EL MARIACHI (Theatrical Release USA 1993)

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 4.4|5.0 Starsìììì 

El Mariachi—WOW! What a surprise!—skillfully weaves its simple story into a masterfully entertaining watch. Nothing new here and yet everything is new. The word, finesse, comes to mind. One comes away asking how did this movie get passed over? Maybe the poster did not inspire with its splash of font style and unpresuming imagery. The movie has an incredibly small budget, small cast, and then pulls a very respectable box office take. It’s a mafia-style movie that presents itself in an almost Disney-style blanket of innocence. It’s a small piece of refreshment that deserves its watch. It tells its story in a manner reminiscent of Duel. Carlos Gallardo serves as the perfect choice for the mariachi. The movie presents itself in Spanish, but has great subtitles. Be aware that the movie does have several scenes that introduce concepts not suitable for children. 

Film Poster Courtesy of Google Images 


This comedy action film is about:  A mariachi’s mistaken identity and the predicament he needs to survive. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Robert Rodriguez for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Robert Rodriguez and Carlos Gallardo for making the film possible. Cast includes: Carlos Gallardo, Consuelo Gómez, Reinol Martinez, and Peter Marquardt. 

Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. This neo-western international film is believable right down to the cowboy boots skidding on the sidewalk. Comical, witty, and south of the border entertaining, this is the first film of three films in a Mexican trilogy. The next film is Desperado and the final film is Once Upon a Time in Mexico.

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