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- Rated: Not Rated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 21 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 26, 2003
- Originally Released: 1992
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Special Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 2.0 - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: Robert Rodrigues - Director
- Robert Rodriguez's Short Film "Bedhead"
- 10 MINUTE FILM SCHOOL
- Sneak Peek At ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Consuelo Gomez & Peter Marquardt|
|Directed by||Robert Rodriguez|
|Screenwriting by||Robert Rodriguez|
|Produced by||Carlos Gallardo & Robert Rodriguez|
...It sports Sergio Leone visuals, snarling stichomythia in the dialogue, and the highest hit-rate for verbal and sight gags since AIRPLANE!...
...A skillful, familiar-feeling hybrid of film noir and Western conventions...
New York Times
Rating: 4/5 -- No festival is true to its name if it doesn't display at least one discovery. In 1992 that spot was occupied by Robert Rodriguez, who made a charming actioner for $7,500; never mind that Columbia later invested $1 million for its theatrical release. Full Review
Rodriguez goes for broke with a breakneck pace, swarms of bullets, cinematic tricks, and a tone as playful as it is knowing of genre conventions. The director's light touch is all his own; and this unpretentious offering delivers in all departments. Full Review
Rating: 4/5 -- It goes without saying that Mr. Rodriguez, having made such a clever and inventive debut, is prepared for a big future of his own.
New York Times
Rating: 3/4 -- A gripping, tautly-paced action flick that outdoes most of Hollywood's similar output. Full Review
Has a verve and cheekiness that's partly a smart wedding of such influences as Sergio Leone, George Miller and south-of-the-border noir.
While earning room and board for a song, a down-on-his-luck musician gets into deep hot water when he's mistaken for a guitar case-toting hitman in a small Mexican town. EL MARIACHI was produced by do-it-yourself Austin, Texas auteur Robert Rodriguez (FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, SPY KIDS) on a shoe-string budget for the Mexican video market but earned a major studio release. Winner of the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.
This western pastiche follows the saga of a "mariachi" (Mexican musician) who wanders into town looking for work and accidentally gets mistaken for a hitman -- who just happens to hide his guns in a guitar case.
Action | Organized Crime | Vengeance | Outlaws | Mistaken Identity | Recommended | Hispanic | Independent | Theatrical Release | Crime
- This was 24-year-old Robert Rodriguez's first film. He had hoped to use it to get Hollywood studios interested in hiring him; instead they picked up the film itself, and it became quite successful.
It was done on a budget of only $7000, and shot in 14 days.
A sequel, "El Mariachi: Corrido Dos" ("El Mariachi: The Second Song") is on the way.
Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Classification.
- The laserdisc edition of "El Mariachi" includes both the dubbed English soundtrack and the original Spanish soundtrack, as well as an alternate track with commentary by director Robert Rodriguez, and Rodriguez's short film, "Bedhead."
- The Columbia TriStar Home Video VHS version (CTSHV# 53613) also includes the short "Bedhead".
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