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El Mariachi Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Filmed in two weeks on a budget of 7,000 dollars, El Mariachi was one of the singular pleasures of the 1993-1994 movie season. Kind-spirited guitarist El Mariachi ([[Performer~P25630~Carlos M. Gallardo~carlosgallardo]]) simply wants to wander through life as his father and grandfather did, with a song in his heart and a smile on his lips. He wanders into a small mob-run town, guitar case in hand. It so happens that the local criminal element is awaiting the arrival of vicious hit man Azul ([[Performer~P46099~Reinol Martinez~reinolmartinez]]), who is well known for carrying his weapons in...a guitar case. Just when you think you've got a lock on what's going to happen next, director [[Performer~P151002~Robert Rodriguez~robertrodriguez]] throws us for a loop, unexpectedly alternating whimsical comedy with graphic violence. [[Performer~P151002~Rodriguez~robertrodriguez]] later retooled the plot of El Mariachi for his far more expensive (and far less satisfying) [[Performer~P3682~Antonio Banderas~antoniobanderas]] vehicle [[Feature~V134790~Desperado~desperado]] (1995). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:September 15, 1992

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Sundance Film Festival Robert Rodriguez Audience Award 1992 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Robert Rodriguez Best First Feature 1993 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Robert Rodriguez Best Director 1993 Nominee

Cast

Carlos Gallardo
as El Mariachi
Consuelo Gomez
as Domino
Reinol Martinez
as Azul
Peter Marquardt
as Mauricio Moco
Maria Castillo
as Jail Guard
Jaime DeHoyos
as Bigoton

Crew

Robert Rodriguez
Director
Robert Rodriguez
Producer
Carlos Gallardo
Producer
Robert Rodriguez
Screenwriter
Carlos Gallardo
Screenwriter
Robert Rodriguez
Cinematographer
Robert Rodriguez
Editor
Elizabeth Avellan
Associate Producer
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