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
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 »
The group thinks we're married. I accepted the potato slicer for our anniversary. Right, sweets? I go along.
That's it. That is it. You... You... You go along!
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At the very end of the credits, Samantha whispers "I love you, Jerry". 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.
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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.
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