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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Joe the Pawnshop Owner
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Emanuelle (as Maira Serbulo)
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Gunsmith's Assistant (as Alan Cianguerotti)
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Gunsmith's Daughter
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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)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

Second film in a trilogy of films starring James Gandolfini & Brad Pitt, which consists of True Romance (1994), The Mexican (2002), & Killing Them Softly (2010). See more »

Goofs

When Sam is throwing stuff from the balcony, Jerry is standing in shadow in one shot, but in bright sunshine in every other. See more »

Quotes

Winston Baldry: Do you want me to rape you?
Samantha: Are you gay?
Winston Baldry: Do you want me to rape you?
Samantha: You are gay.
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Crazy Credits

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

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

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You're Nobody 'til Somebody Loves You
Written by James Cavanaugh, Russ Morgan, and Larry Stock
Performed by Dean Martin
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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A chaotic, messy but brilliant commentary on relationships
12 October 2004 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

I'm genuinely surprised at the number of people who disliked this movie. Perhaps because it was a bit disjointed, chaotic, uneven, unpredictable and even incoherent at times. And that's just why I loved it. It's life. Yes, it's the crazy, seedy, shady lives of these people (the main characters being Pitt's and Roberts' characters), but at least it's honest... and darned funny. I thought the self-deprecating jabs at how most Gringos view Mexico/Mexicans were priceless. Raul!! The grainy flashbacks had my sides splitting.

People, this is a classic melodrama told in today's yucky, dirty, gritty, ugly times. A beautiful (if you look closely) story that doesn't take it self seriously at all. This is anything but formula Hollywood hype. It is a genius inside-joke that sandbagged most of the people hoping to come out and see a Pitt/Roberts version of Sleeping in Seattle or some similar chick-flick dreck.

When is enough enough? Never.


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