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"Those who lust in the dust shall die in the dust"

Directed by Paul Bartel and widely thought of as a cult classic in anti-western movie parodies, 1984's "Lust In The Dust" is a comical spoof on the string of spaghetti westerns made in the 1970's. "Lust In The Dust" features the acting talents of drag queen star Divine as Rosie Velez, Geoffrey Lewis as Hard Case Williams, Tab Hunter as Abel Wood and Lainie Kazan as saloon keeper Marguerita Venture and Henry Silva as the dumb bouncer Bernardo.

"Lust In The Dust" is set in the fictional town of Chili Verde, a no-good forsaken town that has few inhabitants until the Hard Case William's gang discovers that there might be gold buried around the town. A dance hall girl lost in the desert, Rosie Valez hears that there is gold in Chili Verde and decides to call upon Marguerita Venture to help her find it. However, she is not alone in her information as the terrible Hard Case Williams gang has also heard about the gold and is riding into Chilie Verde to find it. The gang encounters Rosie on the way and while a monotone narrator talks of men and their passions, they attempt to rape Rosie. However, Rosie is rescued and taken into town by the handsome and serious Abel Wood. Abel too hears about the gold and this sets in motion a comical sequence of events where the gang tries to eliminate Abel Wood as well as find the map. While they have trouble getting rid of Abel, unfortunately for Rosie, the gang has discovered the she and saloon keeper Marguerita Venture (Kazan) each has one half of the treasure map tattooed on their butt. Desperate to get their hands on the gold as well as Rosie and Marguerita, the Hard Case Williams Gang’s leader, the mean and devious outlaw Hard Case Williams (Lewis), begins to plot a way to lure Rosie and Marguerita into a bedroom so that the gang can get both maps side by side and discover the way to the gold.

"Lust In The Dust" features three famous musical numbers, "Tarnished Tumble Weed" as well as "These Lips Were Made For Kissin’" by Divine and "South Of My Border" by Lainie Kazan. "Lust in the Dust" has received positive reviews from critics as well as from fans who enjoy a comical parody.

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| 1984 | 1 hr 24 min | 6.3/10
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