Lust in the Dust (Widescreen)
After forming a match made in trash-movie heaven in John Waters's Polyester, Tab Hunter and Divine reunited for this deliciously tasteless Western comedy, which borrows its title from the nickname for Duel in the Sun, the turgid Western that inspired director Paul Bartel's affectionate spoofery. With Hunter wearing two hats as hero and coproducer, the movie indulges its own outrageous excess while staying true to the dustiest traditions of the Western genre. It's just good enough to watch without shame, and rude enough to hide from more offendable members of the family.
Nothing's sacred in Chile Verde, the wild western town where lone gunman Abel Wood (Hunter) arrives after rescuing corpulent saloon singer Rosie Velez (Divine) from being defiled by Hard Case Williams (Geoffey Lewis) and his gang of misfit gunslingers. Saloon owner Marguerita Ventura (Lainie Kazan) gets hot 'n' heavy for Abel's wood, and passions flare up in a race for hidden treasure, the map to which is tattooed in two sections on Rosie's and Marguerita's ample posteriors. To reveal more would spoil the wretched hilarity; one needn't love Westerns to enjoy this pig-wallow of a comedy, but it helps if you know the legacy of screen villains like Henry Silva, who's riotous here while barely shifting his vile expression. No doubt, this is the wackiest Western that ever cooked under the "blistering, burning, blazing, scorching, roasting, toasting, baking, boiling, broiling, steaming, searing, sizzling, grilling, smoldering, very hot New Mexico sun." --Jeff Shannon
Top Customer Reviews
At the beginning of the movie the narrator says "Those who lust in the dust, shall die in the dust". If only Divine had dropped dead in his/her first frame. If that isn't bad enough, not four minutes into the picture viewers are subjected to a Divine naked-butt shot. I thought I had a pretty strong stomach, being a fan of movies like BLOODSUCKING FREAKS and I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, but this was disturbing!
The plot- Divine has half a treasure map tattooed on that scary tuckus of hers/his. So she and Tab Hunter set out across the desert to find the other half of the map so Divine can fulfill his/her dream of becoming a singer when they locate the booty(bad choice of word). Will viewers be spared another gratuitous not-so divine rump flashing? Is this REALLY the comedy-western to end all comedy-westerns? Not just that- LUST IN THE DUST nearly killed westerns, period. Luckily seven years later along came UNFORGIVEN; which is how the makers of this picture should remain. The talents of Lainie Kazan, Henry Silva and Caesar Romero are wasted. Do yourself a favor and check out EATING RAOUL instead.
If you have ever seen Divine who plays Rosie Velez you will see how this rolly polly borderline ... character can come off so ... funny. Lainie Kazan plays a lusty busty saloon owner named Marguerita Ventura . Now the basics of the movie are Rosies and Marguerita's ample ... which hold part of a map to hidden treasure.
And if you can invision what the guys will do to get a look at the maps and the surprises involved with some really funny outhouse and bar room scenes then you will know why this and all of Mr Water's movies are a must own.
Most recent customer reviews
I did not enjoy this movie at all. Poor story and poor acting. Don't buy this piece of crap.Published on Dec 31 2009 by T. Lyle Paulett
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... Read morePublished on May 6 2004 by J.W. Green
It isn't the greatest movie ever, but it has some great moments. I am buying this strictly to hear Divine's pub room song. It is th highlight of the film. Read morePublished on July 29 2003 by ArtSpiker
My maiden name was Bute. Need I say more?? I loved this movie, it's a campy blast!Published on June 18 2003
No, it's not Academy Award calibre, and it isn't going to cure all the world's ills, and it won't even make any reviewer's Top Ten lists. Read morePublished on Oct. 1 2002
....is like apple pie without ice cream. This is sure to disappoint those who think Divine made John Waters' movies entertaining. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2002 by BuyCurious
One of the funniest films of the 1980's. By far Paul Bartel's best work. Seeing Divine sing THESE LIPS ARE MADE FOR KISSIN' is worth the price of the DVD.Published on Nov. 22 2001
I'm sorry to be the naysayer here, but I feel like someone should warn the general populace who might buy this movie thinking it might be another "Hairspray. Read morePublished on Sept. 8 2001