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The Mexican (2001)

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A man tries to transport an ancient gun called The Mexican, believed to carry a curse, back across the border, while his girlfriend pressures him to give up his criminal ways.

Director:

Gore Verbinski

Writer:

J.H. Wyman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Pitt ... Jerry Welbach
Julia Roberts ... Samantha Barzel
James Gandolfini ... Winston Baldry
J.K. Simmons ... Ted Slocum
Bob Balaban ... Bernie Nayman
Sherman Augustus ... Well Dressed Black Man
Michael Cerveris ... Frank
Gene Hackman ... Arnold Margolese
Richard Coca ... Car Thief #1
David Krumholtz ... Beck
Castulo Guerra ... Joe the Pawnshop Owner
Mayra Serbulo Mayra Serbulo ... Emanuelle (as Maira Serbulo)
Salvador Sánchez ... Gunsmith
Alan Ciangherotti Alan Ciangherotti ... Gunsmith's Assistant (as Alan Cianguerotti)
Melisa Romero Melisa Romero ... Gunsmith's Daughter
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Storyline

Jerry Welbach is given two ultimatums. His mob boss wants him to travel to Mexico to get a priceless antique pistol called "The Mexican" or he will suffer the consequences. The other ultimatum comes from his girlfriend Samantha, who wants him to end his association with the mob. Jerry figures that being alive, although in trouble with his girlfriend is the better alternative so he heads south of the border. Finding the pistol is easy but getting it home is a whole other matter. The pistol supposedly carries a curse - a curse Jerry is given every reason to believe, especially when Samantha is held hostage by the gay hit man Leroy to ensure the safe return of the pistol. Written by ck

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Dreamworks SKG

Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

2 March 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La mexicana See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,108,829, 4 March 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$66,808,615, 27 May 2001

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$81,000,000
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jean Reno was originally considered for the part of Leroy. See more »

Goofs

After Leroy takes Samantha from the mall, her car does not have a rear license plate, a few minutes later when he pulls over because she is feeling ill it has a rear license plate. Additionally, when they are speeding down the freeway after leaving the mall the car has acquired a front license plate. See more »

Quotes

Jerry: Yeah..."you're just doing your job..."
Ted: Hey, I do what I have to do, okay?
Jerry: Would you listen to yourself? You sound like Schultz from Hogan's Heroes!
[Imitating]
Jerry: "I know nothing! Nothing!"
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In the middle of the credits, when the first or second song ends, you hear the guy from the car rentals shout "RAOUL !!" See more »

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Why am I the only one who liked it?
9 July 2001 | by candigrrlSee all my reviews

Okay, I admit it. I'm a Julia fan. But before I saw this movie I'd heard so much about it being terrible that I had incredibly low expectations - so I guess I was going in to see it from a different angle to most people.

I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. I actually saw 'Mouse Hunt' or whatever it's called once on TV, didn't think too much of it, and I was hoping that 'The Mexican' would be different. Luckily, it was.

Brad Pitt gives a sweet performance as Jerry, the accident prone hero, but the best part of the movie is the chemistry between Julia Roberts as Sam and James Gandolfini as Leroy - an unlikely relationship between a kidnapper and a kidnappee (is that a word?).

I'd advise people to see this movie with an open mind. If you expect miracles you'll probably be disappointed. But I actually did really like it.

Oh, and it made me cry. Four times. How embarrassing is that? Maybe I'm getting my period or something.


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