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El Mariachi

El Mariachi

Robert Rodriguez (1992)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Desperado had a big-name star, Antonio Banderas, plus the seal of Quentin Tarantino credibility (he had a cameo role), but director Robert Rodriguez's debut feature is still the more endearing film. Essentially, this is a no-budget (reportedly made for just $7,000), no-frills dry run for Desperado, but with a much more ambivalent hero. Where Banderas is a heroic figure from the outset, Carlos Gallardo, the mariachi of the title, is an innocent musician mistaken for a lethal killer who's gunning for Mob boss Peter Marquardt. The film's origins are clearly visible - let's just say that the acting is enthusiastic - but Rodriguez carries off the action set pieces with confidence and style, and there are some truly comic moments.


A Mexican travelling musician unwittingly enters the world of organised crime after being mistaken for a hitman. Action adventure, directed by Robert Rodriguez, starring Carlos Gallardo, Consuelo Gomez, Peter Marquardt and Jaime de Hoyos. In Spanish.

Cast & Crew

El Mariachi Carlos Gallardo
Domino Consuelo Gomez
Bigoton Jaime De Hoyos
Mauricio (Moco) Peter Marquardt
Azul Reinol Martinez
Cantinero Ramiro Gomez
Viejo clerk Jesus Lopez
Domino's assistant Luis Baro
The boy Oscar Fabila
Director Robert Rodriguez
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Other Information

Language: Spanish +subtitles Colour Guidance: Contains violence. Available on: Available on video and DVD


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