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Desperado (1995)

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A gunslinger is embroiled in a war with a local drug runner.

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Robert Rodriguez
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Banderas ... El Mariachi
Salma Hayek ... Carolina
Joaquim de Almeida ... Bucho
Cheech Marin ... Short Bartender
Steve Buscemi ... Buscemi
Carlos Gómez ... Right Hand (as Carlos Gomez)
Quentin Tarantino ... Pick-up Guy
Tito Larriva ... Tavo
Angel Aviles Angel Aviles ... Zamira
Danny Trejo ... Navajas
Abraham Verduzco Abraham Verduzco ... Niño
Carlos Gallardo ... Campa
Albert Michel Jr. Albert Michel Jr. ... Quino
David Alvarado David Alvarado ... Buddy
Angela Lanza ... Tourist Girl
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Storyline

Director Robert Rodriguez picks up where his successful independent debut El Mariachi left off with this slam-bang South of the Border action saga. Bucho (Joaquim DeAlmeida) is a wealthy but casually bloodthirsty drug kingpin who rules a seedy Mexican border town. Bucho and his men make the mistake of angering El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas), a former musician who now carries an arsenal in his guitar case. Bucho was responsible for the death of El Mariachi's girlfriend and put a bullet through his fretting hand, making him unable to play the guitar. Bent on revenge, the musician-turned-killing machine arrives in town to put Bucho out of business, though he finds few allies except for Carolina (Salma Hayek), who runs a bookstore that doesn't seem to attract many readers. Desperado features supporting performances from Cheech Marin as a cynical bartender, Steve Buscemi as the cantina patron who sets up the story, and Quentin Tarantino as a man with a really terrible joke to tell.

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The explosive new film from Robert Rodriguez See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, a strong sex sequence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 August 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El Mariachi 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Coahuíla, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$25,625,110
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Dolby Stereo (as Dolby Stereo SR)| SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The MPAA originally gave the movie an NC 17 rating. Many deaths and action scenes had to be heavily cut down for an R rating. These include the death scenes of Pick Up guy and his friend at the bar and the death of Danny Trejo's character. By far the most major excision came at the end of the film, which originally contained a large-scale shootout between El Mariachi, Carolina, Bucho and his thugs at Bucho's mansion. However, owing to the amount of footage the MPAA demanded be removed from the scene, Rodriguez elected to remove the sequence in its entirety, giving the film its final fade-out ending. Two additional scenes were also deleted featuring the "crotch-gun" (seen in the guitar case). Originally, the gun was used by El Mariachi during the second bar shootout when he uses it to shoot the pony tailed thug in the balls before whipping out his pistols from his sleeves and finishing him off. In a second deleted scene, the crotch gun went off accidentally while Banderas is in bed with Hayek, blowing a hole through the guitar that they were playing. See more »

Goofs

When the guitar exchange happens, the guitar the boy gives the man in the car does not have a shoulder strap, when he gives it back to El Mariachi and when he breaks it, it has a strap. See more »

Quotes

Tourist Girl: And, your beer tastes like piss.
Short Bartender: [from behind the counter] We know.
Tavo: [hunched over the counter inside the Tarasco Bar] 'Cause we piss in it!
Short Bartender: That's not all!
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Alternate Versions

Reportedly, Desperado suffered severe cuts when initially submitted for an R-rating. The end sequence originally involved a large scale shootout between El Mariachi, Carolina, Bucho & his thugs. After seeing the amount of footage that needed to be trimmed, the director opted to delete the entire scene which currently ends in a slow-mo of Banderas blasting away. 2 additional scenes were also removed featuring the "crotch-gun" (seen in the guitar case) used during 2nd bar shootout and the same gun going off accidentally when Banderas is in bed with Hayek. This gun was later used for a scene in From Dusk Till Dawn. See more »

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Decent, but not as good as others would like you to believe.
1 April 2011 | by callanvassSee all my reviews

Credit IMDb. With this sequel to his prize-winning independent previous film, "El Mariachi," director Robert Rodriquez joins the ranks of Sam Peckinpah and John Woo as a master of slick, glamorized ultra-violence. We pick up the story as a continuation of "El Mariachi," where an itinerant musician, looking for work, gets mistaken for a hit-man and thereby entangled in a web of love, corruption, and death. This time, he is out to avenge the murder of his lover and the maiming of his fretting hand, which occurred at the end of the earlier movie. However, the plot is recapitulated, and again, a case of mistaken identity leads to a very high body count, involvement with a beautiful woman who works for the local drug lord, and finally, the inevitable face-to-face confrontation and bloody showdown.

Desperado is a decent but overrated installment in Rodriguez's infamous trilogy. Action scenes are stylish, Banderas is a bad ass, but I felt a bit cold when it was all done. Some of the scenes wowed me, yet some bored me. Banderas's and Hayek's chemistry was the real story here.

Performances. Antonio Banderas is as cool as ice here. Unlike Once Upon Time in Mexico, he's able to roam free here. He was highly entertaining. Salma Hayek is easy on the eyes, no doubt, but she can also hold her own acting wise. She's sassy, sexy and credible. Cheech Marin has a cool role as a bartender, while Danny Trejo rocks it.

Bottom line. A bit overrated, but the good outweighs the bad for the most part. Settle your expectations and you'll be OK. You might even think it lives up to the hype, but I didn't. Worth a watch.

6 ½ 10


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