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El Mariachi (1992)

Director: Robert Rodriguez     Starring: Carlos Gallardo
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40224822
UPC: 043396093065
UPC 14: 00043396093065
Rating: Game Rating Code
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The remarkable debut film from director Robert Rodriguez.
A young mariachi singer who must trade his guitar for a gun as bloodthirsty hitmen close in for the kill.

"The year's most entertaining movie.  Richard Corliss, Time Magazine
"...enormously entertaining example of street haiku.  Hal Hinson, The Washington Post
"A movie miracle...  US Magazine

Editor's 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.


Video Features Special Edition, DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Surround Sound, English, Subtitled, French, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/26/2003
Video Play Time Running Time: 81 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1992
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 09306
Video UPC UPC: 00043396093065
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Spanish
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed, Spanish
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Korean, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Carlos Gallardo
Video Cast Info Consuelo Gomez
Video Cast Info Jaime de Hoyos
Video Cast Info Peter Marquardt
Video Cast Info Robert Rodriguez - Director
Video Cast Info Robert Rodriguez - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Eric Gutherie, et al. - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Elizabeth Avellar, et al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Robert Rodriguez - Writer
Plot 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.


Sundance Film Festival (1993)
Video Award Name Robert Rodriguez, Winner, Audience Award

Independent Spirit (1993)
Video Award Name Robert Rodriguez, Winner, Best Director

Professional Reviews

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

Chicago Sun-Times 9 of 10
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. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Rodriguez,Robert
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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