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Desperado (1995)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... El Mariachi
... Carolina
... Bucho
... Short Bartender
... Buscemi
... Right Hand (as Carlos Gomez)
... Pick-up Guy
... Tavo
Angel Aviles ... Zamira
... Navajas
Abraham Verduzco ... Niño
... Campa
Albert Michel Jr. ... Quino
David Alvarado ... Buddy
... Tourist Girl
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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 hitman 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. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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The explosive new film from Robert Rodriguez 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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25 August 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El Mariachi 2  »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$25,625,110
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Due to the film's relatively low budget, the same two stunt men were used throughout the movie. 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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[the mariachi comes back for the guitar-case of weapons that he just threw away]
El Mariachi: Just in case. It's a long ride to the next town.
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Style over substance - and then some
24 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

Desperado has almost no plot, very little characterisation and it isn't very exciting. Like Batman & Robin. However, unlike Batman & Robin, it's very entertaining, almost painfully stylish and incredibly cool. Banderas just is El Mariachi - I'm gonna have that haircut, I think - Steve Buscemi is very, very funny for as long as he survives, and the latin Winona Ryder Salma Hayek provides the eye candy. Unfortunetly, the action scenes are actually almost all blazing gun battles (a shame for those who wanted to see stunts on horse back, Banderas thrown into a pit to do bull fighting, etc) with hordes of bad guys getting slaughtered, but at least El Mariachi knows what he is doing is wrong, and stops doing it. He's nice to everyone else, and even teaches a kid to play the guitar. So, Desperado is basically an entertaining adventure with bullets flying everywhere and a less than serious tone most of the time - some of this is really funny. However, when Banderas and Hayek go to the bad guys base, don't expect it to be the final explosive shoot-out, because it ain't.


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