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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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Gerardo Vigil ...
El Presidente (as Pedro Armendariz)
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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)


$3,112,845 (Japan) (2 April 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The ringtone for the cellphone that Sands gave to El Mariachi is "Canción Del Mariachi", the theme song of Desperado (1995). You can hear it for a very short time before El Mariachi answers the phone. See more »


When El and Carolina are about to jump from the window, Carolina's leg is dangling over the edge of the windowsill. In the next shot, just as she's about to jump, her foot is up on the sill. See more »


[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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Crazy Credits

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References The Killer (1989) See more »


Siente Mi Amor
Written by Robert Rodriguez and Jose Tamez (as José Tamez)
Produced by Robert Rodriguez and Carl Thiel
Performed by Salma Hayek
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Wait For The End!!
10 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

Once Upon A Time In Mexico is good, but not as strong as Desperado. Our hero, El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas) barely has any lines. Throughout the movie we forget this talented actor is the star of the movie. The explosive action is incredible, and including Sands (Johnny Depp) is the only thing worth raving about. Depp's role is actually the best part of this movie. Salma Hayek's role has been chopped to flashbacks, so there is not a lot of crazy Action and Romance between Banderas and her. You want Antonio Banderas to save the day and he does, but this Sequel did not give him that fire. Eva Mendes is in about 4 scenes but does a great job including the rest of the cast (Ruben Blades, Cheech Marin, Mickey Rourke, Willem Dafoe, and Enrique Iglesias). It would have been nice to hear some hot new songs from Enrique Iglesias for the soundtrack but I am more than satisfied with Salma Hayek's "Siente Mi Amor". It is an incredible Spanish track, worth watching the entire credits!

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