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A man tries to transport an ancient gun called The Mexican, believed to carry a curse, back across the border, while his girlfriend pressures him to give up his criminal ways.

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Well Dressed Black Man
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Jerry Welbach is given two ultimatums. His mob boss wants him to travel to Mexico to get a priceless antique pistol called "The Mexican" or he will suffer the consequences. The other ultimatum comes from his girlfriend Samantha, who wants him to end his association with the mob. Jerry figures that being alive, although in trouble with his girlfriend is the better alternative so he heads south of the border. Finding the pistol is easy but getting it home is a whole other matter. The pistol supposedly carries a curse - a curse Jerry is given every reason to believe, especially when Samantha is held hostage by the gay hit man Leroy to ensure the safe return of the pistol. Written by ck

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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$34,000,000 (estimated)

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$20,108,829 (USA) (2 March 2001)

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$2,940,996 (Spain) (14 September 2001)
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Trivia

It was on the set of this movie that Julia Roberts met her husband, cameraman Daniel Moder. See more »

Goofs

Mexico does not issue vanity license plates in real life. All license plates in Mexico consist of three or four numbers and three letters. See more »

Quotes

Bernie Nayman: It burns my ass to write you a check every week. That's an issue.
Jerry: I can explain what happened
Bernie Nayman: You say to people "I can explain what happened" when it's a once in a while, blue moon thing.
Bobby Victory: It's every time with you, Jerry.
Bernie Nayman: It's every fucking time.
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In the middle of the credits, when the first or second song ends, you hear the guy from the car rentals shout "RAOUL !!" See more »

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Roberts Ruined It
18 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

GOOD - Story was interesting the first time around.....loved the cinematography; nice Mexican scenery.... liked Brad Pitt's dialog and his character was fun to watch.....enjoyed the few side-bits with the dog and was surprised when Gene Hackman showed up late in the film.

BAD - Julia Roberts ruined this film, at least by the second viewing. She was either yelling at Pitt all the time or gushing over a hit-man who admitted he was gay, and both routines wore thin. She thought (being gay) that was just the greatest thing and really overdid it.

Overall, if you modified Roberts' character into someone less abrasive this might have been a "keeper."


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