El Mariachi

Directed By: Robert Rodriguez Starring: Carlos Gallardo

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A young mariachi singer who must trade his guitar for a gun as bloodthirsty hitmen close in for the kill.


Studio Sony
SKU 40224822
UPC 043396093065
UPC 14 00043396093065
Format DVD
Release Date 8/26/2003
Rating Rating
Mistaken Identity
Organized Crime
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note While earning room and board for a song, a down-on-his-luck musician gets into deep hot water when he's mistaken for a guitar case-toting hitman in a small Mexican town. EL MARIACHI was produced by do-it-yourself Austin, Texas auteur Robert Rodriguez (FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, SPY KIDS) on a shoe-string budget for the Mexican video market but earned a major studio release. Winner of the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.
Plot Summary
Summary This western pastiche follows the saga of a "mariachi" (Mexican musician) who wanders into town looking for work and accidentally gets mistaken for a hitman -- who just happens to hide his guns in a guitar case.
New York Times "...A skillful, familiar-feeling hybrid of film noir and Western conventions..." 02/26/1993 p.C6
Rolling Stone "...A surprise package stuffed with action and laughs....The exuberant Rodriguez pumps juice into every scene..." 03/18/1993 p.45-6
USA Today "...[A] wry sense humor..." 02/26/1993 p.5D
Film Comment "...It sports Sergio Leone visuals, snarling stichomythia in the dialogue, and the highest hit-rate for verbal and sight gags since AIRPLANE!..." 03/01/1993 p.2-5
Chicago Sun-Times "...An enormously entertaining movie....Rodriguez shoots this story in a lively visual style that brings a lot of energy even to routine shots..." 03/12/1993 p.43
Robert Rodriguez
Carlos Gallardo
Cast & Crew
Carlos Gallardo - Actor
Consuelo Gomez - Actor
Jaime de Hoyos - Actor
Peter Marquardt - Actor
Robert Rodriguez - Director
Robert Rodriguez - Director of Photography
Eric Gutherie, et al. - Musical Score
Elizabeth Avellar, et al. - Producer
Robert Rodriguez - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1992
Catalog ID 09306
UPC 00043396093065
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 81 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Spanish
Available Subtitles English, French, Korean, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed, Spanish
Sundance Film Festival (1993) Robert Rodriguez, Winner, Audience Award
Independent Spirit (1993) Robert Rodriguez, Winner, Best Director
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Rodriguez shoots this story in a lively visual style that brings a lot of energy even to routine shots... Rodriguez isn't afraid to reach all the way back to silent comedy for shots that punch up the humor and the action... Shooting with amateur actors on real locations, plundering his surroundings for his shots and props, Rodriguez gets a gritty, sweaty dusty feel that drips with atmosphere.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
Special Edition, DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Surround Sound, English, Subtitled, French, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Rodriguez,Robert
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Richard Corliss, Time Magazine The year's most entertaining movie.
Hal Hinson, The Washington Post ...enormously entertaining example of street haiku.
US Magazine A movie miracle...

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