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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 movie was originally entitled "El Pistolero" ("The Gunman") to be consistent with the first film, El Mariachi (1992). It was changed at the request of the studio. In Mexico, it was released as "Pistolero". 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

[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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Alternate Versions

German retail VHS version was cut by ca. 6 minutes to secure a "Not under 16" rating. This version was also used for TV broadcasts. See more »

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Referenced in Equilibrium (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Chinese Surprize
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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Style over substance - and then some
24 June 1999 | by Truman-10See 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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