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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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When the smoke clears, it just means he's reloading. See more »

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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:

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Filming Locations:

Coahuíla, Mexico See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$25,625,110
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (as Dolby Stereo SR)| SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Los Lobos: In the audience, during the bar scene in the opening credits. See more »

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After El Mariachi and the accountant slide toward each other on the bar they each fire their weapon (with both of them being empty). El Mariachi drops his gun on the bar and in the immediate reverse angle it is still in his hand, then switches back to the original angle where his gun is again on the bar. See more »

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El Mariachi: You know, it's easier to pull the trigger than play guitar. Easier to destroy than to create.
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By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Can You Say 'Preposterous?" (But Lots Of Fun)
10 March 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

There are so many adjectives one could use describing this film, I wouldn't know where to begin to start. I'll just try to limit them to a few. The headline here states one of them. Others could be "ludicrous," "fun," "amusing," "stupid," etc. You get the idea.

Robert Rodriguez took the profits from his first film, "El Mariachi," and continued on with the story now with more funds, so he made it glossier, more explosive, added some name actors and, of course, way overdid it, making it almost a cartoon it is so outrageous. He continued this with the third film, "Once Upon A Time In Mexico" which is even more of the same.

If something worked subtly the first time, filmmakers think that to improve on it is by bombarding the audience with it the next time. They don't know when enough is enough and, boy, does that apply to Rodriguez. He does keep you entertained, though, once you check your brains at the door and begin watching the show. However, all this excess makes it lose any credibility "El Mariachi" might have built up with the first show in this trilogy.

Whether the movie is really dumb or its just tongue-in-cheek humor by Rodriguez, it has super-style and fun to watch. Talk about stylish! No wonder Quentin Tarantino and he are good friends and the latter has a guest appearance in the film. They both love having fun with the cameras.

The first eight minutes let you know what you are in for: outrageousness. It's an 8-minute scene at a bar involving a story told by Steve Buscemi. It's one of the highlights of the movie.

Antonio Bandaras and Selyma Hayek are the "good guys" but they aren't exactly Billy Graham and Mother Teresa. If they are the good guys, you can imagine how evil the "bad guys" are? Speaking of them, two of the toughest- looking hombres in the business are chief among the villains: Joaquim de Almeida and Danny Trejo.

Some of the action scenes are so outrageous you laugh out loud. My favorite was a guy shooting rockets out of his guitar case! As that tells you, it's just a wild ride: 103 minutes of south-of-the-border Rodriguez-Tarantino lunacy and despite what may sound like a bunch of insults, I always have fun watching this movie.


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