Acción mutante (1993)

Spain, France,
35mm film, colour, 2.35:1
Dolby SR, Spanish

A Spanish/French science fiction comedy directed by Álex de la Iglesia.

Plot Summary

In a future where physical perfection is highly prized, a group of mutant abduct the newly married daughter of businessman Orujo, snatching her from her wedding reception. They plan to issue their demands for better rights for ugly people, but relations within the gang break down and they are soon stranded on the remote planet Axturiax, populated by sex-crazed who haven't seen a woman in years…


Director: Álex de la Iglesia
El Deseo S.A. presents an El Deseo S.A. and Ciba2000 co-production with the participation of TVE
Produced by: Agustín and Pedro Almodóvar
Associate Producer: Esther García
Screenplay: Jorge Guerricaechevarría, Álex de la Iglesia
Director of Photography: Carles Gusi
Editor: Pablo Blanco
Original Music, Adaptation and Librarian: A.D.V.
Sound Recordist: Juan Carlos Cid
Costume Designers: Estíbaliz Markiegi, Lena Mossum
Make-up and Hairdressing: Paca Almenara
Special Make Up Effects: Hipólito Cantero
Art Director: José Luis Arrizabalaga

Antonio Resines (Ramón Yarritu)
Álex Angulo (Alex Abadie)
Frédérique Feder (Patricia Orujo)
Juan Viadas (Juan Abadie)
Karra Elejalde (José Óscar ‘Manitas' Tellería)
Saturnino García (César ‘Quimicefa' Ravenstein)
Fernando Guillén Cuervo as the ominous Orujo
Jaime Blanch (mad newscaster)
Ion Gavella (Jose ‘Chepa' Montero)
Bibí Andersen, Rossy de Palma (exclusive guests)
Enrique San Francisco (the offended groom)
Féodor Atkine as Kaufmann
Felipe Vélez (García)
Paco Maestre (the grandfather)
Ramón Barea (the old blind man)
Alfonso Martínez (Amancio ‘M.A.' González)
Santiago Segura (Ezequiel)
David Gil (Abraham)
Carlos López Perea (Zacarías)
Pedro Luis Lavilla, Kino Puello, Pololo (crazy miners)

Alternative Titles

Action mutante – France
Akcija mutant – Slovenia
Aktion Mutante – Germany
Azione mutante – Italy
Mutant Action



  • Interzone no.78 (December 93) p.34 – review (by Nick Lowe)
  • Interzone no.214 (February 2008) p.57 – review (by Tony Lee)
  • Première [France] December 1993 p.26 – review (by Eric Libiot)


  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.2 – credits
  • The Spanish Fantastic by Shelagh Rowan-Legg pp.27-32 – illustrated essay