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El Mariachi (1992)

El mariachi (original title)
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A traveling mariachi is mistaken for a murderous criminal and must hide from a gang bent on killing him.

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Robert Rodriguez
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlos Gallardo ... El Mariachi
Consuelo Gómez ... Domino
Jaime de Hoyos ... Bigotón (as Jaime De Hoyos)
Peter Marquardt ... Mauricio
Reinol Martinez ... Azul
Ramiro Gómez Ramiro Gómez ... Cantinero (as Ramiro Gomez)
Jesús López Jesús López ... Viejo Clerk (as Jesus Lopez)
Luis Baró Luis Baró ... Domino's Assistant (as Luis Baro)
Oscar Fabila Oscar Fabila ... The Boy
Poncho Ramón Poncho Ramón ... Azul's Rat (as Poncho Ramon)
Fernando Martínez Fernando Martínez ... Azul's Rat (as Fernando Martinez)
Manuel Acosta Manuel Acosta ... Bodyguard
Walter Vargas Walter Vargas ... Prisoner
Roberto Martinez Roberto Martinez ... Prisoner
Virgen Delgado Virgen Delgado ... Female Bodyguard
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Storyline

El Mariachi just wants to play his guitar and carry on the family tradition. Unfortunately, the town he tries to find work in has another visitor...a killer who carries his guns in a guitar case. The drug lord and his henchmen mistake El Mariachi for the killer, Azul, and chase him around town trying to kill him and get his guitar case. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He didn't come looking for trouble, but trouble came looking for him. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

26 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El Mariachi See more »

Filming Locations:

Coahuíla, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$312,528, 18 July 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,040,920

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,041,928, 12 August 2012
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Rodriguez spared expense by shooting on 16 mm film as opposed to 35 mm, and transferring the film to video for editing, avoiding the costs of cutting on film. In the end, he used only 24 rolls of film and only spent $7,225 of the $9,000 he had planned. See more »

Goofs

The keyboard player at the bar disappears moments after playing when Azul kills the men inside. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mauricio: Good morning, Azul. Know who this is?
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Crazy Credits

Turtle... Tito La Tortuga See more »

Alternate Versions

In addition to the subtitled version, Columbia had an English dubbed version prepared for home video release in the United States. See more »


Soundtracks

Maldicion
Written and Performed by Mark Trujillo (as Marc Trujillo)
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Robert Rodriguez's feature film debut!!
16 August 2005 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

El Mariachi (1992) was a fine debut for film maker Robert Rodriguez. He makes the most of his minuscule budget and makes a very entertaining action film. The story behind the making of the film is even more interesting than the movie itself. You can tell from this movie that Robert Rodriguez had a bright future in the movie business.

The story is about a musician who's trying to find work in a Mexican border town. None of the places he visits wants to hire a guitar player for their business. Meanwhile another man comes to town carrying a guitar case, he's no musician. He's a notorious hit man for a local gangster. When their paths cross, nothing but trouble lies ahead for the El Mariachi. Can the poor dude survive the week without being killed? Who is this guitar carrying killer? Why is he in town? What are the local crime boss' motives? To find out you'll have to watch EL MARIACHI!!!

An interesting debut that showed lots of promise. The movie was followed by a pseudo-sequel/remake a few years later with a bigger budget and a cast filled with a lot of named actors.

Highly recommended.


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