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The Mexican (2001)

R  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Crime  |  2 March 2001 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Slocum
Bernie Nayman
Well Dressed Black Man
Car Thief #1
Joe the Pawnshop Owner
Mayra Serbulo ...
Emanuelle (as Maira Serbulo)
Salvador Sánchez ...
Alan Ciangherotti ...
Gunsmith's Assistant (as Alan Cianguerotti)
Melisa Romero ...
Gunsmith's Daughter


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 March 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mexican  »

Box Office


$34,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The apparently vicious "rabid dog" in the back of the truck is actually a Golden Retriever with its fur badly trimmed and dyed to look like a mutt. See more »


When driving in the new style Volkswagen Beetle, the engine sound is that of an original, air cooled, rear engine Volkswagen Beetle. See more »


Jerry: You're missing the grand design here! If I don't go, I'm dead! Yeah. And it's a little hard to carry on a relationship when I'm stuffed with straw and formaldehyde.
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the credits, Samantha whispers "I love you, Jerry". See more »


References The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981) See more »


Safety Dance
Written by Ivan Doroschuk
Performed by Men Without Hats
Courtesy of MCA Records & Marc Durand Productions
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

Why am I the only one who liked it?
9 July 2001 | by (York, England) – See all my reviews

Okay, I admit it. I'm a Julia fan. But before I saw this movie I'd heard so much about it being terrible that I had incredibly low expectations - so I guess I was going in to see it from a different angle to most people.

I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. I actually saw 'Mouse Hunt' or whatever it's called once on TV, didn't think too much of it, and I was hoping that 'The Mexican' would be different. Luckily, it was.

Brad Pitt gives a sweet performance as Jerry, the accident prone hero, but the best part of the movie is the chemistry between Julia Roberts as Sam and James Gandolfini as Leroy - an unlikely relationship between a kidnapper and a kidnappee (is that a word?).

I'd advise people to see this movie with an open mind. If you expect miracles you'll probably be disappointed. But I actually did really like it.

Oh, and it made me cry. Four times. How embarrassing is that? Maybe I'm getting my period or something.

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