Robert Rodriguez (1995)

18 Certificate


Our Score
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.


A mysterious musician carrying a guitar case full of firearms turns up in a small backwoods town to exact revenge on the drugs baron who killed his girlfriend and permanently injured his hand. Robert Rodriguez's action thriller, starring Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin, Joaquim de Almeida, Steve Buscemi and Quentin Tarantino.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Robert Rodriguez
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse and nudity.Available on: video and DVD