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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Ted Slocum
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Bernie Nayman
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Well Dressed Black Man
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Frank
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Car Thief #1
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Beck
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Joe the Pawnshop Owner
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Emanuelle (as Maira Serbulo)
Salvador Sánchez ...
Gunsmith
Alan Ciangherotti ...
Gunsmith's Assistant (as Alan Cianguerotti)
Melisa Romero ...
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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$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

In the scene where Jerry (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 »

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Several items that Samantha throws at Jerry during their argument disappear in subsequent scenes. See more »

Quotes

Samantha: Do you have any idea what I have been through these last few days?
Jerry: Oh, Sam, whatever you've been through multiply that by 1000 and you'll have a vague conception of where I'm at.
Samantha: Oh! Oh, isn't that typical, Jerry? It's all a competition. Tit for tat, tat for tit.
Jerry: Stop yelling, for Christ sake! Listen, how are you? Are you ok? Are you all right? Where are you?
Samantha: Toluca airport, Jerry. And things are shitty, really shitty!
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Crazy Credits

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

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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 3 March 2001 (2001) See more »

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Old Dreams
Written and Performed by Castulo Guerra
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Excellent--pleasantly surprised
3 September 2001 | by (Marin, California) – See all my reviews

I didn't expect much of this film and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. Well written (despite what others here have said), well directed (except for the pace which got slow), well acted (both Roberts and Pitt were believable and very funny, and Gandolfini was funny and touching). The criticism of Pitt, Roberts and Gandolfini is especially perplexing, as they were all in top form.

So why all the complaints? I don't get it. Yes, it was 10-15 minutes too long. Yes, it changed tone somewhat drastically near the end. But overall it was surprising, very funny, interesting to look at and fun.


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