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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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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.


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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  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$55,845,943 (USA) (24 October 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the second movie in Hollywood's history to be located in the city of Culiacan. Culiacan is a city, but the President (Pedro Armendáriz Jr.) says that Culiacan is a state of Mexico. See more »


When Lorenzo is practicing shooting, he takes his brother's bottle of alcohol and places it on the wall to shoot. The drunk picks the bottle up, and while he holds it, Lorenzo shoots it. They cut away to show Lorenzo, and when they cut back to the brother holding the bottle, the bottle has broken differently, and had a label. 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

Shot, Chopped, and Scored by Robert Rodriguez See more »


Referenced in Eye of the Empress (2013) See more »


Written by Ben Watkins and Steve Stevens
Performed by Juno Reactor
Courtesy of Melt 2000/Sound Reproductions Limited
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El Mariachi makes a pleasant return
16 October 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

STAR RATING:*****Unmissable****Very Good***Okay**You Could Go Out For A Meal Instead*Avoid At All Costs

A follow up to the Desperado film was not something I was expecting.So it came as a shock to see this third instalment in the El Mariachi series being made.But a pleasant surprise it is.It is high on sweltering Mexican style,with impressive camera style and angles.There is a complex and engaging story to follow,complimented by some riveting action scenes and classy dialogue.On the performances front,Antonio Banderas continues to personify Mariachi,with Salma Hayek well cast as his love interest and good support from Johnny Depp,Mickey Rourke and William Dafoe,not to mention the bodacious Eva Mendes.A wholly worthwhile venture.***

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