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The Mexican (2001)

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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


$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$66,808,615 (USA) (25 May 2001)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When Winston shoots the well-dressed black man in the hotel room the gun he is using does not have a suppressor on it. Yet the weapon is making the sound of a suppressed pistol. When he shoots the final shot for the kill you see this perfectly. See more »


Jerry: "Elllll-Camino!"
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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 »


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User Reviews

Very entertaining!
4 August 2001 | by (Charlotte, NC) – See all my reviews

Pitt and Roberts were a good match, and James Gandolfini really was the best part of this movie. A young man (Pitt) has to go to Mexico and retrieve an antique pistol for a mobster, much to the chagrin of his girlfriend (Roberts). Pitt encounters a lot of snags and hang ups trying to complete the task, and unknowingly, his girlfriend is being held as insurance until he finishes the job. Worth seeing! B+

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