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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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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


After Sands shoots at the cartel hit-man with his small pistol (and misses), the gun is clearly empty when he says 'Was that my right or your right?' he then shoots again without reloading. 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

Special Thanks - Quentin Tarantino See more »


References Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) See more »


Malagueña Salerosa
Written by Pedro Galindo & Elpidio Ramírez (as Elpidio Ramirez)
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'Once Upon a Time in Mexico'
23 April 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A scene-stealing Johnny Depp, can't save this bad excuse for a movie. The sexy and superb Salma Hayek, blown-up and showcased on the movie poster, has a screen time of only about seven minutes, which makes a really good case of false advertising in the Hollywood film industry. Antonio Banderas, way past his prime, once again plays the Mariachi. The Mariachi joins Sands, a CIA Agent, on a mission to foil an assassination attempt on the Mexican president.

In a world where filmmakers are content on releasing poor sequels in order to cash in, 'Mexico' is no exception. The plot seems to lack any real sense. It feels like something that Robert Rodriguez wrote in his sleep. The direction is uneven and consequently the movie proves to be more ridiculously lame than stylish.

Rating: (4/10)

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