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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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With a guitar in his hand and a price on his head, he wasn't 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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Release Date:

26 February 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El Mariachi  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$2,040,920 (USA)
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Trivia

Robert Rodriguez was producer, director, writer, special-effect man, etc, the only job he didn't do was act, as there would be no one else to operate the camera. See more »

Goofs

When the Mariachi picks up the first gun and makes his first kill (at thirty minutes into the movie), the gun type changes. In the first shot of that sequence, it is a Mac-10. In the next shots where the Mariachi is firing at the camera, it changes to something resembling a Tec-9. Finally, it switches back to a Mac-10. See more »

Quotes

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

Followed by Desperado (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Mariachi Solo
Written and Performed by Álvaro Rodríguez (as Alvaro Rodriguez)
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User Reviews

a simple yet impressively made film
20 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

What could easily be viewed as just a simple B-movie turns into an impressive, gritty and action-packed independent feature from director Robert Rodriguez. It's the volatile, gripping story of a wandering guitarist who arrives in a small Mexican town looking for a big break, but unfortunately a case of mistaken identity makes him the target of the town's cold-blooded boss and his vile henchmen who are bent on killing him. Shot for a remarkable $7,000, and featuring a cast of newcomers and generally unknowns, this formidable little feature still packs a punch with violent, pumped-up action scenes and credible performances. Nothing ever truly breathtaking, but a respectable showing nonetheless. ***


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