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Desperado (1995)

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A gunslinger's 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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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He came back to settle the score with someone. Anyone. EVERYONE. See more »

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA | Mexico

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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,910,446, 27 August 1995

Gross USA:

$25,405,445

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,405,445
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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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Trivia

The bathroom scene before the 2nd bar shootout was directed by Antonio Banderas. Robert Rodriguez said he didn't like using 2nd unit crews and Banderas asked if he could direct the scene, to which Rodriguez agreed. See more »

Goofs

The Short Bartender uses a revolver with a silencer on the barrel. It is impossible to silence a revolver. Revolvers can't be silenced because there is a gap in the rear between the cylinder and the hammer, and a gap in the front between the cylinder and the barrel. A lot of noise from the explosion escapes through these gaps when a revolver is fired. Then again, on one occasion, it does make the sound of an un-silenced gun, so perhaps the filmmakers were acknowledging that the silencer would not work. See more »

Quotes

El Mariachi: Suddenly you're my big brother.
Buscemi: Well I do feel some responsibility for you, yeah.
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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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Soundtracks

Manifold De Amour
Written by David Hidalgo & Louie Perez (as Louis Perez)
Performed by Latin Playboys
Courtesy of Slash/Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Robert Rodriguez's sequel-cum-remake of El Mariachi.
16 August 2005 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

Desperado (1995) was a fun and big budgeted version of Desperado. Robert Rodriguez has fun with the film and the characters from El MARIACHI. Antonio Banderas stars as the mythical El Mariachi whilst Salma Hayyek co-stars as his love interest. Cheech Marin, Danny Trejo, Steve Buscemi and Quentin Tarantino are among the other stars who make guest star appearances.

El Mariachi is hiding out in another small desert town. He's become a legendary vigilante who's still seeking out justice for his dead girlfriend. He has a companion (Steve Buscemi) who helps him out find those who were connected to the boss from the first film. During one of his hits, a hired gun from another crime family comes into town (Danny Trejo). He also fits the description of El Mariachi (somewhat). A local book dealer (Salma Hayek) crosses paths with the legendary crime fighter. Who is the man behind all of El Mariachi's sorrow? Why is he so desperate to single handedly trying to crush the crime in the area? How does he do it by himself? Is he that good? To find out the answers for all of these questions you'll just have to watch DESPERADO.

A fun second parter to EL MARIACHI. Unlike most sequels, you don't need to watch the first film to enjoy this one. It's just another entertaining film that'll burn some time. Enjoy!

Highly recommended.


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