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Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)

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Hitman "El Mariachi" becomes involved in international espionage involving a psychotic CIA agent and a corrupt Mexican general.

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Robert Rodriguez
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Banderas ... El Mariachi
Salma Hayek ... Carolina
Johnny Depp ... Sands
Mickey Rourke ... Billy
Eva Mendes ... Ajedrez
Danny Trejo ... Cucuy
Enrique Iglesias ... Lorenzo
Marco Leonardi ... Fideo
Cheech Marin ... Belini
Rubén Blades ... Jorge FBI
Willem Dafoe ... Barillo
Gerardo Vigil Gerardo Vigil ... Marquez
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... El Presidente (as Pedro Armendariz)
Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Advisor
Tito Larriva ... Cab Driver
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Storyline

In the third movie of Rodriguez's "Mariachi" trilogy, a Mexican drug lord pretends to overthrow the Mexican government, and is connected to a corrupt CIA agent who at that time, demands retribution from his worst enemy to carry out the drug lord's uprising against the government. Written by Anonymous

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The Time Has Come.

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Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site | Official site | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

12 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El Mariachi 3 See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,424,118, 14 September 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$56,359,780

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$98,185,582
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

One of the first films to be shot on an HD Digital camera at 24 frames per second, the Sony HDW900. See more »

Goofs

El Mariachi and Carolina are young, and Carolina has been dead for about a year or so. So it is unclear how Marquez fits into Carolina's old love life since she and El had been together for years and she was with Bucho for several years before that. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Agent Sands: I never heard of him.
Belini: Who?
Agent Sands: The man you recommended.
Belini: The guitar fighter?
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Crazy Credits

Special Thanks - Quentin Tarantino See more »

Alternate Versions

The theatrical version was screened in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The DVD & Blu-ray version keeps the original High-Definition 1.78:1 aspect ratio. Only Netflix has the theatrical 2.39:1 aspect ratio of the film. See more »

Connections

References Brazil (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

El Pájaro Cú
Traditional
Performed by Mariachi Cobre
Under license from Celestial Harmonies
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7 March 2004 | by Flat_WaterSee all my reviews

I've seen some bad movies in my day, but this one ranks right up there with the worst of them. Several other posters noticed the same thing in the opening credits, the film was CHOPPED by Rodriguez. That credit is the understatement of the century. It takes a really bad movie for me to be unhappy about it...I hated this film. The story was hard to follow, the action scenes were so bad they were laughable, and the great cast was wasted on this wretched project. Johnny Depp is the sole bright spot in this movie, too bad the story didn't evolve around him. In the end, even he was relegated to a completely rediculous role. Who did Rodriguez think Depp was...Daredevil? Ugh. I wouldn't watch this again if you paid me $20.


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