Taglines: He rode the West… The girls rode the rest! Together they ravaged the land!
A controversial spoof on the Spaghetti western (some love it, some hate it), Lust in the Dust features the 300-pound Divine as the inimitable Rosie Velez, riding into view in full drag on a poor donkey as solemn commentary muddles on about the passions that enslave men and women — and then Rosie, who weighs more than the donkey, is gang-raped by Hard Case Williams’ (Geoffrey Lewis) outlaws.
Eventually Rosie is rescued by the tough, taciturn cowboy Abel Wood (Tab Hunter), and together they reach the miserable town of Chili Verde where the entire population, not many after all, can always be found at a saloon run by Marguerita Ventura (Lainie Kazan) and her nit-wit bouncer/gunslinger, Bernardo (Henry Silva).
Abel soon discovers that the reason why the population is so interested in Marguerita’s saloon has nothing to do with hard liquor — Marguerita and Rosie each have one half of a map of buried treasure tattooed on their backsides, and everyone wants a look at the whole map. That situation introduces rather absurd bedroom farce. Viewers with a very broad if not bawdy sense of humor will most enjoy this earthy exercise in parody.
Lust in the Dust is a 1985 Western comedy film starring Tab Hunter, Divine, Lainie Kazan, Geoffrey Lewis, Henry Silva, Gina Gallego, Cesar Romero, Nedra Volz and Courtney Gains, and directed by Paul Bartel.
Lust in the Dust (1985)
Directed by: Paul Bartel
Starring: Tab Hunter, Divine, Lainie Kazan, Geoffrey Lewis, Henry Silva, Gina Gallego, Cesar Romero, Nedra Volz, Courtney Gains
Screenplay by: Philip John Taylor
Production Design by: Walter Pickette
Cinematography by: Paul Lohmann
Film Editing by: Alan Toomayan
Costume Design by: Dona Granata
Set Decoration by: Al Eisenmann, Margot Kilbey
Music by: Peter Matz
Distributed by: New World Pictures
Release Date: March 1, 1985