Down 85 this week

Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)

R  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  12 September 2003 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 124,089 users   Metascore: 56/100
Reviews: 472 user | 177 critic | 34 from Metacritic.com

Hitman "El Mariachi" becomes involved in international espionage involving a psychotic CIA agent and a corrupt Mexican general.


Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $6.99 on Amazon Video

3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Desperado (1995)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A gunslinger is embroiled in a war with a local drug runner.

Director: Robert Rodriguez
Stars: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Joaquim de Almeida
El mariachi (1992)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A traveling mariachi is mistaken for a murderous criminal and must hide from a gang bent on killing him.

Director: Robert Rodriguez
Stars: Carlos Gallardo, Consuelo Gómez, Jaime de Hoyos
Machete (2010)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After being set-up and betrayed by the man who hired him to assassinate a Texas Senator, an ex-Federale launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss.

Directors: Ethan Maniquis, Robert Rodriguez
Stars: Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Robert De Niro
Action | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results.

Director: Robert Rodriguez
Stars: Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Juliette Lewis
Secret Window (2004)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A writer is accused for plagiarism by a strange man, who then starts haunting him for "justice."

Director: David Koepp
Stars: Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young thief, seeking revenge over the death of his brother, is trained by the once great, but aged Zorro, who is also seeking a vengeance of his own.

Director: Martin Campbell
Stars: Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones
Planet Terror (2007)
Action | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After an experimental bio-weapon is released, turning thousands into zombie-like creatures, it's up to a rag-tag group of survivors to stop the infected and those behind its release.

Director: Robert Rodriguez
Stars: Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodríguez, Josh Brolin
From Hell (2001)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In Victorian Era London, a troubled clairvoyant police detective investigates the murders by Jack The Ripper.

Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Stars: Johnny Depp, Heather Graham, Ian Holm
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A rare book dealer, while seeking out the last two copies of a demon text, gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural overtones.

Director: Roman Polanski
Stars: Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Lena Olin
Action | Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Despite trying to keep his swashbuckling to a minimum, a threat to California's pending statehood causes the adventure-loving Alejandro de la Vega (Banderas) -- and his wife, Elena (Zeta-Jones) -- to take action.

Director: Martin Campbell
Stars: Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rufus Sewell
Grindhouse (2007)
Action | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's homage to drive-in double features in the 60s and 70s with two back-to-back cult films that include previews of coming attractions between them.

Directors: Robert Rodriguez, Eli Roth, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Kurt Russell, Rose McGowan, Danny Trejo
Blow (2001)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The story of George Jung, the man who established the American cocaine market in the 1970s.

Director: Ted Demme
Stars: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Franka Potente


Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerardo Vigil ...
El Presidente (as Pedro Armendariz)
Tito Larriva ...
Cab Driver


In the third movie of Rodriguez's "Mariachi" trilogy, a Mexican drug lord pretends to overthrow the Mexican government, and is connected to a corrupt CIA agent who at that time, demands retribution from his worst enemy to carry out the drug lord's uprising against the government. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The Time Has Come.


Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, and for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:

| |  »




Release Date:

12 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El Mariachi 3  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$23,424,118 (USA) (12 September 2003)


$3,112,845 (Japan) (2 April 2004)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| |


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The Chihuahua has a name tag that says Moco on it. Moco (which means "booger" in colloquial Spanish) was the villain in El mariachi (1992). See more »


In the Bar Shootout at the start, El has a 1911 (a semi-automatic pistol) but when he points it at the generals head, it's changed to a Colt Python (a revolver). See more »


[first lines]
Agent Sands: I never heard of him.
Belini: Who?
Agent Sands: The man you recommended.
Belini: The guitar fighter?
See more »

Crazy Credits

Special Thanks - Quentin Tarantino See more »


Bolero Ranchero
Written and Performed by Omar Ortiz
Under license from Cabaret Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Wait For The End!!
10 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

Once Upon A Time In Mexico is good, but not as strong as Desperado. Our hero, El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas) barely has any lines. Throughout the movie we forget this talented actor is the star of the movie. The explosive action is incredible, and including Sands (Johnny Depp) is the only thing worth raving about. Depp's role is actually the best part of this movie. Salma Hayek's role has been chopped to flashbacks, so there is not a lot of crazy Action and Romance between Banderas and her. You want Antonio Banderas to save the day and he does, but this Sequel did not give him that fire. Eva Mendes is in about 4 scenes but does a great job including the rest of the cast (Ruben Blades, Cheech Marin, Mickey Rourke, Willem Dafoe, and Enrique Iglesias). It would have been nice to hear some hot new songs from Enrique Iglesias for the soundtrack but I am more than satisfied with Salma Hayek's "Siente Mi Amor". It is an incredible Spanish track, worth watching the entire credits!

64 of 90 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Desperado is excellent, this sucks. heisenberg83
WHO AGREES THAT.... MarkItZero2154
Any other 'modern westerns'? zack128200
Big Flop denise-sammut
Does anyone know??? BugleBob
Who wished they had Enrique Iglesias shot? pwyjiwwbeu
Discuss Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: