Top 5000
Down 473 this week

The Mexican (2001)

R  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Crime  |  2 March 2001 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.1/10 from 82,741 users   Metascore: 43/100
Reviews: 345 user | 123 critic | 35 from

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.



Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video


Fall TV: 15 Returning TV Shows Worth Binge Watching

Which returning shows do we recommend binging on? We've picked out 15 great options for you. Read this and more lists in our Fall TV section.

Read our list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 34 titles
created 16 Sep 2011
a list of 34 titles
created 23 Jan 2013
a list of 38 titles
created 26 Jun 2013
a list of 31 titles
created 8 months ago
a list of 21 titles
created 6 months ago

Related Items

Search for "The Mexican" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Mexican (2001)

The Mexican (2001) on IMDb 6.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Mexican.

User Polls

3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A police officer uncovers the real identity of his house-guest, an I.R.A. terrorist in hiding.

Director: Alan J. Pakula
Stars: Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, Margaret Colin
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Death, who takes the form of a young man, asks a media mogul to act as a guide to teach him about life on Earth and in the process he falls in love with his guide's daughter.

Director: Martin Brest
Stars: Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Claire Forlani
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

True story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber who became friends with the Dalai Lama at the time of China's takeover of Tibet.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Stars: Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, BD Wong
Spy Game (2001)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Retiring CIA agent Nathan Muir recalls his training of Tom Bishop while working against agency politics to free him from his Chinese captors.

Director: Tony Scott
Stars: Robert Redford, Brad Pitt, Catherine McCormack
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Epic tale of three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of 1900s USA and how their lives are affected by nature, history, war, and love.

Director: Edward Zwick
Stars: Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger.

Director: Neil Jordan
Stars: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas
Sleepers (1996)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

After a prank goes disastrously wrong, a group of boys are sent to a detention center where they are brutalized; over 10 years later, they get their chance for revenge.

Director: Barry Levinson
Stars: Robert De Niro, Kevin Bacon, Brad Pitt
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Robert Ford, who's idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader.

Director: Andrew Dominik
Stars: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Daniel Ocean recruits one more team member so he can pull off three major European heists in this sequel to Ocean's 11.

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts
Kalifornia (1993)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A journalist duo go on a tour of serial killer murder sites with two companions, unaware that one of them is a serial killer himself.

Director: Dominic Sena
Stars: Brad Pitt, Juliette Lewis, Kathy Larson
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city's water supply.

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, David Brisbin
Babel I (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Stars: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael García Bernal


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


love with the safety off

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:




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)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| |



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


In the scene where Gerry (Brad Pitt) is amusingly attempting to speak Spanish (widely spoken in Mexico) when saying to some men, "I need a lift in your El trucko to the next towno", there is also a reference to Robert De Niro. Pitt and De Niro co-starred in Sleepers (1996). See more »


When Leroy and Samantha leave the mall they drive on and on through the desert and end up in downtown Las Vegas at the Plaza Hotel. Maybe they just wanted to do a lot of driving, but in actuality the mall is on Las Vegas Blvd about 15 minutes driving on the strip to get up to the Plaza Hotel. See more »


Jerry: The group thinks we're married. I accepted the potato slicer for our anniversary. Right, sweets? I go along.
Samantha: [mad] That's it. That is it. You... You... You go along!
See more »

Crazy Credits

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


Spoofs Se7en (1995) See more »


La pistola y el corazón
Written by David Hidalgo and Louie Perez (as Louis Perez)
Performed by Los Lobos
Courtesy of Slash Records / London-Sire Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

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.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Bullet falling down achimwilde
BBBBAAAADDDDDD movie kdboles
El Camino Chase_Riddler
worse than Gigli joe_poc
Brad Pitt's Contract flame11
Discuss The Mexican (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: