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The Perfect Crime (El Crimen Perfecto) (2004)

Guillermo Toledo , Mónica Cervera , Álex de la Iglesia  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Guillermo Toledo, Mónica Cervera, Luis Varela, Enrique Villén, Fernando Tejero
  • Directors: Álex de la Iglesia
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tartan Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LPS3AI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,008 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Perfect Crime (El Crimen Perfecto)" on IMDb

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  • Director commentary
  • "The Making of The Perfect Crime" featurette
  • Trailer

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Rafael Gonzales (Guillermo Toledo) plays the consummate department store clerk in The Perfect Crime, a Spanish comedy about the cutthroat world of sales representatives clawing their way to the top. As an employee at Yeyo's, Rafael works in the women's department to maintain womanizing access to fellow hot female coworkers. While competing for a promotion, however, he accidentally kills his competitor, Don Antonio Fraguas (Luis Varela). Witness Lourdes (Monica Cervera), the ugliest woman at Yeyo's, demands sex with Rafael in exchange for keeping his crime secret. As Rafael grows frustrated with this blackmailing arrangement, the ghost of Don Antonio coaches him on how to kill his possessive accomplice. Director Alex de la Iglesia's satire about consumer culture and machismo manifests in Rafael as a love of nice suits and a fear of commitment. Rafael is a buffoon, stealing champagne and lobsters from Yeyo's grocery store, or seducing clerks in dressing rooms. Describing an underwear shopper as "strolling through lingerie like a deer in the undergrowth," Rafael reveals volumes about the kind of character Iglesia mocks. As in Glengarry Glen Ross, humor in The Perfect Crime is a bit morbid, especially when the two sales reps must cram Don Antonio's body into an incinerator. A well-written script, and characters who can turn potentially corny situations into smart black humor, make for pleasant viewing. --Trinie Dalton

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Spanish iconoclast Alex de Iglesia continues to toy with genre conventions in this black comedy, offering up his characteristic social commentary in a skewering of consumerist culture and the superficial values it perpetuates.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars de lo más divertido February 28, 2010
By Barry
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Bueno, es verdad que a los novatos aquí en EE.UU.
que estudian español se les hace difícil entender
lo que se dice por el ceceo de los españoles. Pero,
con todo, esta película la encontré muy aguda,
ingeniosa y de lo más divertida y al verla en la
tele por un canal de habla hispana la compré para
mi colección. Para mí es una película muy acertada
en demostrar como son ciertos tipos de seres humanos,
y tiene un final muy chistoso y una música que pega.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost ferpect film December 8, 2007
I'm not a complete fan of Alex de la Iglesia's movies - he's technically proficient, but the things that tend to interest him (old style cinephilia, terror films of the 70s, pop culture in general) are far from mine. This biting satire of consumerism, though, is probably as perfect (or ferpect) a film as he can make. The movie stars Rafael, who works as the head salesman in the ladies section of a large department store in Madrid (it is subtly touching that Rafael believes his position in society is far more important than it really is). Around him work very beautiful, model-like woman, that he never fails to bed. He's the ruler of a very small kingdom. Soon, a job opens for one of the top posts in the department store, and he founds himself fighting for the promotion against the balding Don Antonio, one of the old-fashioned vendors in the men' section. Rafael accidentally kills him, and after wards disposes of the body. But there is one witness, Lourdes, the ugliest worker in the department store (and I mean, really ugly), who is in love with Rafael. She's also something of a psycho, has a really crazy family and she will then proceed to blackmail Rafael into marrying her in order not to blow the whistle about the murder; a nightmare for the consummate ladies man that is Rafael. The last 20 minutes are something of a letdown (De la Iglesia probably didn't knew how to end the story, since a tragic ending would be out of line with the farcical tone of the movie before), but overall this is a surprisingly strong, entertaining movie, that is also hilariously critical of capitalism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites movies ever! June 15, 2014
By Geo L
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This movie is so funny, I only wish it was available in blu ray with HD quality. It'd be awesome also if it was doubled to English so I can share it with friends that don't like subtitles.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Unorganized Seller April 5, 2014
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I was sent the wrong movie at first and then the only copy of the correct one had no english subtitles. It was a major disappointment. This film is great but the seller cleary was unorganized. I did get a refund but I was still disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Foreign Film December 17, 2012
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This is an excellent movie. Very funny! I saw it during it's theatrical release and then decided to own a copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Keeper For My Collection! July 19, 2012
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Been a fan of Alex de la Iglesia since Accion Mutante! Even if he's being more mainstream, the film is still wicked funny, always slightly demented and well paced with some inspired performances. Certainly held my interest and I would watch it again with no problem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely hysterical December 12, 2011
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I cannot recommend it enough to those who like something refreshingly different in comedy which turns dark and takes all kinds of twists and turns throughout. Don Antonio's ghoulish ghost who accompanies Rafael in the second part of the movie is absolutely hysterical. Even smaller parts like the table scene when Rafael goes to Lourdes' home for dinner is a must see with neurotic mom, dad who just can't anymore and sleeps sitting up to escape the family dysfunction, and the little sister who will declare anything for shock value to make mamma pass out in front of their guest. Every little part of the film has something incredibly funny. You will laugh 'til you howl.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! March 12, 2011
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I love the Spanish sense of humor (as in from Spain). There is also another great movie from this director: El Dia De La Bestia (The Day Of The Beast) [NTSC/REGION 1 & 4 DVD. Import-Latin America]. I also liked Common Wealth. 800 Bullets was not that great, but you can't ace them all.
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