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With this sequel to his prize-winning independent previous film, "El Mariachi," director Robert Rodriquez joins the ranks of Sam Peckinpah and John Woo as a master of slick, glamorized ultra-violence. We pick up the story as a continuation of "El Mariachi," where an itinerant musician, looking for work, gets mistaken for a hitman and thereby entangled in a web of love, corruption, and death. This time, he is out to avenge the murder of his lover and the maiming of his fretting hand, which occurred at the end of the earlier movie. However, the plot is recapitulated, and again, a case of mistaken identity leads to a very high body count, involvement with a beautiful woman who works for the local drug lord, and finally, the inevitable face-to-face confrontation and bloody showdown. Written by Tad Dibbern <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, a strong sex sequence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 August 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El Mariachi 2  »

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Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)


$25,625,110 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie was originally entitled "El Pistolero" ("The Gunman") to be consistent with the first film (El Mariachi (1992)) but was changed at the request of the studio. In Mexico it was released as "Pistolero". See more »


Throughout the film the spur can be hear on El Mariachi's right foot fall. When he appears beside Carolina in the Cafe scene when she opens the guitar case, it is not heard at all. See more »


Short Bartender: ¡Matalo!
[kill him]
El Mariachi: Not yet.
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Manifold De Amour
Written by David Hidalgo & Louie Perez (as Louis Perez)
Performed by Latin Playboys
Courtesy of Slash/Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Extremely likable action movie.
30 January 2004 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Sharp knives, big guns, awesome fights, great dialog, wonderful characters and Selma Hayek looks better then ever. These are just a few reasons why I like this movie.

"Desperado" is more than an action movie. It has tons of fun in it which makes the movie extremely likable to watch. The action is way over the top but it works very well since the movie obviously doesn't take itself serious. It's fun and cool to watch at the same time.

"Desperado" is a kind of movie that really needs no story and basically there isn't really any. All the fun characters, dialog and action sequences make you forget that there isn't really a story. The Quentin Tarantino cameo is especially entertaining and so are almost every Mexican bad guy that are all in one way or another over the top.

A must see, in my opinion.


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