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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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Cast

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

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

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 February 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$312,528, 18 July 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,040,920

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,041,928, 12 August 2012
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

T he squibs used in shootout scenes were simply condoms filled with fake blood and fixed over weightlifting belts. See more »

Goofs

When the Mariachi picks up the first gun and makes his first kill (at thirty minutes into the movie), the gun type changes. In the first shot of that sequence, it is a Mac-10. In the next shots where the Mariachi is firing at the camera, it changes to something resembling a Tec-9. Finally, it switches back to a Mac-10. See more »

Quotes

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

Turtle... Tito La Tortuga See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Big Hit (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Mariachi Tecnologia
Written and Performed by Nestor Fajardo
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This First One Still The Best In The Trilogy
24 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

This movie put director Robert Rodriguez "on the map." He followed up with two sequels: "Desperado" and "Once Upon A Time In Mexico." Not surprising, the best of the three was this low-budget opening film. As Rodriquez had more and more money to spend on the sequels, the stories got more and more carried away with too many explosions and special-effects, losing the charm of this first effort.

Unlike the sequels, this Mexican-made, so it is in Spanish with English subtitles. Don't let that scare you away. There isn't a great deal of dialog so keeping up with the subtitles is very easy.

The movie has very interesting camera closeups and angles as Rodriquez showed he was going to be a stylish director. The story is simple but effective, suspenseful and even with some humor. Unnlike his subsequent films in this trilogy, the action is not overdone here.

The length is also is a plus. At 80 minutes you can be thoroughly entertained in less than an hour-and-a half. The only disappointment to me was the print quality on th DVD, but I got an early edition. There might be better editions out since. It's not fuzzy but it's not sharp, either.

Anyway: highly recommend for actions/crime buffs who like style in their photography, or saw the sequels and would like to know the history of this particular "Mariachi."


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