El Mariachi

El Mariachi
El Mariachi
  • R
  • 1h 21m
  • 1993
Fresh93%
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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.
© 1993 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Fresh93%
Critics Consensus: Made on a shoestring budget, El Mariachi's story is not new. However, the movie has so much energy that it's thoroughly enjoyable.
Reviews
Variety
Todd McCarthy
Fresh

Has a verve and cheekiness that's partly a smart wedding of such influences as Sergio Leone, Georg...

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Geoff Andrew
Fresh

Rodriguez goes for broke with a breakneck pace, swarms of bullets, cinematic tricks, and a tone as...

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Janet Maslin
Fresh

It goes without saying that Mr. Rodriguez, having made such a clever and inventive debut, is prepa...

June 17, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Action, Thriller, Drama
  • Release Date:February 26, 1993
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    Stereo
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