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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

No storyboards exist for the film, as Robert Rodriguez had no other crew members to show them to. See more »

Goofs

After the Mariachi uses the zip-line to get to the bus, you can see Robert Rodriguez and his camera in the rear-view mirror. 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 Plump Fiction (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Mariachi Solo
Written and Performed by Álvaro Rodríguez (as Alvaro Rodriguez)
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Dynamic debut...
2 February 2005 | by See 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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