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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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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.

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

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12 September 2003 (USA)  »

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El Mariachi 3  »

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Budget:

$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$56,359,780

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$98,185,582
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Trivia

The motorcycle chase was originally written as "mini road warrior". See more »

Goofs

Before the guitar maker presents his work to El Mariachi, he is shown playing it left-handed. In the next shot, he is strumming right-handed. Then, as he hands it over to El, it is positioned as if he had just been playing left-handed again. See more »

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[first lines]
Agent Sands: I never heard of him.
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Agent Sands: The man you recommended.
Belini: The guitar fighter?
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Sands Theme
Written and Produced by Johnny Depp, Bill Carter, Bruce Witkin and Ruth Ellsworth
Performed by Tonto's Giant Nuts
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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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