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Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)

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


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El Presidente (as Pedro Armendariz)


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

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The Time Has Come.


Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

12 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El Mariachi 3  »

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Box Office


$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,424,118, 14 September 2003, Wide Release

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Did You Know?


The film was finished in 2001, but the release was pushed back to 2003. See more »


When Sands shoots Ajerdez he is wearing his fake arm which he had no means to carry in to the scene and he couldn't have hidden it on his person. See more »


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

After all the credits, we are treated to one last quick image of Agent Sands (Johnny Depp) with no eyes. See more »


Follows Desperado (1995) See more »


La Culebra
Performed by Mariachi Silvestre Vargas
Under license from Discos Orfeón Videovox S.A./PHAM
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Rodriguez serves up a mess...
9 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

I am a fan of Robert Rodriguez's previous offerings of El Mariachi and the wonderful Desperado. Here he once more returns to the same character as portrayed in the two earlier outings but this time seems to miss the mark by a country mile. Although the first two movies were simple 'revenge' films which served to give the shoot-outs their purpose; this movie tries to embellish this idea with a few sub-plots which frankly just don't work. I was bored throughout and even though he returns with his trademark comic-book violence, this time round it just seemed to be one big yawn-fest.

I had no interest in any of the characters, I am madly in love with Salma Hayek but frankly here I could care less about her character. Banderas does fill the screen when on but sadly, it just isn't enough to lift this movie above more than mere average.

Sorry Robert, if a bigger budget means we have to suffer this, then please go back to the low budget movies that made your name, in those you were brilliant; here, merely less than average.

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