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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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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Robert Rodriguez (written by)
Contact:
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Release Date:
25 August 1995 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
He came back to settle the score with someone. Anyone. EVERYONE. See more »
Plot:
A gunslinger is embroiled in a war with a local drug runner. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
El Mariachi's best (and most violent) outing - 86% See more (199 total) »

Cast

  (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
(WGA)
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)
 
Stunts
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)
 
Thanks
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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MPAA:
Rated R for strong bloody violence, a strong sex sequence and language
Runtime:
104 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby SR | SDDS (8 channels) | Dolby Digital
Certification:
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-16 (cut) (1996) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (1995) (2000) | 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?

Trivia:
The bar in the beginning of the film where Steve Buscemi and Cheech Marin talk is an actual bar in Acuna, Mexico called the Corona Club. The bar is a lot cleaner and bigger in reality, but it's like walking right into the movie. They also have quite a few pictures of the stars and crew of the movie on the walls.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: During the library shoot-out, the Mariachi's shotgun - a weapon that can only hold two cartridges at a time - is fired five times without reloading.See more »
Quotes:
El Mariachi:[praying] Give me the strength to be what I was, and forgive me for what I am.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Jack The RipperSee more »

FAQ

Is this really a sequel?
What is the cannon-like weapon Carolina lifts out of the guitar case?
Is this a remake of El Mariachi?
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57 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
El Mariachi's best (and most violent) outing - 86%, 16 April 2005
Author: Benjamin Cox from Hampshire, England

Being a product of the video game generation, I have recently rediscovered the therapeutic qualities of slow-mo death-match on the N64's "Perfect Dark". A quick ten-minute blast with a couple of meaty pistols in each hand can easily dispel the day's stresses and strains better than a hour on a couch - trust me. Although it may upset the moral minority to admit it, being able to unleash the violent impulses that exist in us all in a safe and socially acceptable manner is hugely beneficial to one's emotional state of mind. Far better to play a video game where you are responsible for truly reprehensible criminal acts than to do it in real life, after all. And in the same way that games often depict senseless violence, the cinema has long been home to violence in one form or another - from "Tom & Jerry" to "Enter The Dragon". For me personally, "Desperado" is as close to a cinematic equivalent of a video game as we'll see - perfectly orchestrated and highly entertaining mayhem but as empty inside as one of El Mariachi's spent casings.

Director Robert Rodriguez practically remakes his low-budget debut "El Mariachi" with Antonio Banderas as the mysterious stranger who walks into town with a guitar case full of guns and a serious grudge against local crime lord Bucho (Joaquim de Almeida). You see, El Mariachi lost the love of his life and his ability to play guitar (after he's shot through the hand) at the hands of Bucho's goons and so, El has a score to settle. After announcing his arrival in town by taking out Bucho's bar, El finds himself helped by glamorous bookstore owner Carolina (Salma Hayek) in his seemingly impossible quest.

It ain't big and it ain't clever but my, "Desperado" is a whole lot of fun! Tongue firmly in cheek, the cartoony action and simple revenge story combine to create a fabulously entertaining film that still stands out as a truly unique picture. Easily better than the muddled climax to the trilogy ("Once Upon A Time In Mexico"), "Desperado" highlights the brilliant creation of the Mariachi character and Banderas is the ideal choice for the role. Seemingly indestructible in battle, El carries one fatal flaw - his heart of gold - and right until the end, you're never quite sure if he'll make it or not. Opposite him, Salma Hayek has never been (or looked) better than she was here. Simply oozing sexuality, Hayek smolders like desert sand and steals the film. And this despite humorous cameos from Steve Buscemi, Quentin Tarantino and Cheech Marin.

"Desperado" isn't quite the masterpiece that it should be. It's about as original as a Hollywood remake and its lack of any sort of ambition doesn't limit its scope but merely means that it reaches its targets with ease. And if plausibility and complex story lines are what you're looking for then move on because this film is as simple as one of Jerry Springer's guests. To be honest, "Desperado" makes no illusion as to what its about and stakes its ambitions right from the first scene. It's arguably one of the best action films made in recent years but this type of film is all-too-common, rarely appreciated by "serious critics" and frequently dismissed as "throwaway cinema". Not so - "Desperado" is an enjoyable, amusing and explosive scorcher of a movie and is highly recommended to anyone who likes their gun-fu and OTT fight sequences. Or anyone who doesn't play "Perfect Dark"...

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