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Desperado -- This sexy sequel to EL MARIACHI follows a mysterious guitar player (Antonio Banderas) as he seeks vengeance against the men who murdered his girlfriend.
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Writer (WGA):
Robert Rodriguez (written by)
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Release Date:
25 August 1995 (USA) See more »
He came back to settle the score with someone. Anyone. EVERYONE. See more »
A gunslinger is embroiled in a war with a local drug runner. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Decent, but not as good as others would like you to believe. See more (200 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Antonio Banderas ... El Mariachi

Salma Hayek ... Carolina

Joaquim de Almeida ... Bucho

Cheech Marin ... Short Bartender

Steve Buscemi ... Buscemi

Carlos Gómez ... Right Hand (as Carlos Gomez)

Quentin Tarantino ... Pick-up Guy
Tito Larriva ... Tavo
Angel Aviles ... Zamira

Danny Trejo ... Navajas
Abraham Verduzco ... Niño

Carlos Gallardo ... Campa
Albert Michel Jr. ... Quino
David Alvarado ... Buddy

Angela Lanza ... Tourist Girl

Mike Moroff ... Shrug

Robert Arevalo ... Opponent
Gerardo Moscoso ... Priest
Peter Marquardt ... Moco
Consuelo Gómez ... Domino (as Consuelo Gomez)
Jaime de Hoyos ... Bigoton (as Jaime De Hoyos)

Cristos ... Cristos

Richie Gaona ... Case Opener

Mark Dalton ... Fighting Barfly
Tommy Nix ... Fighting Barfly

Patricia Vonne ... Bar Girl

Elizabeth Rodriguez ... Mariachi Fan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Enrique Iglesias ... 1 of the 3 hitmen searching for Antonio (uncredited)
Reinol Martinez ... Guy Scolding Niño Outside Tarasco Bar (uncredited)
Diego Sandoval ... Empty Gun Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Rodriguez 
Writing credits
Robert Rodriguez (written by)

Produced by
Elizabeth Avellan .... co-producer (as Elizabeth Avellán)
Bill Borden .... producer
Carlos Gallardo .... co-producer
Robert Rodriguez .... producer
Original Music by
Los Lobos 
Cinematography by
Guillermo Navarro (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert Rodriguez 
Production Design by
Cecilia Montiel 
Art Direction by
Felipe Fernández del Paso  (as Felipe Fernandez del Paso)
Costume Design by
Graciela Mazón 
Makeup Department
Rosie Duprat Fort .... assistant hair stylist (as Rosa Elisa Duprat R.)
Rosie Duprat Fort .... assistant makeup artist (as Rosa Elisa Duprat R.)
Ermahn Ospina .... hair stylist
Ermahn Ospina .... makeup artist
Douglas J. White .... special effects makeup & prosthetics (as Douglas White)
Allan A. Apone .... special makeup designer (uncredited)
Production Management
Tony Mark .... unit production manager
Luz María Rojas .... unit production manager (as Luz Maria Rojas Magnon)
Tamara Smith .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Diego Sandoval .... second assistant director
Batan Silva .... first assistant director (as Sebastian Gaetano Silva)
Joaquin Silva .... second second assistant director
Antonio Banderas .... director: bathroom scene (uncredited)
Steve M. Davison .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Mark 'Digger' Green .... assistant property master (as Mark Green)
Terry Haskell .... property master
Ricardo M. Kaplan .... assistant art director
Eduardo Lopez .... lead dresser
Ernesto López Ríos .... construction coordinator (as Ernesto Lopez Rios)
Sound Department
Dean Beville .... supervising sound editor
Matthew C. Beville .... sound editor (as Matthew Beville)
Edmond J. Coblentz Jr. .... assistant sound editor
Thomas Raymond Fabbricante .... assistant sound editor
Judee Flick .... adr editor
Gary S. Gerlich .... sound editor (as Gary Gerlich)
Greg Hedgepath .... sound editor (as Gregory A. Hedgepath)
Pedro Mejía .... boom operator (as Pedro Mejia)
Sergio Reyes .... sound re-recording mixer
B. Tennyson Sebastian III .... sound re-recording mixer (as Tennyson Sebastian III)
Frank Smathers .... foley editor (as Frank T. Smathers)
Charles Ewing Smith .... dialogue editor
Mark Ulano .... production sound mixer
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
Derek Marcil .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Marvin Walowitz .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
B.J. Shelley .... special effects assistant
Bob Shelley .... special effects coordinator
Malinda Shelley .... special effects assistant
Steve Fink .... prosthetics technician (uncredited)
David Alvarado .... stunts
Julian Bucio .... stunts (as Julian Bucio Montemayor)
Steve M. Davison .... stunt coordinator
Richie Gaona .... stunts
Ramiro González .... stunts (as Ramiro Gonzalez)
Allan R.J. Joseph .... stunts (as Allan R. J. Joseph)
Henry Kingi Jr. .... stunts (as Henry Masao Kingi Jr.)
Javier Lambert .... stunts (as Javier Lambert Rodriguez)
Troy Robinson .... stunts
Gilbert Rosales .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
David Berryman .... second assistant camera
Ricardo Oscar Fernández .... first assistant camera (as Ricardo Oscar Fernandez)
Joaquin Gutierrez .... second assistant camera
Gerardo Manjarrez .... first assistant camera (as Gerardo Manjarrez Chavez)
Marco Morales Echeverría .... second grip (as Marco Morales Echeverria)
Fernando Moreno .... chief lighting technician
Robert Rodriguez .... Steadicam operator
Jesús Romero .... key grip (as Jesus Romero)
Antonio Sánchez Romero .... best boy electric (as Antonio Sanchez Romero)
Rico Torres .... still photographer
Juan Martín .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
David Giella .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alana Caudillo .... wardrobe assistant (as Alana Ackley)
Ireri Mazón Salas .... wardrobe assistant
Adolfo Ramírez .... wardrobe supervisor: men (as Adolfo Ramirez)
Carlos Mungia Rodríguez .... wardrobe supervisor: women (as Carlos Mungia Rodriguez)
Editorial Department
Erik C. Andersen .... non-linear associate editor
Daniel Fort .... assistant film editor (as Daniel A. Fort)
Gloria Kaiser .... color timer
Ethan Maniquis .... assistant film editor
David Orr .... color timer
Joaquin Gonzalo Avellán .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
Darren Block .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Michael Connell .... music editor
Tito Larriva .... composer: additional music
Karyn Rachtman .... music supervisor
Steven Hufsteter .... musician: guitars (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Kenny Mason .... transportation coordinator
Mark Gantt .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Robin Anderson .... script supervisor
Joaquin Gonzalo Avellán .... assistant location manager
Mariano Carranco .... location manager
Anelis Patiño Coronas .... production secretary
Deborah Dalton .... assistant: Mr. Banderas
Fernanda Echeverria .... production coordinator (as Fernanda Echeverria B.)
Miguel Gurza .... animal wrangler
Cheri Hall .... production accountant
Elsa Hermoso .... production accountant
Pamela Jaeckle .... production coordinator
Don Levy .... unit publicist
Jenny Manriquez .... assistant: Mr. Borden
Juan Luis Obregón .... production assistant
Leticia Avalos Ramos .... production assistant
Carlos Renero .... animal wrangler
Barry Rosenbush .... production assistant
Daniel J. Shaw .... production assistant
Josephine Batorski .... studio teacher (uncredited)
Kelly Frazier .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Carmen M. De Gallardo .... special thanks (as Mrs. Carmen Monsivais de Gallardo)
Ramiro Guzmán .... special thanks (as Mr. & Mrs. Ramiro Guzman)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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Rated R for strong bloody violence, a strong sex sequence and language
104 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby SR | SDDS (8 channels) | Dolby Digital
Argentina:16 | Argentina:18 (cable rating) | Australia:R | Brazil:14 | Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (theatrical rating) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (2001 reform re-rating) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (2012 reform re-rating) | Finland:K-16 (video rating) (1996) | France:-12 | Germany:18 | Germany:16 (cut) | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:PG-12 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:R21 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:(Banned) (original rating) | Sweden:15 (re-rating) (uncut) | UK:18 | USA:R (No. 33717)
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Did You Know?

This film cost approximately $7 million to make, 1000 times the amount of money Rodriguez spent to make El mariachi (1992).See more »
Continuity: The shirt of the thug that El Mariachi pushes up with his feet during the cantina battle.See more »
Short Bartender:[nervous] Is there something in the guitar case?
El Mariachi:Yeah.
Short Bartender:What?
El Mariachi:My guitar.
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Movie Connections:
References Pulp Fiction (1994)See more »
Canción Del Mariachi (Morena De Mi Corazón)See more »


Is this a remake of El Mariachi?
Why exactly did El Mariachi want to kill Bucho?
Why don't any police ever show up at any of the numerous shootouts?
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Decent, but not as good as others would like you to believe., 1 April 2011
Author: callanvass

Credit IMDb. 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 hit-man 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.

Desperado is a decent but overrated installment in Rodriguez's infamous trilogy. Action scenes are stylish, Banderas is a bad ass, but I felt a bit cold when it was all done. Some of the scenes wowed me, yet some bored me. Banderas's and Hayek's chemistry was the real story here.

Performances. Antonio Banderas is as cool as ice here. Unlike Once Upon Time in Mexico, he's able to roam free here. He was highly entertaining. Salma Hayek is easy on the eyes, no doubt, but she can also hold her own acting wise. She's sassy, sexy and credible. Cheech Marin has a cool role as a bartender, while Danny Trejo rocks it.

Bottom line. A bit overrated, but the good outweighs the bad for the most part. Settle your expectations and you'll be OK. You might even think it lives up to the hype, but I didn't. Worth a watch.

6 ½ 10

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