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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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Taglines:

The Time Has Come.

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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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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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The Mexican military was originally going to supply the vehicles, but when they found out that the villain was supposed to be an army general, they refused. The vehicles were supplied by local collectors. See more »

Goofs

spoilers!!!!! spoilers!!!! toward the end of the movie, when Johnny Depp is lying alongside Eva Fernandez, from close range they legs nearly touch each other. when viewed from the balcony, they are lying apart from each other. 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

After all the credits, we are treated to one last quick image of Agent Sands (Johnny Depp) with no eyes. 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 »

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Soundtracks

La Chongeada
Written and Performed by Banda San José
Under license from Cabaret 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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