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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:
Well Dressed Black Man
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 USA:

$20,108,829, 4 March 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$66,808,615, 27 May 2001

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film cast includes four Oscar winners: Gene Hackman, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, J.K. Simmons'; and two Oscar nominees: Bob Balaban and Lawrence Bender. See more »


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 »


Bernie Nayman: Jerry, You're a fucking moron. Here are your options: Number 1, I roll you up to the neck in a carpet, stuff you into the back of a sedan, and light you on fire with gasoline. You with me? Choice one.
Jerry: Yeah.
Bernie Nayman: Number 2, You like sex and travel? What, you like to have sex, you like to travel? You get you ass on a flight to Mexico. All the ten dollar hookers you can shake your stick at. You pick up a pistol that belongs to Margolese. What's it going to be?
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001) See more »


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Written by Jerry Goldstein, Morris D. Dickerson, Lee Oskar, Lonnie Jordan, Howard Scott, Charles Miller, Thomas Allen (as Sylvester Allen), and Harold R. Brown
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Not as bad, as people say.
2 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

Being quite a harsh critic myself, I was surprised to see how badly recieved this film was. Admittably the film tended to drag a little length and was missing something to make it a little more entertaining.

But the film has some interesting characters, situations, and scenery to make this film highly watchable. Pitt and Roberts are good, but have put in much better performances elsewhere. And spend the majority of the film apart. I suspect the main criticisms of this film are mainly to do with high expectations: in having Pitt, Roberts and the Sopranos guy in. But in summary, an alright film - but nothing special.

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