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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

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Rated R for strong violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 February 1993 (USA)  »

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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

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

Goofs

When El Mariachi's hand is shot by Moco, his hand is blown almost completely in half (when he screams), but when he hits the ground, he just has a hole in his palm 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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Mariachi Love Theme
Written and Performed by Cecilio Rodríguez (as Cecilio Rodriguez)
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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 See 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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