All he wants is to be is a mariachi, like his father, his grandfather and his great grandfather before him. But the town he thinks will bring him luck brings only a curse of deadly mistaken identity. Forced to trade his guitar for a gun, the mariachi is playing for his life in this critically-acclaimed film debut from director Robert Rodriguez. Financed with earnings from a month-long stay in a research hospital, this astonishing action adventure was shot with no second takes, using borrowed equipment and a talented cast of unknowns. The riveting result is a wild bullet-dodging ride through a world of bandito violence, from the suspense of the opening shoot-out to the tragedy of the unexpected conclusion. With little more than a great story and a lot of heart, Rodriguez has created pure movie pleasure, setting new standards for independent filmmaking, and establishing himself as an unquestionable talent. "An enormously entertaining movie." (Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES)

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4.2 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

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Critics Consensus: Made on a shoestring budget, El Mariachi's story is not new. However, the movie has so much energy that it's thoroughly enjoyable.

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Los Hooligans Prods.
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Languages

Primary
Spanish (Mexico) (Stereo)
Additional

Arabic (Subtitles), Czech (Subtitles), Danish (Subtitles), Dutch (Subtitles), English (Subtitles, CC), English (United Kingdom) (Subtitles), Finnish (Subtitles), French (Stereo, Subtitles), German (Subtitles), Greek (Subtitles), Hebrew (Subtitles), Hindi (Subtitles), Hungarian (Subtitles), Italian (Subtitles), Korean (Subtitles), Norwegian (Subtitles), Polish (Subtitles), Portuguese (Subtitles), Spanish (Subtitles), Spanish (Spain) (Subtitles), Swedish (Subtitles), Thai (Subtitles), Traditional Chinese (Subtitles), Turkish (Subtitles)

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