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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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

Official Sites:

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to Robert Rodriguez, the idea to do a third movie in his El Mariachi (1992) franchise came from his friend Quentin Tarantino, who, knowing Rodriguez to be a fan of Sergio Leone, also suggested the title. Tarantino is given special thanks in the closing credits. Actually, however, Rodriguez intended on making a trilogy from the beginning. You can read that in his book "Rebel Without A Crew". See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, after Belini leaves the bar, Sands is seen taking off his fake arm with the yellowish piece of paper on the table in front of him containing the information given to him by Belini. The shot then shows Sands putting his fake arm in the bag, and when the next shot cuts back, the paper is missing from the table. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in eXploitation CinemA (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Flor De Mal
Written by Tito Larriva and Steven Hufsteter
Produced by Robert Rodriguez and Carl Thiel
Performed by Enrique Iglesias
Courtesy of Interscope Records
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You need to see this two or three times...

...not because it is a piece of cinematography at it's best but simply because you will need to see it two or three times to actually understand the basic plot of the movie (even though I enjoyed watching it immensely).

The main thing that will draw people to watch this movie will be the fact that it has Johnny Depp, Antonio Banderas, Willem Dafoe, Salma Hayek, Eva Mendes, Enrique Iglesias...and many more famous names in it. Although I must admit that some of them should have been given bigger parts or else have been left out altogether.

I did enjoy watching this movie but it doesn't make sense the first time around...there is so much going on that the audience often feels as if trying to figure everything out will cause their brains to overheat. up are still a definite factor, however, As Johnny Depp lends his style and talents to the character of corrupt C.I.A agent, Sheldon Jeffrey Sands(he even came up with the 'sheldon Jeffrey' part of the name) even though the part was originally written for Quentin Tarantino. And praise is much deserved of Enrique Iglesias who plays the opinionated but still very loyal Lorenzoand also Eva Mendes who plays Agent Ajedrez with edge and darkness.

This film is very much one for people who are fans of explosions and action but not for those who like well-written plots. I did enjoy this movie and I think Robert Rodriguez has impeccable style even if he doesn't present it well in some instances.


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