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El mariachi (1992)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  26 February 1993 (USA)
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A traveling mariachi is mistaken for a murderous criminal and must hide from a gang bent on killing him.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Consuelo Gómez ...
Jaime de Hoyos ...
Bigotón (as Jaime De Hoyos)
Peter Marquardt ...
Reinol Martinez ...
Ramiro Gómez ...
Cantinero (as Ramiro Gomez)
Jesús López ...
Viejo Clerk (as Jesus Lopez)
Luis Baró ...
Domino's Assistant (as Luis Baro)
Oscar Fabila ...
The Boy
Poncho Ramón ...
Azul's Rat (as Poncho Ramon)
Fernando Martínez ...
Azul's Rat (as Fernando Martinez)
Manuel Acosta ...
Bodyguard
Walter Vargas ...
Prisoner
Roberto Martinez ...
Prisoner
Virgen Delgado ...
Female Bodyguard
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Storyline

El Mariachi just wants to play his guitar and carry on the family tradition. Unfortunately, the town he tries to find work in has another visitor...a killer who carries his guns in a guitar case. The drug lord and his henchmen mistake El Mariachi for the killer, Azul, and chase him around town trying to kill him and get his guitar case. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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He didn't come looking for trouble, but trouble came looking for him. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence | See all certifications »

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26 February 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$2,040,920 (USA)
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Trivia

The Mariachi's line, "Free coconuts," was added later after Robert Rodriguez realized they didn't show him paying for the coconut. See more »

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When Moco's men enter the prison looking for Azul, one of them gets shot several times in chest. Later, when he is dragged into a cell, his white shirt shows no signs of blood. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mauricio: Good morning, Azul. Know who this is?
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Soundtracks

Mariachi Love Theme
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User Reviews

 
Still amazes me
29 August 2002 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

I just did myself a big favor and bought "El Mariachi/Desperado" double DVD and even though I've seen both of these timeless classics before especially this one keeps on amazing me. Obviously it's rather easy to make a good, solid action movie when you got the talent and huge quantities of money to spend on it but it's a lot harder to do it without the cash and only with your talent and creativity. That's why "El Mariachi" is in many ways still the best movie of Robert Rodriguez.

The fact that someone can come up with something as gripping, cool, stylish and suspenseful as this with only a 7000 dollar budget is miraculous. "El Mariachi" is certainly one of the best action flicks I've ever seen, it's an incredible work of art from a 20+ year old lad. It doesn't have a single dull moment, every scene is a pure genius. Just look at the extremely vivid and highly clever way film has been photographed and edited to make it more exciting. One of the biggest low budget masterpieces of the movie history. Definitely 10 out of 10.


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