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.
The same "penis gun" that Sex Machine uses in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) can be seen in this movie in the guitar case when Carolina looks inside it. The Mariachi says "it's saved my life many times". That film was also directed by Robert Rodriguez and also starred Salma Hayek. See more »
During the bar gunfight, El Mariachi kills a fat thug in a cowboy hat as he jumps up onto the bar, and then kills the same thug again a few seconds later. See more »
[El has just walked out of the confessional booth]
Did you want confession?
Heh? Well, maybe later, Father. 'Cause where I am going, I'd just have to come right back.
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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 »
Sharp knives, big guns, awesome fights, great dialog, wonderful characters and Selma Hayek looks better then ever. These are just a few reasons why I like this movie.
"Desperado" is more than an action movie. It has tons of fun in it which makes the movie extremely likable to watch. The action is way over the top but it works very well since the movie obviously doesn't take itself serious. It's fun and cool to watch at the same time.
"Desperado" is a kind of movie that really needs no story and basically there isn't really any. All the fun characters, dialog and action sequences make you forget that there isn't really a story. The Quentin Tarantino cameo is especially entertaining and so are almost every Mexican bad guy that are all in one way or another over the top.
A must see, in my opinion.
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