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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)
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 27
- Fresh: 25
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 7.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: It goes without saying that Mr. Rodriguez, having made such a clever and inventive debut, is prepared for a big future of his own.
Fresh: Has a verve and cheekiness that's partly a smart wedding of such influences as Sergio Leone, George Miller and south-of-the-border noir.
Fresh: Watching his film, you can feel the sheer joy that went into its creation.
Fresh: An enormously entertaining movie.
Who would have thought
I remember watching this movie on a Spanish network never realizing it would become such a huge hit. Buy it you won't be disappointed.
May not be perfect but a great tribute to low budget, do it, film. Drop all your conventional thoughts and you will love it. Not for the squeamish , a little on the
violent and hard side.
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 1993
- © 1993 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.