6.9/10
52,174
130 user 56 critic

El Mariachi (1992)

El mariachi (original title)
Trailer
1:38 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
A traveling mariachi is mistaken for a murderous criminal and must hide from a gang bent on killing him.

Director:

7 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Desperado (1995)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A gunslinger is embroiled in a war with a local drug runner.

Director: Robert Rodriguez
Stars: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Joaquim de Almeida
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Hitman "El Mariachi" becomes involved in international espionage involving a psychotic CIA agent and a corrupt Mexican general.

Director: Robert Rodriguez
Stars: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Johnny Depp
Machete (2010)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After being set-up and betrayed by the man who hired him to assassinate a Texas Senator, an ex-Federale launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss.

Directors: Ethan Maniquis, Robert Rodriguez
Stars: Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Robert De Niro
Crime | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results.

Director: Robert Rodriguez
Stars: Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Juliette Lewis
Planet Terror (2007)
Action | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After an experimental bio-weapon is released, turning thousands into zombie-like creatures, it's up to a rag-tag group of survivors to stop the infected and those behind its release.

Director: Robert Rodriguez
Stars: Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodríguez, Josh Brolin
Grindhouse (2007)
Action | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's homage to exploitation double features in the 60s and 70s with two back-to-back cult films that include previews of coming attractions between them.

Directors: Robert Rodriguez, Eli Roth, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Kurt Russell, Rose McGowan, Danny Trejo
Machete Kills (2013)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The U.S. government recruits Machete to battle his way through Mexico in order to take down an arms dealer who looks to launch a weapon into space.

Director: Robert Rodriguez
Stars: Danny Trejo, Alexa PenaVega, Mel Gibson
Death Proof (2007)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two separate sets of voluptuous women are stalked at different times by a scarred stuntman who uses his "death proof" cars to execute his murderous plans.

Director: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Kurt Russell, Zoë Bell, Rosario Dawson
Four Rooms (1995)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Four interlocking tales that take place in a fading hotel on New Year's Eve.

Directors: Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Tim Roth, Amanda De Cadenet, David Proval
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.

Director: Oliver Stone
Stars: Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore
Jackie Brown (1997)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A middle-aged woman finds herself in the middle of a huge conflict that will either make her a profit or cost her life.

Director: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Some of Sin City's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few of its more reviled inhabitants.

Directors: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

death | mariachi | guitar | assassin | gun | See All (257) »

Taglines:

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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 February 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El Mariachi  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$7,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$2,040,920 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Robert Rodriguez's original budget projection was $9,000. He brought his film in on time and under budget, mainly by shooting only one take for every scene, thereby saving on film. See more »

Goofs

When people get shot, numerous times the weightlifting belt that is used to house the squib is visible underneath the person's shirt. See more »

Quotes

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

Crazy Credits

Turtle... Tito La Tortuga See more »

Connections

Referenced in Kite (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Mariachi Love Theme
Written and Performed by Cecilio Rodríguez (as Cecilio Rodriguez)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
a bang of a debut
29 April 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Robert Rodriguez has his first little/big film here that is by no means big money wise. The book written by Rodriguez, Rebel Without a Crew, illustrates this point very well, but to see the film in its present form you might wonder if it really cost more than he says. But it's this same grit that adds to its rough charm, like a slightly more cartoonish, crazy and action-packed film in the vein of Night of the Living Dead (shoe-string done with a level of truth for what the genre material needs). The budget for this film was 7000. That is the cheapest price for a film given wide release I've still heard of, and probably is. And watching this film I noticed that a lot the big hundreds of millions of dollars spent on other films, while usually bankrolled with high-powered Hollywood casts and immense crews working on special effects, they lost an intensity that this film has even in its brief quiet scenes. Plus, as in the rest of the Mariachi films, it's often got a slick, quick sense of humor where Rodriguez's compositions say almost all there needs to be said. The story shows a singing musician (El Mariachi) who is not looking for trouble, but everyone is wanting to kill a man carrying a guitar case, which he has. It's a nifty little classic of exploitation/action that was meant for video markets but doesn't compromise. It's even got OK acting.


13 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Better than Desperado? dave_wlogan
Exploding the $7000 myth Petros000
Making cheap movies in the current time Lin301
What does El Mariachi mean in english? tonyhawk921
Domino RS-Bundy
Box set? The_Crazed_Madman
Discuss El Mariachi (1992) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?