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El Mariachi (1992)

El mariachi (original title)
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A traveling mariachi is mistaken for a murderous criminal and must hide from a gang bent on killing him.

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Robert Rodriguez
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlos Gallardo ... El Mariachi
Consuelo Gómez ... Domino
Jaime de Hoyos ... Bigotón (as Jaime De Hoyos)
Peter Marquardt ... Mauricio
Reinol Martinez ... Azul
Ramiro Gómez Ramiro Gómez ... Cantinero (as Ramiro Gomez)
Jesús López Jesús López ... Viejo Clerk (as Jesus Lopez)
Luis Baró Luis Baró ... Domino's Assistant (as Luis Baro)
Oscar Fabila Oscar Fabila ... The Boy
Poncho Ramón Poncho Ramón ... Azul's Rat (as Poncho Ramon)
Fernando Martínez Fernando Martínez ... Azul's Rat (as Fernando Martinez)
Manuel Acosta Manuel Acosta ... Bodyguard
Walter Vargas Walter Vargas ... Prisoner
Roberto Martinez Roberto Martinez ... Prisoner
Virgen Delgado Virgen Delgado ... Female Bodyguard
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Storyline

El Mariachi just wants to play his guitar and carry on the family tradition. Unfortunately, the town he tries to find work in has another visitor...a killer who carries his guns in a guitar case. The drug lord and his henchmen mistake El Mariachi for the killer, Azul, and chase him around town trying to kill him and get his guitar case. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He didn't come looking for trouble, but trouble came looking for him. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

26 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El Mariachi See more »

Filming Locations:

Coahuíla, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$312,528, 18 July 2012

Gross USA:

$2,040,920

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,041,928
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Originally, the film was meant to be sold on the Latino video market as funding for another bigger and better project that Robert Rodriguez was contemplating. However, after being rejected from various Latino straight-to-video distributors, Rodriguez decided to send his film (it was in the format of a trailer at the time) to bigger distribution companies where it started to get attention. See more »

Goofs

Fairly early in the movie, Azul insists he only killed six of Moco's men, while Moco insists ten and the other four are credited to El Mariachi. Actually, Azul is responsible for the death seven of the men (the three hitmen in the opening, four in the bar) and Mariachi is responsible for three (two in the truck, one beside, leaving one unconscious). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mauricio: Good morning, Azul. Know who this is?
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Crazy Credits

In the beginning credits, Robert Rodriguez is listed as the editor. In the ending credits he gets sole credit for additional editing. See more »

Alternate Versions

In addition to the subtitled version, Columbia had an English dubbed version prepared for home video release in the United States. See more »

Connections

Followed by Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Mariachi Solo
Written and Performed by Álvaro Rodríguez (as Alvaro Rodriguez)
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Frequently Asked Questions

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User Reviews

 
Dynamic debut...
2 February 2005 | by poe426See all my reviews

Jaded, perhaps, by years of toiling in the Public Access field (and having sat through scores of first, foundering efforts by scores of foundering aspiring filmmakers), I was taken completely by surprise by the remarkable Robert Rodriguez's first film. As sure and as "polished" as any feature, EL MARIACHI belies its no-budget roots and stands as a testament to determination- and talent. If you're one of those whose attention span precludes sitting down and actually reading Rodriguez's book REBEL WITHOUT A CREW, I recommend obtaining a DVD featuring his "ten-minute film school." And pay very close attention: There'll be a quiz afterward.


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