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Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)

Antonio Banderas , Salma Hayek , Robert Rodriguez  |  R |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (260 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe, Mickey Rourke
  • Directors: Robert Rodriguez
  • Writers: Robert Rodriguez
  • Producers: Robert Rodriguez, Carlos Gallardo, Elizabeth Avellan, Luz María Rojas, Sue Jett
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (260 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000WN140
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,709 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Music and sound design track with commentary
  • Ten Minute Flick School
  • Ten Minute Cooking School
  • Eight deleted scenes with optional director's commentary
  • Inside Troublemaker Studios
  • The Anti-Hero's Journey
  • Film Is Dead: An Evening with Robert Rodriguez
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Bloody: Inside KNB FX
  • DVD-ROM: Test your wits in the shooting gallery

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Guns, guns, guns! And a few explosions as bodies fly through the air and crash into tables and fruit stands. Once Upon a Time in Mexico, like all Robert Rodriguez movies, is all about the kinetic kick of high-velocity action. Johnny Depp, blase and whimsical, plays a CIA agent who's drawn guitar-playing gun-slinger Antonio Banderas (long black hair flopping over his face like the ears of a Labrador puppy) into a ridiculously convoluted plot to overthrow the Mexican government. Along for the ride are a craggy-faced rogue's gallery including Willem Dafoe, Mickey Rourke, Danny Trejo, Ruben Blades, and (to balance things out) the smooth, tantalizing complexions of Eva Mendes and Salma Hayek. For sheer trashy fun, Once Upon a Time in Mexico is a step down from its predecessor, Desperado--but Desperado set the bar pretty high. For coherent storytelling, look elsewhere, but for action razzle-dazzle, this is your movie. --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

Leaping back into action, gun-slinging, guitar-toting hero "El Mariachi" is back in town in ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO, as writer/director Robert Rodriguez delivers the epic final chapter of his pulp Western trilogy. Now remastered in high definition for Blu-ray™ starring Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Johnny Depp, Mickey Rourke, Eva Mendes, Danny Trejo, Enrique Iglesias, Rubén Blades and Willem Dafoe, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO is a full-frontal assault.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Agent Sands: Are you a Mexi-CAN or a Mexi-CAN'T? February 6, 2004
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In Once Upon a Time in Mexico, writer/director Robert Rodriguez (Desperado, Spy Kids, From Dusk Til Dawn) revisits characters he created and introduced with the low budget, but highly enjoyable, 1992 release of El Mariachi and followed up on in 1995's Desperado.
Antonio Banderas returns as El Mariachi, reprising his the role from Desperado that made him a name in Hollywood. Also included is Selma Hayak as Carolina, Johnny Depp as the corrupt CIA operative Agent Sands, Willem Dafoe as a cartel drug kingpin Barillo, Mickey Rourke, Eva Mendes, Enrique Egelsias, Cheech Marin, Ruben Blades, and character actor Danny Trejo.
The plot, as I understood it, involved a complicated scheme to overthrow the president of Mexico, and who would end up assuming power in the vacuum that follows. Agent Sands was particularly involved in this, seeming to work both ends for his own profit. El Mariachi is recruited by Sands to eliminate the general hired by the leader of the drug cartel to assassinate the president. The reason Sands contacted El Mariachi for this is due to a past, unresolved conflict between El Mariachi and the general. Sounds complicated? At some point, you may have to just go along with the movie, accept all the little subplots, and enjoy the ride. And a fun ride at that.
The action is wonderful in this movie but scenes choreographed and shot beautifully, with associated scenery adding real texture and depth to the proceedings. The characters, especially Agent Sands (Johnny Depp) are fun to watch, and the bullets do fly. Explosions, bodies flying, action flowing in and out...there are few dull moments in this film.
The main problem I had with the movie is the plot just got too convoluted.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I say this in the title simply because Depp steals the show. Everyone, they all did a great job, didn't come close to Depp's portral of Agent Sands. He is the movie and everyone else is along for the ride.
OK let me explain the plot. This person is double crossing this person, who in turn wants to be with this person and to have this one thing at the end. But this other person double crosses this person because they have a diffrent agenda while the lead only has revenge to look foward to. This complet different person hires this other group of people kill this other group of people, only for things to backfire.
With me so far? So the plot is little bit muddled. Who care!?!?! It's an action movie. And the action flies high and fast. At the core Banderes and Hayak sees most of the action largly due to some rather crazy and over-the-top flashbacks. The action is where this movie is at. This is the only place you can see someone change directions in the air due to a well placed gunshot blast to the chest. Very nice.
This isn't to say the script is completly bad. The movie has its share of great lines and dialoge, just that takes a back sent to the action.
The disc is very nicely done. (A preview of Hellboy is even on there. One of my must sees for the next year.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a letdown after Desperado. March 25, 2004
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The best time to watch Once Upon a Time in Mexico is right after watching Desperado. There are lots of in-jokes and references you'll miss unless the first movie is pretty fresh in your memory. (Check out Carolina's shoes, for instance.)
Unfortunately, this is also the worst time to watch it, because I found myself comparing the two, and unfortunately the sequel doesn't live up to its predecessor's promise.
OUaTiM starts out well enough, reusing some of the characters in such a way that really gives the story a the feel of a fable promised by the title. That quickly gives way to extremely contrived and senseless political plots. El Mariachi's motivations are part revenge, part nationalistic pride, which greatly muddies things. His foe, General Marquez, is a caricature, which would be fine if Rodriguez had stuck with the fable style. Plus, El Mariachi is almost a supporting character, and his charming presence from Desperado is sorely missed. Depp's character, Agent Sands, is very entertaining, but his storyline felt rather muddled.
However, it's fun to see Banderas and Sayek together again. She looks fantastic, by the way. The music is really pretty good and the production values are good. There's enough action to keep your interest, even as you're wishing for more substance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Depp Is The Only Good Thing In This Movie! March 7, 2004
By Jenna
Format:DVD
Once again Johnny Depp has 'saved' a movie from going completely bad. If it wasn't for him, I'd give this move zero stars. The story line skips around alot, their isn't much dialoge, and the casting is terrible! For example, Enrique Iglesias plays a gun-fighting super hero with really bad acting skills! However, what makes the movie worth two stars is the hilarious character Johnny Depp plays, Sans. With his unforgetable line, "Here, would you like to try my pork?" makes this the only good thing in the movie. Other than that, it's a dud.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great sequel the desperado
Published 5 days ago by George
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
too violent for me
Published 16 days ago by Pat Gurley
5.0 out of 5 stars the best.
A great ending to a terrific trilogy.
Published 28 days ago by mitch smith
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Stupid movie
Published 1 month ago by CONNYIA
2.0 out of 5 stars No thanks I'll will just watch El Mariachi again
Robert Rodriguez should stick to unknown actors because El Mariachi was the bomb (as is GREAT) and this movie was barely interesting. Read more
Published 2 months ago by SmokingChicken
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT AS GOOD AS THE GOOD BAD AND THE UGLY
DON'T SEND THAT BAD ACTOR INTO SPACE AGAIN... HE DOES HIS BEST WORK IN THE REALITY OF MEXICO ETC. JAMES
Published 4 months ago by JIMBO
5.0 out of 5 stars great deal
very happy with how fast and the great condition of this item was ,I gave it as a gift to a freind
Published 5 months ago by david voock
4.0 out of 5 stars Sexy, hot and action all make this movie great
Johnny Depp steals the show. You pretty much forget about Antonio Banderas at times. It you like gritty action and ridiculous gun play this film is for you. Read more
Published 5 months ago by jerahn shively
4.0 out of 5 stars Once upon a time in film
Great movie, perfect mixture of comedy and violence..hope they make a sequel!
Also johnny depp is pure comedic gold word
Published 6 months ago by Frank
3.0 out of 5 stars Video
This was a gift and I did not watch the movie.
I gave it 3 stars because of the review on the movie jacket.
Published 6 months ago by James F. Mcintosh
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