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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
7 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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:

With a guitar in his hand and a price on his head, he wasn't 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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,040,920

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,041,928, 12 August 2012
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The opening scenes feature a shootout in a jail. It was the local Acuña jail situated on the outskirts of the town. Also, the female warden and the male guard were the real-life warden and guard; Robert Rodriguez thought it convenient because it saved him the cost of hiring actors and renting clothing. See more »

Goofs

When Azul first goes into Domino's bar he orders a beer and takes a big gulp of it. In the next shot his beer is completely full. 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

Referenced in The Big Hit (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Ganas De Vivir
Written and Performed by Juan Suarez
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User Reviews

One of the greatest low budget movies of the last twenty years, and still an inspiration to wanna be movie makers around the world.
3 December 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

'El Mariachi' should still be regarded as an inspiration to wanna be movie makers around the world. For around US$7,000 Robert Rodriguez created one of the most enjoyable action movies to hit Hollywood since Peckinpah's 'The Getaway'. Once again Rodriguez proves the point that creativity and imagination beat million dollar budgets every time. An obvious concept to most people one would think, but going by the overblown CGI infested crapola at a theatre near you something that mainstream Hollywood STILL doesn't get! Carlos Gallardo played El Mariachi and co-produced with Rodriguez who did just about everything else - writer, director, cinematographer, editor, special effects,etc.etc. I first saw this movie not long after it hit video and I enjoyed it a lot. I recently watched it on DVD for the first time, ten years after I first saw it, and to me it really stands up. (Rodriguez' commentary is also highly recommended to any aspiring director) Personally my favourite Rodriguez movie is 'From Dusk Til Dawn', but 'El Mariachi' comes a close second. It's sequel cum remake 'Desperado' is a better known to most people but despite a budget 1000 times bigger(!) and some "name" actors involved I don't think it has half the energy and fun of the original, one of the greatest low budget movies of the last twenty years.


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