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After being set-up and betrayed by the man who hired him to assassinate a Texas Senator, an ex-Federale launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Trejo ... Machete
Robert De Niro ... Senator McLaughlin
Jessica Alba ... Sartana
Steven Seagal ... Torrez
Michelle Rodriguez ... Luz
Jeff Fahey ... Booth
Cheech Marin ... Padre
Don Johnson ... Von
Shea Whigham ... Sniper
Lindsay Lohan ... April
Daryl Sabara ... Julio
Gilbert Trejo Gilbert Trejo ... Jorge
Ara Celi ... Reporter
Tom Savini ... Osiris Amanpour
Billy Blair ... Von's Henchman
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Storyline

The highly skilled Federale Machete is hired by some unsavory types to assassinate a senator. But just as he's about to take the shot, he notices someone aiming at him and realizes he's been set up. He barely survives the sniper's bullet, and is soon out for revenge on his former employers, with the reluctant assistance of his brother Cheech Marin, who has become a priest and taken a vow of nonviolence. If you hire him to take out the bad guys, make sure the bad guys aren't you! Written by rmlohner

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Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, language, some sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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English | Spanish | Hungarian

Release Date:

3 September 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,102,888, 5 September 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$26,593,646, 9 December 2013

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,093,316, 9 December 2013
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

WILHELM SCREAM: Heard during the climactic battle, when one of Lieutenant Von Stillman's (Don Johnson's) men is crushed by the "low-rider" style truck. See more »

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(at around 16 mins) An old Mercedes model is used while it's seen a new model in the next scenes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Federale Officer: [in Spanish; subtitled] We're federal agents, not martyrs. This is suicide. She's just another kidnap victim.
[holding up picture]
Federale Officer: What makes her special? Because she's a witness against Torrez? He probably has her locked up, drugged our of her mind. We don't have to do this!
Machete: If not us, then who?
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References Valente Quintero (1973) See more »

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El Rey
Written by José Alfredo Jiménez (as Jose Alfredo Jimenez Sandoval), Universal Music
Performed by Alan Martínez and Mariachi Juvenil de Tecalitlán (as the Mariachi Juvenil Tecalitlán)
Arrangement by Fernando de Santiago
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Classic Rodriguez
7 September 2010 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

Padre Benito del Toro: It's not safe for you to be here. Machete: I'm not looking for "safe." Padre Benito del Toro: No, I mean it's not safe for me for you to be here!

When you can sit back and relax with a Grindhouse satire like Machete, then you are a cinema devotee who accepts outrageous violence and a bit of skin in a Mexploitation fun house.

Robert Rodriguez (whose El Mariachi started his career) is the co-writer/co-director (with Ethan Maniquis) of arguably his best production since Sin City—Machete. Or maybe his and Quentin Tarantino's cult fav, Grindhouse (2007). At any rate, Rodriguez has become synonymous with outright bloody business reminiscent of cheap B movies in the '70's, and he's the best at it.

Machete, played by Danny Trejo, is as ugly as you could hope for in an unstoppable warrior with restless knives. He is a Mexican federale seeking revenge for his family slaughtered by drug lord Torrez (Steven Seagal with a bad toupee). Although the hearty laughs don't last the whole film (after all, too many severed limbs are not sustainable comedy), Rodriguez has other moments to keep us interested, such as a bare-breasted Lindsey Lohan in a pool scene and in another with a machine gun in nun's garb.

All of this fun is in the service of a message, albeit too obvious for my tastes as it slows the latter part of the film with stagey speeches about the crimes against illegal immigrants. The bad guys promote a tougher border presence to deter the aliens, not because they are doing anything immoral, but because tighter borders mean higher prices.

Machete puts an amusing end to a tepid cinema summer (with the exception of the challenging Inception)—after all, if Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Jeff Fahey, Cheech Marin, and Don Johnson can have fun in this mayhem, so can we.


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