The no-named Mariachi (Antonio Banderas) tracks down the last Mexican drug-lord "Bucho" with the help of his best friend and a beautiful book store owner (Salma Hayek). In a poetically violent style reminiscent of John Woo and Sam Peckinpah, the Mariachi takes on his entire army of henchmen in a dusty border town as an act of revenge for the murder of his love and his injured musician's hand. Robert Rodriguez's big budget sequel to "El Mariachi." Also starring Cheech Marin (of Cheech and Chong) and Steve Buscemi (RESERVOIR DOGS).
Steve Buscemi - American Actor/Director/Screenwriter
Antonio Banderas - Spanish actor, THE MAMBO KINGS, SHREK 2, EVITA, FRIDA
Quentin Tarantino - American director/screenwriter/producer, PULP FICTION
Salma Hayek - Actress, FRIDA
Robert Rodriguez - Director/Screenwriter
Joaquim de Almeida - Actor/"Good Am Babylon"
- Format: DVD
- Run Time: 103
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 043396075764
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Rating: R (MPAA)
- Release Date: October 2001
Director Robert Rodriguez' sequel to his 1993 ultra low-budget movie, "El Mariachi." This film continues the story of the no-name, solitary, brooding mariachi, whose guitar case is stocked with high-powered weaponry. The musician is in a sleepy Mexican town seeking revenge against the much-feared, ruthless Bucho, a drug dealer who once shot El Mariachi in his strumming hand, and killed his girlfriend. When Bucho hears that the guitarist is looking for him, he sends his men out to forestall the attack -- which leads to many well-choreographed and bloody shootouts. Will the Latin adversaries ever confront each other directly? And if so, who will survive?
A Los Hooligans production. Color by Technicolor. Shot on location in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico. Additional credits: Luz Maria Rojas Magnon (unit production manager); Diego Sandoval, Joaquin Silva (assistant directors); Matthew Beville (sound editor). Songs: "Jack the Ripper" by Milt Grant, Link Wray, performed by Link Wray & His Ray Men "Morena di Mi Corazón (Canción del Mariachi)" by Cesar Rosas, performed by Los Lobos with Antonio Banderas "Manifold de Amour", "Forever Night Shade Mary", and "Chinese Surprize" by David Hidalgo and Louis Perez performed by Latin Playboys "Pass the Hatchet" by Ray Theriot, Roger Leon Jr., Earl Stanley Oropeza, performed by Roger & The Gypsies "This House" by Tito Larriva, Tony Marsico, Valerie Marsico and Charlie Midnight, performed by Tito & Tarantula "Strange Face of Love", "White Train" by Tito Larriva, performed by Tito & Tarantula "Bella" by Carlos Santana, Chester Thompson, Sterling Crew performed by Carlos Santana "Quedate Aqui" by Mildred Villafane, performed by Salma Hayek Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Classification.
"...Antonio Banderas is the ultimate in sexy action cool....The stunts dazzle..." - 09/07/1995 Rolling Stone, p.76-7
"....Breathtaking....[Rodriguez] makes adventurous use of the camera..." - 02/01/1996 Sight and Sound, p.38
"...[A] propulsive rock & roll spaghetti Western....Wittily hyperbolic..." -- Rating: B - 09/22/1995 Entertainment Weekly, p.62
"...[The film] could scarcely be more dazzling on a purely visual level....There is no question of imagination working overtime..." - 05/29/1995 Variety
"...On a visual level, DESPERADO is a dazzlingly indulgent exercise..." - 08/01/2000 Total Film, p.100