Once Upon a Time in Mexico

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Hitman el mariachi becomes involved in international espionage involving a psychotic cia agent and a corrupt mexican general.


Studio Sony
SKU 40233309
UPC 043396087170
UPC 14 00043396087170
Format DVD
Release Date 9/20/2005
Rating Rating
FBI Agents
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note With ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO, filmmaker Robert Rodriguez follows the further adventures of El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas), the guitar-and-gunslinging hero who has been leading a quiet life, but longs to get revenge for the murder of his love (Salma Hayek). When quirky CIA agent Sands (Johnny Depp) roots out El Mariachi for a special assignment, he comes out with pistols blazing. Soon, a retired FBI agent (Ruben Blades), a drug kingpin (Willem Dafoe), a criminal on the run (Mickey Rourke), and a double-dealing federale (Eva Mendes) are all in on the action, which involves a plot to kill the Mexican president and shift the balance of power in Mexico. ^Handling the writing, direction, cinematography, and just about everything else, Rodriguez has crafted a tribute to the spaghetti Western films of Sergio Leone by placing his outlaw hero from DESPERADO and EL MARIACHI in an epic setting populated by numerous characters. Although it can be challenging to keep track of the unfolding subplots, the scenes involving Depp's badly dressed secret agent are the most intriguing and entertaining. Meanwhile Banderas eases back into the lead as the vengeful Mariachi, and Hayek and Blades make the most of their small but significant roles.
Entertainment Weekly "...The joy that Rodriguez takes in each shot is palpable..." 09/12/2003 p.128
New York Times "...Mr. Rodriguez has a feverish, inventive eye, and an ability to infuse digital video, so often flat and grainy, with uncommon depth and luster..." 09/12/2003 p.E12
USA Today "...[An] entertainingly quirky film....A swaggering fantasy that pays homage to spaghetti Westerns such as Sergio Leone's THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY..." 09/12/2003 p.9E
Chicago Sun-Times "...What bubbles beneath all of Rodriguez's work is an impatient joy in the act of filmmaking..." 09/12/2003 p.32
Rolling Stone "...You don't want to miss Depp in this movie -- he knocks it out of the park..." 10/02/2003 p.125
Movieline's Hollywood Life "...A sprawling actioner....With a perversely brilliant ensemble cast..." 09/01/2003 p.114
Robert Rodriguez
Johnny Depp
Antonio Banderas
Cast & Crew
Cheech Marin - Star
Salma Hayek - Star
Marco Leonardi - Star
Eva Mendes - Star
Mickey Rourke - Star
Johnny Depp - Star
Antonio Banderas - Star
Ruben Blades - Star
Enrique Iglesias - Star
Danny Trejo - Star
Willem Dafoe - Star
Robert Rodriguez - Producer
Robert Rodriguez - Screenwriter
Robert Rodriguez - Composer
Robert Rodriguez - Director of Photography
Robert Rodriguez - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2003
Catalog ID 08717
UPC 00043396087170
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 102 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French
Product Attributes
Actor Banderas,Antonio
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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