Vegas they kidnap a pair of teen lovers so Bardem can sacrifice them in a Santeria ritual. Gifford's brand of psycho-noir has never done much for me, and as lovers on the run, Perez and Bardem make a pretty repulsive couple. But the eclectic supporting cast includes Alex Cox, James Gandolfini, and Screamin' Jay Hawkins. R, 124 min.

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