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El Mariachi / Desperado

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4.2 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews

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Antonio Banderas, Carlos Gallardo, Quentin Tarantino, Cheech Marin. Includes El Mariachi (1993/81 min/Spanish Surround/English subtitles) and Desperado (1995/103 min/English DD 5.1). 2 DVDs. Color/NR/widescreen.

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Before Robert Rodriguez's El Mariachi, Mexicans in North American action films were typically maids, drug dealers, or prison inmates. Even if the Cisco Kid was a friend of yours, you handled a dust cloth or a Mac-10 if you lasted in Hollywood longer than a New York minuto. But when El Mariachi crossed the border in 1992, things changed. Granted, it still involved a drug lord in a shoot-em-up, bang-bang, but this time the good guy was a Mexican. Austin-based Rodriguez made El Mariachi for a fistful of pesos and a little help from his friends. He wrote, directed, coproduced, edited, and operated the camera. Plus, he assembled a cast that had never acted before to work por nada. All for a paltry $7,000, a milagro without a beanfield war.

Desperado continues the outrageous action adventure. Working with a much bigger budget, Rodriguez returns the nameless mariachi to nonstop action. Again thrust into a world he never made, the hero takes his guitar-case arsenal deep into the criminal labyrinth of Bucho (Joaquim de Almeida), el gran chingon of the Mexican drug lords. With an amigo (Steve Buscemi) and a beautiful bookstore owner (Salma Hayek), el mariachi confronts an outrageous cast along the way, including a bartender (Cheech Marin), a drug deal pick-up guy (Quentin Tarantino), and the original mariachi (coproducer Carlos Gallardo) as a new-found compa'. Antonio Banderas has the lead this time, and if he's not quite up to the challenge, it's probably because he's Spanish, not Mexican, a distinction not lost by anyone raised on what the popular media now calls "ethnic food." That said, Desperado is not to be missed. Using intelligence, romance, and humor--as well as plenty of explosive, surreal violence--Rodriguez again showcases the timeless struggle between the forces of darkness and light. And, in the process, he's recasting the mold for the contemporary action hero--kids now argue about who gets to play the Mexican. --Stephan Magcosta


Special features

  • Student movie Bedhead
  • Featurettes: "10-minute film school" & "10 more minutes: Anatomy of a Shootout"

Product details

  • Actors: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Carlos Gallardo, Consuelo Gómez, Joaquim de Almeida
  • Directors: Robert Rodriguez
  • Writers: Robert Rodriguez, Bryant Delafosse, David Rodriguez
  • Producers: Carlos Gallardo, Bill Borden, Carmen M. De Gallardo, Elizabeth Avellan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Portuguese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 9, 1999
  • Run Time: 184 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 0767811054
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,323 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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