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7/10
Noir Send Up
clarkca29 October 2003
This is one of those movies that you see, have no expectations for, and it makes you bust a gut. I had the same reaction to Strange Brew when I first saw it. I love the steamy south-of-the-border feel, the noir farce, and the over-the-top characters. This is the kind of movie, if it had had a wider audience, that could have a cult following.
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10/10
Flea's Best Performance
munky_funky3 May 2007
I will always remember the first time I saw this movie. Two friends and I had traveled from Louisiana to Montana staying at nothing but campgrounds for five days in the summer of 1989. On the last day before we reached our destination, we stayed at a Motel Six in Missoula Montana. That night The Blue Iguana came on HBO. From the moment 'Floyd' stepped on the screen, all we could do was laugh and ask who in the hell is that. It took us awhile to realize that it was Flea. We were all big Chili Pepper fans so from that moment we were hooked. Till this day, I think this was Flea's best performance in film. He was hysterical. If you like Flea, this film is a must. If not, view this film at your own risk. His performance is over the top just like the way he plays Bass.
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A very amusing life-is-cheap movie
ericl-211 February 2000
I don't know why Leonard Maltin's Move Guide gives this one a bomb. It's a quite amusing life-is-cheap movie that affords some of our favorite character actors (James Russo, Jessica Harper, Dean Stockwell, Tovah Feldshuh) the chance to chew some very fine jungle scenery. McDermott spends the whole movie with only one expression on his face (a smirk, I believe it's called) that could stand for the attitude the whole movie adopts towards what goes on therein. Maybe that's what p***ed Maltin off, but I liked it.

Harper, in particular, makes perhaps the best female crime boss since the '70s heyday of the "Mama" subgenre (Winters in Bloody Mama, Dickinson in Big Bad Mama I and II, Leachman in Crazy Mama). Stockwell's neckbrace-and-Coke-bottle-glasses-wearing, Q-tip swabbing secret agent is mighty funny too. Very enjoyable.
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10/10
The best B-movie ever made
jan-181012 November 1999
The Blue Iguana contains everything; action, rock'n roll, good actors, humour, a different story, lots of unexpected happenings. For me it,s one of the top ten of movies ever made, and it's the only freaky low budget B-movie on the ranking. If you haven't seen it, DO IT! Welcome to Diablo!
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10/10
funny, and that's what matters
doc-zaius10 January 2002
this movie is a great moment of fun if you're willing to accept anything happening on screen as believable (which is though, I must admit it). Stockwell is as great as always and Dylan McDermott really seems to enjoy his character. Plus the too often underrated Pamela Gidley and a bunch of actors who sometimes look undirected but having fun themselves, Blue Iguana will never make it to the "greatest movies of all time" list but is will make you have a good moment, which seems to be his goal.
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10/10
Yano Anaya was great in this movie
jeff-8921 April 1999
This is one of my favorites. Dylan McDermott and Yano Anaya accepts a high risk offer from the I.R.S. to recover $20 million from a crooked bank in a sleepy little town of Diablo. Alot of people haven't heard of it but it's awesome!! And it even has a cameo appearence by Dean Stockwell. 5 ***** all the way!!!
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7/10
Bounty Hunter hunting for the big bucks.
jf-r4 January 2002
Excellent movie - Finally found the video after searching for a while. The quality of the tape was not the best, but I really enjoyed watching this movie for the second time. Flea made me remember this one, since I saw it the first time(ca.1990). He should have gotten an Oscar for his performance!
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3/10
Waste of time and talent .........
merklekranz9 September 2010
This send up of noir, with prodigious spaghetti western influence, is a real disaster. The director must have just called the cast together with a vague outline of the script, and simply turned them loose, hoping for the best. Dean Stockwell is almost unrecognizable as a nerdy I.R.S. agent, and James Russo plays a cartoon-like villain. The weird soundtrack is sort of a conglomeration of Ennio Morricone western spaghetti and doo-wop, and is without question, the best part of this scrambled mess. Naturally you get a good dose of car chases, and explosions, along with all the other nonsense. In summary, a waste of time and talent. - MERK
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10/10
DYLAN MCDERMOTT AND YANO ANAYA DID A GOOD JOB!
jeff-8920 October 1998
THIS MOVIE IS FUNNY AND IT'S ADVENTURE TYPE. NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE SEEN THIS MOVIE NOR HEARD OF IT BUT IT'S ONE OF MY FAVORITES AND I WOULD RECOMMEND IT. THERE WERE GOOD PERFORMANCES FROM DYLAN MCDERMOTT,YANO ANAYA,AND DEAN STOCKWELL. ALSO DID YOU NOTICE DYLAN MCDERMOTT HAS A CIGARETTE IN HIS MOUTH THROUGH BASICALLY THE WHOLE MOVIE!!
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Got a free ticket, but still paid too much...
Navin_R_Johnson21 February 2017
When this movie came out in the theaters in 1988, I won a free ticket from the local radio station. I got to take 3 friends and we ended up walking out about 20 minutes into the movie... It was really bad! It all started with some guy showing up at a hotel, The Blue Iguana. Can't exactly say what was wrong with it, but it was just all-around terrible.

Many years later it was playing on HBO. I turned it on, watched 5 minutes, then turned the channel. It is still bad all these years later! Please don't waste your time watching this movie! I am glad that a few of the people in the movie went on to successful careers, I bet they hope this movie remains unknown...
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