Chile Verde Revisited
Eric Weber | Atlanta, GA United States | 04/02/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Being a huge fan of late greats Divine and Paul Bartel, I've been a fan of this film for many years. I just purchased the DVD edition of this film and was pleasantly surprised by the packaging and information on this disk. The menus are adorned with huge, scary close-ups of Divine's face with the Lust in the Dust theme song playing over the menu selections. It's pretty great! But, best of all, is the 16 minute featurette, More Lust Less Dust which features interviews with stars Tab Hunter and Lainie Kazan as well as other people related with the project. They talk about the fun atmosphere and location shooting (highlighted with stills and home movies) and feature many rare images of Divine and Bartel. The most interesting aspect in the documentary was the discussion of how they wanted to keep the film from being a "John Waters film without John Waters" and the very surprising footage of Edith Massey's screen test for the film! Ultimately, she wasn't used. All in all, a great and funny disc (and at times a touching tribute) that wonderfully displays many of the talents of these two talented (and underestimated) men; Divine and Paul Bartel. We will miss them!"
My idea of side splitting funny material......
reddoberman | 05/06/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"But that's because I happen to think you can't get much funnier than casting a very overweight white male (who thinks he's a female) as a side-saddle burro riding Mexican plus sized siren named Rosie Velez, who is on her way to the dusty desert town of Chile Verde. Miss Kazan, one of moviedoms most underrated comedic actress', shines with her usual brilliance. Definately one of my personal top ten rated comedy pictures of all time. Which means it's right up there with "Some Like it Hot" "Dinner at Eight" and "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World"."
"I've had carnal knowledge of 215 women and 2 goats."
Dymon Enlow | 02/04/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"On the road to Chili Verde Divine hooks up with Tab Hunter, once there they learn of the legend of the gold. Guns fights, cat fights and sexual hijinks follow but it's all too tame. The first 15 minutes are fine with Divine swimming bottomless then wearing out four rapists, but soon the focus of the film drifts away from the campy stuff and goes more about the story of the lost gold. Who cares about the gold?! I want to see Divine half-naked and singing and eating pie underwater and maybe biting a midget on the foot, not searching for gold.
I respect Paul Bartel, but I think John Waters would have been better for this movie. Yea, I know he turned down the job but that doesn't change the fact he probably would have made a better film. At least it would have been cruder and campier and that's what we want right?
Also Gina Gallego didn't have a big enough role."
You'll laugh so hard your a**'ll be on its last legs !!!
Matthew G. Sherwin | last seen screaming at Amazon customer service | 10/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Lust In The Dust is an excellent spoof of western films with plenty of laughs and great entertainment. Many people mistakenly believe that this is a John Waters movie; it is not. Tab Hunter was one of the producers and he plays tough, mysterious gunfighter Able Wood as well.
But already I am getting somewhat ahead of myself. The action actually begins when we see Rosie Velez (Divine) struggling in the heat of the desert with her mule as she tries to get to Chile Verde in New Mexico. Soon she meets up with a rough and tough silent type cowboy who turns out to be the very famous Able Wood; and together they enter Chile Verde.
Rosie wants a job as a singer at the only saloon in town owned by Marguerita Ventura (Lainie Kazan); and the catfights start right from the word go as Rosie and Marguerita don't exactly get along. Sure, Rosie gets a job--scrubbing floors in the saloon, that is! Meanwhile, Able turns out to be in Chile Verde to find the long lost gold treasure allegedly buried there. Although the town's priest (Cesar Romero) denies that the gold treasure actually exists, soon almost everyone in town reveals that they are really there just to find the hidden gold treasure.
Of course there are many laughs along the way. Rosie sings a hilarious song as she auditions to sing in Marguerita's saloon; and Able spars with Hard Case Williams (Geoffrey Lewis), a rough and tough man himself--who is always quoting intimidating passages from the Bible. We get fight scenes and the inevitable race for the gold.
It may seem like I gave it all away; but I really didn't. Look for some very funny scenes with the piano bar player Red Barker (Courtney Gains) and the race for the gold treasure could make any one of several characters--or more than one person--very rich fast. Even after the treasure might actually be found, what happens to Rosie, Able, Marguerita, the town's priest--and the others?
The choreography works really well in the fight scenes; and the cinematography gives us great widescreen shots of the New Mexican desert. Excellent!
The DVD extras include a fifteen minute featurette with Tab Hunter and others telling the story of how this movie came to be a reality; and we get quite a bit of rare bonus footage of people like Edith Massey auditioning for the role of one of the "women of the night" in Marguerita's saloon.
Overall, Lust In The Dust is great entertainment that not enough people take the time to watch. It's fun, hilarious and even better if you've seen a few westerns in your time. It's also based on Duel In The Sun; and many people who remember Duel In The Sun will appreciate the parody of that movie's ending at the end of Lust In The Dust.
I highly recommend Lust In The Dust for people who like movies that spoof westerns; and people who like campy, over the top entertainment will cherish this film for ages to come. With a cast including Divine, Lainie Kazan, Tab Hunter, Cesar Romero and more you just can't miss.