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El Mariachi ()

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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El Mariachi
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Domino
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Bigotón (as Jaime De Hoyos)
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Mauricio
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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
Juanita Vargas ...
Female Bodyguard
Yolanda Puga ...
Female Bodyguard
Jaime R. Rodríguez ...
Moco's Men (as Jaime Rodriguez)
Luis Cadena ...
Moco's Men
Afredo Martínez ...
Moco's Men (as Afredo Martinez)
Gerardo Jáquez ...
Moco's Men (as Gerardo Jaquez)
Mario Mata ...
Moco's Men
Daniel Delgado ...
Moco's Men
Rosendo Ortíz ...
Moco's Men (as Rosendo Ortiz)
César Cadena ...
Moco's Men (as Cesar Cadena)
José Salinas ...
Moco's Men (as Jose Salinas)
Robert Santoyo ...
Moco's Men
Sabas Pérez ...
Moco's Men (as Sabas Perez)
Guadencio Martín ...
Moco's Men (as Guadencio Martin)
Juan Garcia ...
Moco's Men
Máximo Martín ...
Moco's Men (as Maximo Martin)
DiFonso Quezada ...
Moco's Men
Manuel Vejor ...
Moco's Men
Alfredo Cisneros ...
Keyboardist
Alejandro Peña ...
Piña / Loco
Israel Reyes ...
Taco
Clara Scott ...
Moco's Manicurist
María Castillo ...
Jail Guard (as Maria Castillo)
Samuel Quiroz ...
Jail Guard
Roberto Delgado ...
Jail Guard
Fermín Barrón ...
School Bus Driver (as Fermin Barron)
H.B. ...
Pit Bull
Tito Tortuga ...
La Tortuga

Directed by

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Robert Rodriguez

Written by

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Robert Rodriguez ... (written by)

Produced by

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Elizabeth Avellan ... associate producer (as Elizabeth Avellán)
Carmen M. De Gallardo ... associate producer
Carlos Gallardo ... producer
Robert Rodriguez ... producer

Music by

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Eric Guthrie
Chris Knudson
Cecilio Rodríguez ... (as Cecilio Rodriguez)
Álvaro Rodríguez ... (as Alvaro Rodriguez)
Mark Trujillo ... (as Marc Trujillo)

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Robert Rodriguez

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Robert Rodriguez

Editorial Department

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Robert Rodriguez ... additional editor
Richard Epcar ... dubbed version (uncredited)
Daniel Fort ... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Marc Wielage ... digital colorist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Carlos Gallardo ... unit production manager

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Mario Gonzales ... carpenter

Sound Department

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Robert Rodriguez ... sound editor
Gregory H. Watkins ... re-recording mixer

Special Effects by

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Carlos Gallardo ... special effects
Robert Rodriguez ... special effects

Stunts

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Mario Hernández ... stunt supervisor (as Mario Hernandez)
Manuel Salinas ... stunt supervisor

Camera and Electrical Department

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Carlos Gallardo ... dolly grip
Roberto Martinez ... dolly grip
Robert Rodriguez ... camera operator / still photographer

Music Department

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Robert Rodriguez ... music editor

Other crew

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Maria Gonzales ... assistant to producers
Roberto Martinez ... production assistant
Lic. Francisco Martínez ... production attorney (as Lic. Francisco Martinez)

Thanks

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Jose Aranda ... special thanks
Alfonso Arau ... special thanks: Provided the bathtub
Elizabeth Avellan ... special thanks (as Elizabeth Avellán)
Jorge Cadena ... special thanks
Humberto Cantu ... special thanks
Ben Davis ... special thanks
Carmen M. De Gallardo ... special thanks (as Carmen M. de Gallardo)
Samuel Flores ... special thanks
Ernesto Gallegos ... special thanks
Gudelio Garza ... special thanks
Jaime Garza ... special thanks
Ricardo Garza ... special thanks
George Hively ... special thanks
Thomas G. Jingles ... special thanks (as Thomas Jingles)
Jay Kamen ... special thanks
Keith Kritselis ... special thanks
Gary Krivacek ... special thanks
Josue Muñoz Quintero ... special thanks
Miguel Orihuela ... special thanks
Rafael Perales ... special thanks
Lic. Evaristo Perez Arreola ... special thanks
Enrique Perez ... special thanks
Hector Monroy Plascencia ... special thanks
Manuel Portillo ... special thanks
Jaime Rodriguez ... special thanks
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Plot Summary

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

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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 »
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Also Known As
  • El Mariachi (United States)
  • El Mariachi (Germany)
  • El Mariachi, suonatore di chitarra (Italy)
  • Музыкант (Russia)
  • Dræberen (Denmark)
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Runtime
  • 81 min
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Box Office

Budget $7,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $2,041,928, 12 Aug 2012

Did You Know?

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Trivia While the production budget for the film was $7,000, Robert Rodriguez estimated that if he didn't have to pay for film, processing and telecine costs, it would have only cost $600. 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into The Anti-Hero's Journey (2004). See more »
Soundtracks Ganas De Vivir See more »
Crazy Credits Turtle... Tito La Tortuga See more »
Quotes [last lines]
El Mariachi: [voiceover] All I wanted was to be a mariachi, like my ancestors. But the city I thought would bring me luck brought only a curse. I lost my guitar, my hand, and her. With this injury, I may never play the guitar again. Without her, I have no love. But with the dog and the weapons, I'm prepared for the future.
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