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El Mariachi (Special Edition) (1992)

Cast: Carlos Gallardo, Carlos Gallardo, Consuelo Gomez, more...
Director: Robert Rodriguez, Robert Rodriguez
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Action, Independent, Gangsters
Running Time: 81 min.
Languages: Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Korean
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Filmed in two weeks on a budget of 7,000 dollars, El Mariachi was one of the singular pleasures of the 1993-1994 movie season. Kind-spirited guitarist El Mariachi (Carlos M. Gallardo) simply wants to wander through life as his father and grandfather did, with a song in his heart and a smile on his lips. He wanders into a small mob-run town, guitar case in hand. It so happens that the local criminal element is awaiting the arrival of vicious hit man Azul (Reinol Martinez), who is well known for carrying his weapons in...a guitar case. Just when you think you've got a lock on what's going to happen next, director Robert Rodriguez throws us for a loop, unexpectedly alternating whimsical comedy with graphic violence. Rodriguez later retooled the plot of El Mariachi for his far more expensive (and far less satisfying) Antonio Banderas vehicle Desperado (1995). ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Overrated by heidijane October 19, 2007 - 2:28 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I read the book regarding the creation of this movie a long time ago and finally got around to seeing it ten years later. Its hard to transport myself back to the early nineties but maybe there was some cinematic void at the time that needed filling. It seems like an A plus film school project expanded to movie length. At the end of the day, the back story is more interesting than the film itself. It gave Rodriguez an interesting start to a decidedly mediocre career IMHO.

It is what it is by WConyers January 24, 2004 - 2:42 PM PST
For a low-budget-independent-art-house movie, El Mariachi is good. It is worth renting, if you are a Desperado/Once Upon a Time in Mexico fan. But I doubt you will want to watch it more than once, like you will Desperado/Once Upon a Time in Mexico.

AWESOME!!! by Trinchera November 19, 2003 - 8:31 AM PST
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful
By now, every cult film fan knows about this one. For those of you who haven't seen it yet, DO IT! This is the quinessential example of what a motivated director can do with $7000 & a great script. It's also a prime example of how a low-budget film can expand far beyond the limitations of its budget. There's so much story here you'll be totally amazed!

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