All he wants is to be is a mariachi, like his father, his grandfather and his great grandfather before him. But the town he thinks will bring him luck brings only a curse of deadly mistaken identity. Forced to trade his guitar for a gun, the mariachi is playing for his life in this critically-acclaimed film debut from director Robert Rodriguez. Financed with earnings from a month-long stay in a research hospital, this astonishing action adventure was shot with no second takes, using borrowed equipment and a talented cast of unknowns. The riveting result is a wild bullet-dodging ride through a world of bandito violence, from the suspense of the opening shoot-out to the tragedy of the unexpected conclusion. With little more than a great story and a lot of heart, Rodriguez has created pure movie pleasure, setting new standards for independent filmmaking, and establishing himself as an unquestionable talent. "An enormously entertaining movie." (Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES)

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El Mariachi (1992)

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Action/Suspense/Thriller · 1h 21m · 2/26/1993

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

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All he wants is to be is a mariachi, like his father, his grandfather and his great grandfather before him. But the town he thinks will bring him luck brings only a curse of deadly mistaken identity. Forced to trade his guitar for a gun, the mariachi is playing for his life in this critically-acclaimed film debut from director Robert Rodriguez. Financed with earnings from a month-long stay in a research hospital, this astonishing action adventure was shot with no second takes, using borrowed equipment and a talented cast of unknowns. The riveting result is a wild bullet-dodging ride through a world of bandito violence, from the suspense of the opening shoot-out to the tragedy of the unexpected conclusion. With little more than a great story and a lot of heart, Rodriguez has created pure movie pleasure, setting new standards for independent filmmaking, and establishing himself as an unquestionable talent. "An enormously entertaining movie." (Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES)

Status

Released

Language

Spanish

Country

United States

Production Companies

Columbia Pictures Corporation, Los Hooligans Productions

Budget

$7,000

Revenue

$2,041,928
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Cast
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Carlos Gallardo

El Mariachi
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Consuelo Gómez

Domino
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Jaime de Hoyos

Bigotón
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Peter Marquardt

Mauricio
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Reinol Martinez

Azul
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Ramiro Gómez

Cantinero
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Jesús López

Viejo Clerk
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Luis Baró

Domino's Assistant
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DiFonso Quezada

Moco's Men
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Manuel Vejor

Moco's Men
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Alfredo Cisneros

Keyboardist
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Alejandro Peña

Piña / Loco
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Oscar Fabila

The Boy
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Poncho Ramón

Azul's Rat
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Fernando Martínez

Azul's Rat
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Manuel Acosta

Bodyguard
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Walter Vargas

Prisoner
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Roberto Martinez

Prisoner
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Virgen Delgado

Female Bodyguard
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Juanita Vargas

Female Bodyguard
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Yolanda Puga

Female Bodyguard
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Jaime R. Rodríguez

Moco's Men
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Luis Cadena

Moco's Men
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Afredo Martínez

Moco's Men
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Gerardo Jáquez

Moco's Men
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Mario Mata

Moco's Men
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Daniel Delgado

Moco's Men
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Rosendo Ortíz

Moco's Men
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César Cadena

Moco's Men
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José Salinas

Moco's Men
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Robert Santoyo

Moco's Men
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Sabas Pérez

Moco's Men
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Guadencio Martín

Moco's Men
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Juan Garcia

Moco's Men
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Máximo Martín

Moco's Men
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Israel Reyes

Taco
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Clara Scott

Moco's Manicurist
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María Castillo

Jail Guard
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Samuel Quiroz

Jail Guard
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Roberto Delgado

Jail Guard
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Fermín Barrón

School Bus Driver
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H.B.

Pit Bull
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Tito Tortuga

La Tortuga
Crew
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Robert Rodriguez

Director
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Robert Rodriguez

Writer
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Carlos Gallardo

Producer
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Robert Rodriguez

Producer
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Robert Rodriguez

Cinematograpy
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Robert Rodriguez

Editor
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Eric Guthrie

Music
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Chris Knudson

Music
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Cecilio Rodríguez

Music
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Álvaro Rodríguez

Music
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Mark Trujillo

Music
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3/9/1999

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8/26/2003

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