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- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 43 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 9, 2001
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- Screen Format Note: Superbit
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- DTS Surround 5.1 - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Joaquim de Almeida, Steve Buscemi, Salma Hayek, Quentin Tarantino, Cheech Marin & Danny Trejo|
|Directed by||Robert Rodriguez|
|Edited by||Robert Rodriguez|
|Music by||Los Lobos|
|Screenwriting by||Robert Rodriguez|
|Produced by||Bill Borden & Robert Rodriguez|
|Director of Photography:||Guillermo Navarro|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"The client is always wrong."
- sign in the bar run by Short Bartender (CHEECH MARIN).
"It's easier to pull the trigger than play the guitar.... It's easier to destroy than to create."
- El Mariachi (ANTONIO BANDERAS)
Desperado is best when Rodriguez lets his playful side cut through the blare of a born filmmaker indulging his first chance at high-end Hollywood fireworks.
...On a visual level, DESPERADO is a dazzlingly indulgent exercise...
Rodriguez edited the film himself, and his shot rhythms get better as the film goes along. His writing may fail him from time to time, but all is right again when he lets cinema do the talking. Full Review
Rating: 2/4 -- Bloated and overlong. Full Review
Rating: 2.5/5 -- Mr. Rodriguez may be good enough to make a film about anything, but Desperado would collapse if its characters had to do anything but play with guns.
New York Times
Rating: 3/4 -- Rodriguez's follow-up is unquestionably formulaic but mercifully free of the flat dialogue and arch one-liners that undermine so many action films. Full Review
Rating: 2/5 -- What Rodriguez has essentially done in Desperado is make a slicker, more expensive copy of what came before. And what looked promising for $7,000 looks tiresome for a whole lot more. Full Review
Los Angeles Times
The no-named Mariachi (Antonio Banderas) tracks down the last Mexican drug-lord "Bucho" with the help of his best friend and a beautiful book store owner (Salma Hayek). In a poetically violent style reminiscent of John Woo and Sam Peckinpah, the Mariachi takes on his entire army of henchmen in a dusty border town as an act of revenge for the murder of his love and his injured musician's hand. Robert Rodriguez's big budget sequel to "El Mariachi." Also starring Cheech Marin (of Cheech and Chong) and Steve Buscemi (RESERVOIR DOGS).
Director Robert Rodriguez' sequel to his 1993 ultra low-budget movie, "El Mariachi." This film continues the story of the no-name, solitary, brooding mariachi, whose guitar case is stocked with high-powered weaponry. The musician is in a sleepy Mexican town seeking revenge against the much-feared, ruthless Bucho, a drug dealer who once shot El Mariachi in his strumming hand, and killed his girlfriend. When Bucho hears that the guitarist is looking for him, he sends his men out to forestall the attack -- which leads to many well-choreographed and bloody shootouts. Will the Latin adversaries ever confront each other directly' And if so, who will survive'
Action | Enemies | Organized Crime | Vengeance | Outlaws | Classic Fight Scenes | Mistaken Identity | Recommended | Hispanic | Theatrical Release | Crime
- A Los Hooligans production.
- Color by Technicolor.
- Shot on location in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico.
- Additional credits: Luz Maria Rojas Magnon (unit production manager); Diego Sandoval, Joaquin Silva (assistant directors); Matthew Beville (sound editor).
"Jack the Ripper" by Milt Grant, Link Wray, performed by
Link Wray & His Ray Men
"Morena di Mi Corazón (Canción del Mariachi)" by Cesar
Rosas, performed by Los Lobos with Antonio Banderas
"Manifold de Amour", "Forever Night Shade Mary", and
"Chinese Surprize" by David Hidalgo and Louis
Perez performed by Latin Playboys
"Pass the Hatchet" by Ray Theriot, Roger Leon Jr., Earl
Stanley Oropeza, performed by Roger & The Gypsies
"This House" by Tito Larriva, Tony Marsico, Valerie
Marsico and Charlie Midnight, performed by Tito &
"Strange Face of Love", "White Train" by Tito Larriva,
performed by Tito & Tarantula
"Bella" by Carlos Santana, Chester Thompson, Sterling
Crew performed by Carlos Santana
"Quedate Aqui" by Mildred Villafane, performed by
- Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Classification.
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