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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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3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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

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Trivia

The role of Cucuy was written for Quentin Tarantino, who ended up having to drop out in order to shoot Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003). See more »

Goofs

When Sands shoots Ajerdez he is wearing his fake arm which he had no means to carry in to the scene and he couldn't have hidden it on his person. 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

The Dimension Films logo is tinted brown to match the color scheme of the movie. 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

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Yo Te Quiero
Written and Performed by Marcos Loya
Courtesy of Spindletop Records
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Rodriguez serves up a mess...
9 March 2004 | by paul-bissetteSee all my reviews

I am a fan of Robert Rodriguez's previous offerings of El Mariachi and the wonderful Desperado. Here he once more returns to the same character as portrayed in the two earlier outings but this time seems to miss the mark by a country mile. Although the first two movies were simple 'revenge' films which served to give the shoot-outs their purpose; this movie tries to embellish this idea with a few sub-plots which frankly just don't work. I was bored throughout and even though he returns with his trademark comic-book violence, this time round it just seemed to be one big yawn-fest.

I had no interest in any of the characters, I am madly in love with Salma Hayek but frankly here I could care less about her character. Banderas does fill the screen when on but sadly, it just isn't enough to lift this movie above more than mere average.

Sorry Robert, if a bigger budget means we have to suffer this, then please go back to the low budget movies that made your name, in those you were brilliant; here, merely less than average.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | Mexico

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

Gross USA:

$56,359,780

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$98,769,390
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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