Lust in the Dust  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Lust in the Dust is a 1985 film starring Divine, Tab Hunter, Cesar Romero, and Lainie Kazan, directed by Paul Bartel. It takes its title from a longstanding nickname given to the 1946 Western Duel in the Sun.

For his performance in this film, Divine was nominated for the Worst Actor award in the 1985 Golden Raspberry Awards, but did not win.



Dance-hall "girl" Rosie Velez (Divine), lost in the desert, is helped to safety by gunman Abel Wood (Tab Hunter). In the town of Chili Verde, at the saloon of Marguerita Ventura (Lainie Kazan), a word of a treasure in gold brings Abel into conflict with outlaw Hard Case Williams (Geoffrey Lewis) and his gang.



  • This is the first film that Divine doesn't work with John Waters.
  • The title comes from the famous production nickname of Duel in the Sun (1946).
  • John Waters was asked to direct the film but refused because he did not write the script.
  • Edith Massey auditioned for the part of Big Ed, but Paul Bartel did not want her in the film because he thought it would look too much like a John Waters film without John Waters.


  1. Tarnished Tumbleweed - Mike Stull
  2. These Lips Were Made for Kissin' - Divine
  3. South of My Border - Lainie Kazan

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