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Once Upon a Time in Mexico -- A drug lord who pretends to overthrow the Mexican government. A corrupt FBI agent (Johnny Depp) who at that time, demands retribution from his worst enemy to carry out the drug lord's uprising against the government.
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Once Upon a Time in Mexico -- Hitman "El Mariachi" becomes involved in international espionage involving a psychotic CIA agent and a corrupt Mexican general.

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Robert Rodriguez (written by)
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12 September 2003 (USA) See more »
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The Time Has Come.
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Hitman "El Mariachi" becomes involved in international espionage involving a psychotic CIA agent and a corrupt Mexican general. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Antonio Banderas ... El Mariachi

Salma Hayek ... Carolina

Johnny Depp ... Sands

Mickey Rourke ... Billy

Eva Mendes ... Ajedrez

Danny Trejo ... Cucuy

Enrique Iglesias ... Lorenzo

Marco Leonardi ... Fideo

Cheech Marin ... Belini

Rubén Blades ... Jorge FBI

Willem Dafoe ... Barillo
Gerardo Vigil ... Marquez

Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... El Presidente (as Pedro Armendariz)

Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Advisor
Tito Larriva ... Cab Driver

Miguel Couturier ... Dr. Guevera
Tony Valdes ... Chicle Boy
José Luis Avendaño ... Alvaro
Rodolfo De Alexandre ... Omar (as Rodolfo d'Alejandre)
Natalia Torres ... Mariachi's Girl
Steve Constancio ... Right Hand (as Steven Constancio)

Troy Robinson ... Romero

Ermahn Ospina ... Qui-Que
Luz María Rojas ... Pistolera
Mario Simon ... Cook
Bernard Hacker ... Blascoe

Cecilia Tijerina ... Waitress
Carola Vázquez ... Hospital Administrator
René Gatica ... Chief Federale
Silvia Santoyo ... Bachelorette
Juan Pablo Llaguno ... Bull Fighter
Ignacio Torres ... Teacher
Rogelio Gonzalez Grau ... Manny
Jorge Becerril ... Taco
Víctor Carpinteiro ... Left Nut
Dagoberto Gama ... Que Pasa
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Directed by
Robert Rodriguez 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Robert Rodriguez (written by)

Produced by
Elizabeth Avellan .... producer (as Elizabeth Avellán)
Carlos Gallardo .... producer
Sue Jett .... co-producer
Tony Mark .... co-producer
Robert Rodriguez .... producer
Luz María Rojas .... co-producer (as Luz Maria Rojas)
 
Original Music by
Robert Rodriguez (scored by)
 
Cinematography by
Robert Rodriguez (shot by)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Rodriguez (chopped by)
 
Casting by
Mary Vernieu 
 
Production Design by
Robert Rodriguez 
 
Art Direction by
Melo Hinojosa 
 
Set Decoration by
Eva Castro 
Patrice Laure 
 
Costume Design by
Graciela Mazón 
 
Makeup Department
Allan A. Apone .... special makeup effects artist: airbrush makeup
Troy Breeding .... hair assistant
Troy Breeding .... makeup assistant
Carmen de la Torre .... hair stylist
Carmen de la Torre .... makeup artist
Jake Garber .... special makeup effects: KNB EFX Group, Inc.
Roxie Hodenfield .... department head hair (as Roxie Norman)
Barry R. Koper .... special makeup effects artist: airbrush makeup
Robert Kurtzman .... special makeup effects supervisor
Sandra Migueli .... hair assistant (as Sandra Miguelli)
Sandra Migueli .... makeup artist
Sandra Migueli .... makeup assistant (as Sandra Miguelli)
Greg Nicotero .... special makeup effects: KNB EFX Group, Inc.
Ermahn Ospina .... department head makeup
Scott Patton .... special makeup effects artist
Shannon Shea .... special makeup effects: KNB EFX Group, Inc.
 
Production Management
Arturo del Río .... unit manager: Mexico (as Arturo Del Rio)
Tita Lombardo .... unit manager: Mexico
Maria Lyons .... post-production supervisor: ILM
Tony Mark .... unit production manager
Brian McNulty .... post-production supervisor (as Brian Mcnulty)
Luz María Rojas .... unit production manager: Mexico (as Luz Maria Rojas)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Douglas Aarniokoski .... second unit director
Brian Bettwy .... first assistant director
Marco Polo Constandse .... second second assistant director: Mexico
Ricardo Del Río .... first assistant director: Mexico (as Ricardo Del Rio)
Frederic Henocque .... second assistant director: Mexico (as Federico Henocque)
Korey Scott Pollard .... second assistant director (as Korey Pollard)
 
Art Department
Roberto Avila .... on-set dresser
Carlos Azucena .... assistant property master
Carlos Benassini .... assistant art director
Kevin Berve .... assistant property master
Kelly Bogdan .... property assistant: reshoots
Virginia Capobianco .... location property master
Alisarine Ducolomb .... art coordinator
Caylah Eddleblute .... property master
Steve Joyner .... head property master
Marcus LaPorte .... props: reshoots
Joe McCusker .... construction coordinator: additional photography
King Orba .... set dresser
Darren Patnode .... on-set dresser
Jeff Poss .... head prop maker
Kara Sutherlin .... stand-by painter
Alberto Villaseñor .... construction coordinator (as Alberto Villasenor)
George Yepes .... artist: 'Shotgun Messenger' banner painting
 
Sound Department
Thomas Appel .... first sound assistant
Dean Beville .... sound designer
Dean Beville .... sound supervisor
Matthew C. Beville .... foley editor (as Matt Beville)
Shayna Brown .... adr mixer (as Shayna Levin)
Mike Chock .... sound effects editor
John Dunn .... sound effects editor
Brad Engleking .... mix record engineer
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
William Jacobs .... sound designer
Val Kuklowsky .... dialogue editor
Sean Landeros .... sound recordist
Patricio A. Libenson .... sound effects recordist (as Patricio Liebenson)
James J. Mase .... boom operator (as James Mase)
Carey Milbradt .... foley recordist
Ernesto Muñoz .... boom operator (as Ernesto Munoz)
Ed Novick .... production sound mixer
Tim Rakoczy .... first assistant sound editor (as Timothy Rakoczy)
Sergio Reyes .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Rodriguez .... sound effects editor
Robert Rodriguez .... sound re-recording mixer
Charles Ewing Smith .... dialogue editor
James Bailey .... foley artist (uncredited)
Matthew C. Beville .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Eric Allard .... special effects assistant
Rodney Brunet .... animatic artist
William Dawson .... special effects assistant (as Bill Dawson)
Chiz Hasegawa .... coordinator: KNB EFX Group
David Heron .... special effects set supervisor (as Dave Heron)
Geoff Heron .... special effects supervisor: second unit (as Geoffrey Heron)
Sergio Jara Jr. .... special effects assistant
Sergio Jara .... special effects coordinator
Marcus LaPorte .... mold maker: reshoots
Brian Montgomery .... special effects technician: second unit
Dan Nelson .... special effects shop supervisor
Mike Reedy .... special effects coordinator
Glen Thomas .... special effects assistant
 
Visual Effects by
Jean-Yves Audouard .... computer graphics animator: Hybride Technologies
Patrice-Alain Barrette .... digital compositor: Hybride Technologies
Michel Barrière .... digital compositor: Hybride Technologies (as Michel Barriére)
Romain Bayle .... computer graphics animator: Hybride Technologies
Sébastien Bergeron .... visual effects production supervisor: Hybride Technologies
Louise Bertrand .... production team: Hybride Technologies
Keefe Boerner .... visual effects coordinator
Mathieu Boucher .... computer graphics animator: Hybride Technologies
Marc Bourbonnais .... computer graphics animator: Hybride Technologies
Marc Bourbonnais .... lead technical director: Hybride Technologies
Xavier Bourque .... digital compositor: Hybride Technologies
Caroline Brien .... production assistant: Hybride Technologies
Wayne Brinton .... digital compositor: Hybride Technologies
Rodney Brunet .... creative team: Troublemaker Digital Studios
Caroline Bélisle .... production team: Hybride Technologies
Diane Caliva .... supervisor: digital cinema, ILM
Michael Cozens .... computer graphics animator: Hybride Technologies
Thierry Delattre .... visual effects production supervisor: Hybride Technologies
Luc Desmarais .... technical support: Hybride Technologies
Anouk Deveault-Moreau .... visual effects production coordinator: Hybride Technologies (as Anouk Deveault Moreau)
Mathieu Dupuis .... digital compositor: Hybride Technologies
Thierry Fortier .... digital compositor: Hybride Technologies
Yanick Gaudreau .... computer graphics animator: Hybride Technologies
Richard Gentner .... digital imaging operator
Jean-Sebastian Guay .... technical support: Hybride Technologies (as Jean-Sébastien Guay)
Paul Hill .... post producer: ILM
Gael Hollard .... digital compositor: Hybride Technologies
Nadine Homier .... digital compositor: Hybride Technologies
Darren Jones .... digital imaging engineer
Joseph Kasparian .... computer graphics animator: Hybride Technologies
Joseph Kasparian .... lead digital textures
Joseph Kasparian .... lighting artist
Mathieu Lalonde .... computer graphics animator: Hybride Technologies
Nicolas Langlois-Demers .... computer graphics animator: Hybride Technologies
Nicolas Langlois-Demers .... technical director: 3D character setup, Hybride
Jean Lapointe .... digital compositor: Hybride Technologies
Evelyne Leblond .... production assistant: Hybride Technologies
Daniel Leduc .... visual effects producer: Hybride Technologies
Daniel Leduc .... visual effects supervisor
Francois Leduc .... digital compositor: Hybride Technologies
Natasha Leonnet .... colorist: ILM
Ann-Sophie Linteau .... production team: Hybride Technologies
Ethan Maniquis .... visual effects editor
Fred Meyers .... principal engineer: digital cinema, ILM
Michel Murdock .... visual effects financial controller: Hybride Technologies
Chris Olivia .... creative team: Troublemaker Digital Studios
Jonathan Paquin .... computer graphics animator: Hybride Technologies
Michael Parkinson .... IQ operator: ILM
Steve Pelchat .... technical support: Hybride Technologies
Pierre Raymond .... visual effects executive producer: Hybride Technologies
Robert Rodriguez .... executive producer: Troublemaker Digital Studios
Robert Rodriguez .... visual effects supervisor
Frederic St-Arnaud .... computer graphics animator: Hybride Technologies (as Frédéric St-Arnaud)
Frederic St-Arnaud .... digital effects artist
Guillaume St-Aubin-Seers .... digital compositor: Hybride Technologies
Ken Steel .... computer graphics animator: Hybride Technologies
Sean Stranks .... digital compositor: Hybride Technologies
Sylvie Talbot .... production team: Hybride Technologies
Philippe Theroux .... computer graphics supervisor: Hybride Technologies (as Philippe Théroux)
Gaetan Thiffault .... computer graphics animator: Hybride Technologies (as Gaétan Thiffault)
Alex Toader .... creative team: Troublemaker Digital Studios
Vincent Toussaint .... technical support: Hybride Technologies
Marco Tremblay .... computer graphics animator: Hybride Technologies
Marco Tremblay .... lead modeler: Hybride Technologies
Jean Frédéric Veilleux .... digital compositor: Hybride Technologies
Jessy Veilleux .... computer graphics animator: Hybride Technologies
Jessy Veilleux .... matte painter
Yanick Wilisky .... computer graphics supervisor: Hybride Technologies
Michael Cordova .... film scanning and recording supervisor (uncredited)
Lloyd Hess .... technical support (uncredited)
 
Stunts
David Barrett .... stunts
Tony Lee Boggs .... stunts (as Tony Boggs)
Joe Bucaro III .... stunts (as Joe Bucaro)
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunt coordinator (as Jeff Dashnaw)
Dino Dos Santos .... stunt double: Antonio Banderas (as Dino Frenkiel)
Tom Harper .... stunts
Toby Holguin .... stunts
Josh Kemble .... stunts
Khristian Lupo .... stunts
Alex Madison .... stunts (as Gail Monian)
Norman Mora .... stunts
Ken Moreno .... stunts
Jimmy Ortega .... stunts
Steve Picerni .... stunts
Rex Reddick .... stunts
Shawn Robinson .... stunts
Troy Robinson .... stunt coordinator
Thomas Rosales Jr. .... stunts (as Thomas Rosales)
Gilbert Rosales .... stunts
James Ryan .... stunts
James Ryan .... utility stunts
Dana Stein .... stunts
Cheryl Bermeo .... stunt double: Salma Hayek (uncredited)
Mark Brooks .... stunts (uncredited)
Alex Madison .... stunt double: Salma Hayek (uncredited)
Mauricio Magaña .... stunts (uncredited)
Benjamin Meade .... stunt double (uncredited)
Dustin Meier .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Norman Mora .... stunt double: Antonio Banderas (uncredited)
Víctor Quintero .... stunts (uncredited)
Mario Simon .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Edgar Ambriz .... electrician
Mark Burnett .... assistant engineer: HD
Greg Dellerson .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Sean Fairburn .... engineer: HD
Roberto Garcia .... grip
Francisco García .... grip (as Francisco Garcia)
Heriberto Gutiérrez .... additional first assistant camera (as Heriberto Gutierrez)
Juan Guzmán .... grip (as Juan Guzman)
Juan Fernando Guzmán .... electrician (as Juan Guzman Jr.)
Juan Hernandez .... electrician
Jimmy Lindsey .... camera operator: "b" camera
Jimmy Lindsey .... camera operator: second unit
Felipe Morales .... grip
Marco Morales .... electrician
Juan Manuel Moreno Morales .... electrician (as Juan Manuel Moreno)
Fernando Moreno .... electric best boy
Raúl Palacios .... electrician (as Raul Palacios Dominguez)
Nabil Rahme .... second assistant camera: "a" camera (as Nabil Rahmé)
Antonio Resendiz .... grip
Victor Rodall .... video assist
Jesus Rodriguez Jr. .... second grip (as Jesus Rodriguez)
Jesús 'Chucho' Rodriguez .... key grip (as Jesus 'Chucho' Rodriguez)
Robert Rodriguez .... Steadicam operator
Robert Rodriguez .... camera operator: "a" camera
Jesus Romero .... dolly grip
John 'Fest' Sandau .... chief lighting technician (as John Sandau)
Joel Schwartz .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Antonio Sánchez Romero .... electrician (as Antonio Sanchez)
Miguel Ángel Sánchez .... grip (as Miguel Angel Sanchez)
Stefan Tarzan .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Joaquin Tlaxcalteco .... dolly grip
Rico Torres .... still photographer
Joel Schwartz .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Ken Steel .... lead animator
Michael Halley .... animator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Edna Arriola .... extras casting coordinator
Armando Guerrero .... extras casting assistant
Edna Guerrero .... extras casting
Jorge Guerrero .... extras casting
Leticia Loza Marquez .... extras casting
Shalimar Reodica .... casting assistant
Rafael Reyes .... extras casting assistant
Claudia Rosete .... extras casting secretary
Jay Scully .... casting assistant
Galleger Sitz .... extras casting secretary
Manuel Teil .... casting: Mexico
Francisco Veyro .... extras casting assistant
Arturo Zárate .... extras casting coordinator
Arturo Zárate .... extras casting: Mexico
Beanie Barnes .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Steve Constancio .... key set costumer (as Steven Constancio)
Gabriela Fernandez .... on-set costumer (as Gabriela Fernandez Suarez)
Zeferino Gutierrez .... wardrobe assistant: second unit
Ireri Mazón Salas .... assistant costume designer (as Ireri Mazón)
Judith Salas .... assistant costume designer
Heather Priest .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Joan Kelley Bierman .... post-production coordinator
Andy Cockrum .... apprentice editor
Robert Frey .... post-production engineer
Chad Gunderson .... post-production coordinator: HD video, L.A.
Chris Jack .... post-production assistant
Lars Jensvold .... post-production editor: ILM
Jay Mahavier .... first assistant editor
Ethan Maniquis .... associate editor
Maia Medve .... post-production assistant
Bill Missett .... on-line editor
Don Montoure .... on-line assembly editor: HD video
Jim Passon .... color timer
Nicole Sieber .... post-production assistant
Andre Tréjo .... post-production coordinator: HD video, L.A. (as Andre Trejo)
Rob Bonstin .... assistant colorist (uncredited)
Valance Eisleben .... high definition editorial services (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Pete Anthony .... orchestrator
Rick Del Castillo .... composer: additional music "Chingon Music"
Jay Duerr .... music editor
Annette Fradera .... music consultant: Mexico
Kevin Globerman .... assistant music editor
Kevin Globerman .... score recordist
Don Grantham .... orchestrator
Steven Hufsteter .... composer: additional music "Chingon Music"
Steven Hufsteter .... musician: guitars
Janet Ketchum .... music contractor
Christopher Klatman .... orchestrator (as Chris Klatman)
Penka Kouneva .... orchestrator
Bob Levy .... assistant engineer
Erik Lundborg .... orchestrator
Alan Meyerson .... score mixer
George Oldziey .... music co-producer
George Oldziey .... orchestrator
George Oldziey .... score coordinator
Tim Rakoczy .... music editor (as Timothy Rakoczy)
Stan Sheldon .... music preparation
Gary Slechta .... orchestrator
Dann Michael Thompson .... assistant engineer (as Dann M. Thompson)
Mike Watts .... orchestrator
Pete Anthony .... conductor (uncredited)
Carl Thiel .... music recording engineer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
George Bolton .... transportation captain
Carlos Ponce de León .... transportation coordinator (as Carlos Ponce)
Abiff Salcedo .... driver
Arturo Saldivar .... production driver
Mario Simon .... transportation coordinator
Chris Walden .... driver
 
Other crew
Juan Aguirre .... first assistant accountant
Patricia Aguirre .... second assistant accountant
Roberto Ayala .... production assistant (as Roberto Ayala Meza)
Sara Bachelder .... additional set production assistant
Allison Baker .... executive assistant to producers
Ana Ballesteros .... caterer
Jose Manuel Ballesteros .... craft service
Rocio Barajas .... location coordinator
Steve Beeson .... production accountant
Susan Bliss .... post script services
Emmanuel Cabare .... production assistant: second unit
John Charles .... software engineer: Sony DAC
Joshua D. Clark .... location assistant: re-shoots
Sandra Condito .... publicist
Martin Corkidi .... location manager: second unit
Eduardo Corona .... location manager: Queretaro
Amanda Curry .... post production assistant accountant
Carmen de la Torre .... production assistant (as Carmen De La Torre)
Christi Dembrowski .... assistant: Mr. Depp
Gabi Endicott .... script supervisor
Ryan Gaines .... business & legal affairs
Santiago Garcia Galvan .... production assistant (as Santiago Garcia)
Ernesto Garabito .... production assistant: second unit
Ryan Gomez .... assistant: Mr. Rodriguez
Alejandro González .... stand-in: Gerardo Vigil
Omar Arias González .... location manager: Guanajuato (as Omar Arias)
Ray Goynechea .... stand-in: Enrique Iglesias
Cynthia Graves .... production coordinator
Victor Hernandez .... production assistant: second unit
Travis Hills .... production assistant
Jonathan Jakubowicz .... production assistant
Carrie Mae Jones .... assistant production coordinator (as Carrie Jones)
Kelly Kernan .... location manager: Texas
Dinah Lary .... assistant: Mr. Banderas
G. Pekas Lozano .... location manager: Guanajuato (as Gloria Lozano)
Harry Lu .... armorer
Mauricio Magaña .... stand in: Danny Trejo
Marisela Marquez .... production assistant: second unit
Andrea Martinez .... script supervisor: second unit
Juan Salvador Melgoza .... assistant accountant (as Salvador Melgoza)
Tavatha Menendez .... stand-in: Salma Hayek (as Tabata Mendez)
Michel Bellego Milan .... production assistant (as Michel Bellego Millan)
Whitney J. Miller .... post-production accountant (as Whitney Miller)
Angeles Morales .... location manager: San Miguel de Allende
Norberto Nava .... security coordinator
Norma Ramos .... assistant accountant
Rashid Rashid .... production assistant
Gregorio Rodriguez .... security supervisor: Mexico
Arturo Romero .... production accountant
Geraldine Sandoval .... location manager: Guanajuato
Sara Scarritt .... production coordinator (as Sarah Scarritt)
Mark Shultz .... office production assistant
Erick Tamayo .... location manager: San Miguel de Allende
Axel Uriegas .... assistant: Mr. Mark (as Axel Uriegas Duarte)
Jorge Valdés García .... stand-in: Antonio Banderas
Sue-Allen Villalva .... assistant production coordinator (as Sue Allen Villalva)
Patricia Zavala Kugler .... travel coordinator (as Patricia Zavala)
 
Thanks
Maria Cruz Hernandez .... special thanks
Leticia Ledezma .... special thanks
Racer Rodriguez .... special thanks (as Maximilliano)
Rebel Rodriguez .... special thanks (as Antonio)
Rocket Rodriguez .... special thanks (as Valentin)
Quentin Tarantino .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Legend of Mexico" - Japan (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence, and for language
Runtime:
102 min
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:MA | Brazil:14 | Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 | France:-12 | Germany:18 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:16 | Ireland:15 | Italy:T | Japan:PG-12 | Malaysia:18SG | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 (DVD rating) | Norway:18 (original rating) | Philippines:R-18 | Poland:18 | Singapore:M18 (DVD rating) | Singapore:NC-16 (original rating) | South Korea:18 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (#38421)
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Trivia:
Almost the entire gunfight in the church was filmed with rubber guns, almost no squibs, and no physical damage to the church. Nearly all bullets, blood, explosions, and physical damage were added in post production.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Jorge uses white out to cover the INVALID stamp on his FBI badge, it is a sloppy job that will pass only the most casual inspection. Later, when he flashes the badge to Billy it looks perfect with no indication of alteration. However if you look carefully you can see the white "INVALID" writing on the badge. When Ajedrez subsequently has the badge, the white out is once again very visible.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
References Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)See more »
Soundtrack:
Dias De Los AngelesSee more »

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31 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining, 30 April 2004
Author: MovieLuvaMatt from New Jersey

Like "Desperado," the film offers nonstop action and a gargantuan body count. Robert Rodriguez knows how to please his audience, and the movie does work for the most part. As expected in a Rodriguez film, the action scenes are very well-choreographed and all possess a certain slickness and originality. Johnny Depp steals the show in his supporting role, and seems to be having the most fun. I actually looked at him as more of an action hero than Antonio Banderas. Then again, Banderas seems to be going through the motions. After all, he has played roles of this type many times before and is probably almost bored. I like how most of the movie is in subtitles. As I heard in the commentary, the reason for that was because most of the cast only spoke Spanish. But I'd rather see Mexican characters speaking in their native language, and having to read the subtitles, than them speaking in a second language that they obviously haven't mastered totally. Hollywood appears to have a fear of subtitles, and it's a stupid fear. Now onto what I didn't like about the movie...I'm not exaggerating when I say that it has nonstop violence. I'm not one of these people who gets bothered by excessive violence, but after a while all that action and killing can get a little dull. You just sit there waiting for the next body to fall to the ground. The story isn't non-existent, but I think if Rodriguez paid a little more attention to developing characters and story, his films might be even more interesting. But altogether, I was entertained. You don't view a film like this in the same way you view a Kubrick film. So what you see is what you get.

My score: 7 (out of 10)

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