El Mariachi

El Mariachi
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DVD Features:

  • 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
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Commentary: Robert Rodrigues - Director
    • Featurette:
      1. Robert Rodriguez's Short Film "Bedhead"
      3. Sneak Peek At ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 28


User Ratings: 54,712
...It sports Sergio Leone visuals, snarling stichomythia in the dialogue, and the highest hit-rate for verbal and sight gags since AIRPLANE!...
Film Comment
Mar 1, 1993
...A skillful, familiar-feeling hybrid of film noir and Western conventions...
New York Times
Feb 26, 1993
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
Jun 26, 2006
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
Time Out
Jan 26, 2006
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
May 20, 2003
Rating: 3/4 -- A gripping, tautly-paced action flick that outdoes most of Hollywood's similar output. Full Review
Jan 1, 2000
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.
Nov 12, 2008

Product Description:

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.

Plot Synopsis:

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.


Production Notes:

  • 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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  • Sales Rank: 18,559
  • UPC: 043396093065
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