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El Mariachi (1992)

  Directed by: Robert Rodriguez
Written by: Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Consuelo Gómez, Carlos Gallardo
Links: El Mariachi on the IMDb, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD
Genre: Action

This movie gets: 7.00 (1 rating)
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El Mariachi (1992) is also mentioned in pearly's review of Bedhead (1991), pearly's review of Desperado (1995), pearly's review of Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003), freddy's review of Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) and mino's review of Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003).

"Action on a shoe string" - a review by pearly

El Mariachi is Robert Rodriguez's first feature length film. From its opening frames, you can tell that it was filmed on a shoestring budget, and in fact, a squizz at the extra features on the DVD reveals that it was made for around $7000. Rodriguez, who has since gone on to much bigger things, also includes on most (all?) of his DVDs a ten minute "film school" in which he displays some of the techniques he used when making the film, and the emphasis in these pieces is the fact that films can be made for relatively cheap if you think about things for a little and figure out different ways to achieve things. Quite a refreshing outlook.

The film is the story of El Mariachi (the only words to remain the same in the English subtitles), a musician who suffers from a case of mistaken identity with an outlaw who carries his weapons around in a guitar case. Trying to find work in a new town, the mariachi finds love with a woman who hides him in her room, and must survive a series of attempts to kill him.

The mariachi is played by Carlos Gallardo. Gallardo is not what you would classically think of as movie star pin-up material, which is possibly one of many reasons why he did not play the lead role in the two follow-up films to El Mariachi, namely Desperado (1995) and Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003). He does, however, manage to pull off his role with quite a degree of success, as does his female counterpart Consuelo Gómez.

These are the charms of El Mariachi. A Hollywood-style tale with a more laid-back approach, more realistic-looking characters, more Mexican "cool". El Mariachi paves the way for what comes next, but it does so while standing firmly in its own right.

pearly gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 6 Jul 2004

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Reader comments

  1. el mariachi is worth watching n its quiet and inspiration.using amateur actors the director has done a great job.the ten minute film school was really helpful.

    Rating given: 7

    A comment from izam on Wed 20 Sep 2006 21:26 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 7.00 (1 rating)

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