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Machete (2010)

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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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Yesterday He Was a Decent Man Living a Decent Life. Now He is a Brutal Savage Who Must Slaughter to Stay Alive. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Hungarian

Release Date:

3 September 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Machete See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,416,164, 5 September 2010

Gross USA:

$26,593,646

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,093,316
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's politics proved to be very prescient with Robert De Niro's fictitious Senator advocating a clamp down on Mexican immigration by building a huge wall across the entire length of the Mexico and U.S. border. This was one of the policies of Donald Trump in his 2016 Presidential bid. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene where Machete and his partner are attacking the drug-house, several bullets are fired through the windscreen as they approach the building. However, when the car crashes through the building, the windscreen is completely intact and bullet-hole-less. 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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Crazy Credits

Before the end credits roll: "Machete will return in Machete Kills (2013) and Machete Kills Again." See more »

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Soundtracks

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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Why is this not billed as a comedy?
6 September 2010 | by mike-3842See all my reviews

When I saw the trailer for this film I thought it had to be trash but I laughed almost from the beginning to the end. Tongue in cheek humour - it's all intentional, there is nothing unfunny about Machete.

I was ready for a lot of gore but it was all done in such a hilarious way that I hardly noticed how disgusting it was. I fact, I was still laughing 5 minutes after I left the cinema.

If he wasn't already so old I would say Danny Trejo was an undiscovered talent set for a meteoric rise, but the guy is already 64. I never could have guessed as the adrenaline and action pumped incessantly.... and hysterically this weather-beaten old dude also managed effortlessly to bed any chiquita he came across, and in style too.

Machete kills and maims and has sex all the way through the movie, but amazingly he is also a gentleman. you have to love him.

The best movie I have seen this year and the best movie of this genre for some time. Top marks for not taking itself one bit seriously but knowing exactly how to entertain!


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