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Former musician and gunslinger El Mariachi arrives at a small Mexican border town after being away for a long time. His past quickly catches up with him and he soon gets entangled with the local drug kingpin Bucho and his gang.


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El Mariachi
Short Bartender
Right Hand (as Carlos Gomez)
Pick-up Guy
Angel Aviles ...
Abraham Verduzco ...
Albert Michel Jr. ...
David Alvarado ...
Tourist Girl
Gerardo Moscoso ...
Domino (as Consuelo Gomez)
Bigoton (as Jaime De Hoyos)
Case Opener
Fighting Barfly (as Mark Dalton)
Tommy Nix ...
Fighting Barfly
Bar Girl
Mariachi Fan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hitmen (uncredited)
Guy Scolding Niño Outside Tarasco Bar (uncredited)
Diego Sandoval ...
Empty Gun Man (uncredited)

Directed by

Robert Rodriguez ... (directed by)

Written by

Robert Rodriguez ... (written by)

Produced by

Elizabeth Avellan ... co-producer (as Elizabeth Avellán)
Bill Borden ... producer (produced by)
Carlos Gallardo ... co-producer
Robert Rodriguez ... producer (produced by)

Music by

Los Lobos ... (music by)

Cinematography by

Guillermo Navarro ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Robert Rodriguez

Editorial Department

Erik C. Andersen ... associate editor
Daniel Fort ... assistant film editor (as Daniel A. Fort)
Gloria Kaiser ... color timer
Ethan Maniquis ... assistant film editor
David Orr ... color timer
Joaquin Gonzalo Avellán ... assistant film editor (uncredited)
Darren Block ... post-production assistant (uncredited)

Production Design by

Cecilia Montiel

Art Direction by

Felipe Fernández del Paso ... (as Felipe Fernandez del Paso)

Costume Design by

Graciela Mazón

Makeup Department

Rosie Duprat Fort ... assistant hair stylist (as Rosa Elisa Duprat R.) / assistant makeup artist (as Rosa Elisa Duprat R.)
Ermahn Ospina ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Douglas J. White ... special effects makeup & prosthetics (as Douglas White)
Allan A. Apone ... special makeup designer (uncredited)

Production Management

Tony Mark ... unit production manager
Luz María Rojas ... unit production manager (as Luz Maria Rojas Magnon)
Tamara Smith ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Diego Sandoval ... second assistant director
Batan Silva ... first assistant director (as Sebastian Gaetano Silva)
Joaquin Silva ... second second assistant director
Antonio Banderas ... director: bathroom scene (uncredited)
Steve M. Davison ... second unit director (uncredited)

Art Department

Mark 'Digger' Green ... assistant property master (as Mark Green)
Terry Haskell ... property master
Ricardo M. Kaplan ... assistant art director
Eduardo Lopez ... lead dresser
Ernesto López Ríos ... construction coordinator (as Ernesto Lopez Rios)

Sound Department

Dean Beville ... supervising sound editor
Matthew C. Beville ... sound editor (as Matthew Beville)
Edmond J. Coblentz Jr. ... assistant sound editor
Thomas Raymond Fabbricante ... assistant sound editor
Judee Flick ... adr editor
Gary S. Gerlich ... sound editor (as Gary Gerlich)
Greg Hedgepath ... sound editor (as Gregory A. Hedgepath)
Pedro Mejía ... boom operator (as Pedro Mejia)
Sergio Reyes ... re-recording mixer
B. Tennyson Sebastian III ... re-recording mixer (as Tennyson Sebastian III)
Frank Smathers ... foley editor (as Frank T. Smathers)
Charles Ewing Smith ... dialogue editor
Mark Ulano ... production sound mixer
Tim Gomillion ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Larry Hopkins ... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
Derek Marcil ... adr mixer (uncredited)
Marvin Walowitz ... sound effects editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

B.J. Shelley ... special effects assistant
Bob Shelley ... special effects coordinator
Malinda Shelley ... special effects assistant
Steve Fink ... prosthetics technician (uncredited)


David Alvarado ... stunts
Julian Bucio ... stunts (as Julian Bucio Montemayor)
Steve M. Davison ... stunt coordinator
Richie Gaona ... stunts
Ramiro González ... stunts (as Ramiro Gonzalez)
Allan R.J. Joseph ... stunts (as Allan R. J. Joseph)
Henry Kingi Jr. ... stunts (as Henry Masao Kingi Jr.)
Javier Lambert ... stunts (as Javier Lambert Rodriguez)
Troy Robinson ... stunts
Gilbert Rosales ... stunts
Robert Arevalo ... stuntman (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

David Berryman ... second assistant camera
Ricardo Oscar Fernández ... first assistant camera (as Ricardo Oscar Fernandez)
Joaquin Gutierrez ... second assistant camera
Gerardo Manjarrez ... first assistant camera (as Gerardo Manjarrez Chavez)
Marco Morales Echeverría ... second grip (as Marco Morales Echeverria)
Fernando Moreno ... chief lighting technician
Robert Rodriguez ... steadicam operator
Jesús Romero ... key grip (as Jesus Romero)
Antonio Sánchez Romero ... best boy electric (as Antonio Sanchez Romero)
Rico Torres ... still photographer
Douglas Kirkland ... still photographer (uncredited)
Juan Martín ... electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

David Giella ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Alana Caudillo ... wardrobe assistant (as Alana Ackley)
Ireri Mazón Salas ... wardrobe assistant
Carlos Mungia Rodríguez ... wardrobe supervisor: women (as Carlos Mungia Rodriguez)
Adolfo Ramírez ... wardrobe supervisor: men (as Adolfo Ramirez)

Location Management

Joaquin Gonzalo Avellán ... assistant location manager
Mariano Carranco ... location manager

Music Department

Michael Connell ... music editor
Tito Larriva ... composer: additional music
Karyn Rachtman ... music supervisor
Steven Hufsteter ... musician: guitars (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Robin Anderson ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

Kenny Mason ... transportation coordinator
Mark Gantt ... driver (uncredited)

Additional Crew

Anelis Patiño Coronas ... production secretary
Deborah Dalton ... assistant: Mr. Banderas
Fernanda Echeverria ... production coordinator (as Fernanda Echeverria B.)
Miguel Gurza ... animal wrangler
Cheri Hall ... production accountant
Elsa Hermoso ... production accountant
Pamela Jaeckle ... production coordinator
Rafael M. Kaplan ... extra crew
Don Levy ... unit publicist
Jenny Manriquez ... assistant: Mr. Borden
Juan Luis Obregón ... production assistant
Leticia Avalos Ramos ... production assistant
Carlos Renero ... animal wrangler
Barry Rosenbush ... production assistant
Daniel J. Shaw ... production assistant
Josephine Batorski ... studio teacher (uncredited)
Arturo del Río ... production liaison (uncredited)
Kelly Frazier ... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)


Carmen M. De Gallardo ... special thanks (as Mrs. Carmen Monsivais de Gallardo)
Ramiro Guzmán ... special thanks (as Mr. & Mrs. Ramiro Guzman)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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

Also Known As
  • Pistolero (United States)
  • El Mariachi 2 (United States)
  • Pistolero (Mexico)
  • Robert Rodriguez: Desperado (Spain)
  • La balada del pistolero (Spain)
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  • 104 min
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Budget $7,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia During the production of the film, director Robert Rodriguez and actor Danny Trejo discovered they're second cousins. See more »
Goofs When El Mariachi follows the boy and slides his shoulder along the wall, leaving blood smears, in one shot you can see what look like places where smears from a previous take have been not-quite-completely scrubbed off. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Anti-Hero's Journey (2004). See more »
Soundtracks Six Blade Knife See more »
Quotes Pick-up Guy: [sitting at the counter inside the Tarasco Bar] This reminds me of a joke. This guy comes into a bar, walks up to the bartender. Says, "Bartender, I got me a bet for you. I'm gonna bet you $300 that I can piss into that glass over there and not spill a single, solitary drop." The bartender looks. I mean, we're talking, like, this glass is like a good ten feet away. He says, "Now wait, let me get this strait. You're tryin' to tell me you'll bet me $300 that you can piss, standing over here, way over there into that glass, and not spill a single drop?" Customer looks up and says, "That's right." Bartender says, "Young man, you got a bet." The guy goes, "Okay, here we go. Here we go." Pulls out his thing. He's lookin' at the glass, man. He's thinkin' about the glass. He's thinkin' about the glass. Glass. He's thinkin' about the glass, glass. Thinkin' about his dick. Dick, glass, dick, glass, dick, glass, dick, glass, dick, glass, dick, glass, dick, glass. And then, *foosh*, he lets it rip. And he-he's pisses all over the place, man. He's pissin' on the bar. He pissin' on the stools, on the floor, on the phone, on the bartender! He's pissing everywhere *except* the fucking glass! Right? Okay. So, bartender, he's laughing his fuckin' ass off. He's $300 richer. He's like, "Ha, ha, ha, ha!" Piss dripping off his face. "Ha, ha, ha, ha!" He says, "You fucking idiot, man! You got it in everything except the glass! You owe me $300 punta." Guy goes, "Excuse me just one-one little second." Goes in the back of the bar. In back, there's a couple of guys playing pool. He walks over to them. Comes back to the bar. Goes, "Here you go, Mr. Bartender, 300." And the bartender's like, "What the fuck are you so happy about? You just lost $300, idiot!" The guy says, "Well, see those guys over there? I just bet them $500 a piece that I could piss on your bar, piss on your floor, piss on your phone, and piss on you, and not only would you not be mad about it, you'd be happy."
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