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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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mariachi | mexican | cia | general | drug lord | See more »

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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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$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$668,678 (Japan) (5 March 2004)

Gross:

$3,112,845 (Japan) (2 April 2004)
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"El Cucuy" is slang for Chupacabras ("sucks the goats") the vampire-like bogeyman of Latin American cultures. See more »

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El, Lorenzo, and Frideo are standing outside the church before going to preform for the president, El has a white ribbon tied in his hair, but when he walks into the church it's gone. A few moments later when the are on the roof his hair is up, then cut to Lorenzo and then back to El and his hair is down. See more »

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[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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Me Gustas Tu
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Rebel Without A Story
2 December 2003 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Roberto Rodriguez prides himself on making movies cheap and quick. In fact, the original mastermind of Cuban cartel cinema pumped out two additional moneymakers this year: SPY KIDS 2 and SPY KIDS 3D.

And, as for his latest presentation, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO, it features a wonderful performance by Johnny Depp and a few cleverly scripted scenes.

Unfortunately, the movie's main character, the legendary El Mariachi (played by Antonio Banderas), is a complete bore. Yes, he plays guitar and has long hair and that was cool the first time but please--make him interesting! Therefore, when we're not watching Johnny, we're wishing we were.

Furthermore, what's up with the digital camera? A terrible choice by the director. Especially when you look at highly blown out shot of Sands (Depp) going to shoot the cook.

As a result, I ask Roberto to stop manufacturing half baked eye candy and to give us a story that will resonate.


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