Desperado

  • 18
  • Robert Rodriguez (1995)
  • US
  • 104 min
Desperado
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

The quirky no-budget charm of El Mariachi may have gone, but director Robert Rodriguez here clearly revels in the chance to splash out with the backing of a studio to reimagine his modest debut feature effectively. Antonio Banderas assumes the mantle of the mysterious guitar-playing stranger who arrives south of the border seeking vengeance against an evil drugs baron, and keeps his tongue wedged firmly in cheek as he carries out his acrobatic slaughter of hordes of bad guys. Add to that a smouldering early appearance from Salma Hayek, sharp cameos from Quentin Tarantino and Steve Buscemi and a rootsy rocking soundtrack from Los Lobos, and you end up with joyfully mindless mayhem.

Plot Summary

Action adventure starring Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek. Mexico: pursuing his quest to avenge the death of the woman he loved, an embittered mariachi homes in on his final target, a vicious ganglord.

Cast and crew

Cast

El Mariachi
Antonio Banderas
Bucho
Joaquim de Almeida
Carolina
Salma Hayek
Buscemi
Steve Buscemi
Short bartender
Richard "Cheech" Marin
Pick-up guy
Quentin Tarantino
Right Hand
Carlos Gomez
Tavo
Tito Larriva
Zamira
Angel Aviles
Navajas
Danny Trejo
Campa
Carlos Gallardo
Bar girl
Patricia Vonne

Crew

Director
Robert Rodriguez

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse and nudity.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama