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The Mexican (2001)

 -  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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Gunsmith's Daughter
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Storyline

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:

$1,307,644 (Spain) (17 August 2001)

Gross:

$2,940,996 (Spain) (14 September 2001)
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The film opens with a car crash at an intersection clearly labeled "Laurel Terrace", but when Samantha explains the story later in the film she says that it was by "Laurel Canyon and Ventura". However, she wasn't present at the accident, which was five years earlier, and it's understandable that she'd misremember it as the major street Laurel Canyon instead of the more obscure Laurel Terrace. Further, even if she knew it was Laurel Terrace, she may have used the nearest major street for clarity. See more »

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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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