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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
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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love with the safety off


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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DTS | SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film cast includes four Oscar winners: Gene Hackman, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, J.K. Simmons'; and two Oscar nominees: Bob Balaban and Lawrence Bender. See more »

Goofs

When Sam is throwing stuff from the balcony, Jerry is standing in shadow in one shot, but in bright sunshine in every other. See more »

Quotes

Samantha: What was that?
Leroy: What?
Samantha: That (points eyes to the right) moment?
Leroy: "What? What moment...?
Samantha: ...Are you gay?
Leroy: As in happy?
Samantha: As in homosexual...?
Leroy: What does my sexuality have anything to do with this?
Samantha: You just checked that guy out and had a 'moment'!
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the credits, Samantha whispers "I love you, Jerry". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

You're Nobody 'til Somebody Loves You
Written by James Cavanaugh, Russ Morgan, and Larry Stock
Performed by Dean Martin
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Not as bad, as people say.
2 January 2002 | by Andy C-2See all my reviews

Being quite a harsh critic myself, I was surprised to see how badly recieved this film was. Admittably the film tended to drag a little length and was missing something to make it a little more entertaining.

But the film has some interesting characters, situations, and scenery to make this film highly watchable. Pitt and Roberts are good, but have put in much better performances elsewhere. And spend the majority of the film apart. I suspect the main criticisms of this film are mainly to do with high expectations: in having Pitt, Roberts and the Sopranos guy in. But in summary, an alright film - but nothing special.


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