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Machete (2010)

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After being set-up and betrayed by the man who hired him to assassinate a Texas Senator, an ex-Federale launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss.

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Von's Henchman


The highly skilled Federale Machete is hired by some unsavory types to assassinate a senator. But just as he's about to take the shot, he notices someone aiming at him and realizes he's been set up. He barely survives the sniper's bullet, and is soon out for revenge on his former employers, with the reluctant assistance of his brother Cheech Marin, who has become a priest and taken a vow of nonviolence. If you hire him to take out the bad guys, make sure the bad guys aren't you! Written by rmlohner

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Robert De Niro as The Senator See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, language, some sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 September 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Мачете  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$10,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,102,888 (USA) (3 September 2010)


£90,423 (UK) (26 November 2010)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Sartana pulls up Machete's file on her laptop, it shows the following information: Birth Name: Machete Cortez; Nationality: Mexican; Race: Hispanic; Date of Birth: 16 May 1944 (actual birth date of Danny Trejo who plays Machete); Place of Birth: Juarez, Ch, Mexico; Aliases: Cuchillo, Navajas (names of characters played by Danny Trejo in other movies directed by Robert Rodriguez; Height: 5' 11"; Weight: 210 lbs; Military Status: Ex-Federale; Whereabouts: Unknown; Identifying Marks: Tattoo of woman wearing a sombrero on chest. See more »


In Spanish, the singular form of Federales is Federal, not Federale as constantly seen in the movie. Although this is a common Anglo misconception, it is presented on Machete's official personnel files which would never make such a mistake. See more »


[first lines]
Federale Officer: [in Spanish; subtitled] We're federal agents, not martyrs. This is suicide. She's just another kidnap victim.
[holding up picture]
Federale Officer: What makes her special? Because she's a witness against Torrez? He probably has her locked up, drugged our of her mind. We don't have to do this!
Machete: If not us, then who?
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Crazy Credits

Before the end credits roll: "Machete will return in Machete Kills (2013) and Machete Kills Again." See more »


Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.108 (2010) See more »


Machete Main Title Theme
Written by Tito Larriva, Steven Hufsteter and Robert Rodriguez
Performed by Tito & Tarantula (as Tito and Tarantula)
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User Reviews

He's Machete
13 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I heard they were making this film, I found it to be a bit ridiculous. If it weren't for the positive reviews, I wouldn't have watched it, hence why I should do this film a favor and write a review to persuade others to give it a chance.

If any of the actors on the cast list intrigue you, you'll love this film, particularly Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriguez. Steven Seagal and Lohan do have roles, but they aren't significant and they are well done.

Enjoy this film for what it is, it shouldn't really be classified as a comedy though. It's a great film through and through, highly enjoyable from start to finish.

The thing I enjoyed most about this film is that there aren't many American films centered around Mexico just for the hell of it, but this one is and it delivers! Great film, great acting, and Michelle Rodriguez and Jessica Alba are gorgeous!

Although some might dislike the style of the film, if you enjoyed From Dusk 'Till Dawn, Grindhouse (Plant Terror, Death Proof), and violence from Sin City, you'll enjoy this film. -Robert Rodriguez style to sum it up-

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