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El Mariachi

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Mexico, United States
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1992

Rated R · 1h 21m

Director Robert Rodriguez
Starring Carlos Gallardo, Consuelo Gómez, Jaime de Hoyos, Peter Marquardt
Genre Action, Crime, Thriller
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El Mariachi just wants to play his guitar and carry on the family tradition. Unfortunately, the town he tries to find work in has another visitor...a killer who carries his guns in a guitar case. The drug lord and his henchmen mistake El Mariachi for the killer and chase him around town trying to kill him and get his guitar case.

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70

Variety by

Spanish lingo crime meller has a verve and cheekiness that's partly a smart wedding of such influences as Sergio Leone, George Miller and south-of-the-border noir.
70

The New York Times by Elvis Mitchell

Mythic pulp has its allure, and it also has its limitations. El Mariachi displays no real emotion except a profound appreciation for the genre film making that has inspired it, and a delight in manipulating the elements of such stories.
75

ReelViews by James Berardinelli

A gripping, tautly-paced action flick that outdoes most of Hollywood's similar output. This is clear evidence that film quality often has little to do with a production's budget.
78

Austin Chronicle by Marc Savlov

While the story may be a common one (for the action genre, at least), Rodriguez, who wrote, produced, shot and edited the entire film himself, has a uniquely straightforward wit that makes what might otherwise have been just another shoot-'em-up something more than that.
67

Entertainment Weekly by Ty Burr

Rodriguez makes the same mistake as other first-time auteurs: The world of this movie exists only in relation to other movies, particularly the Sergio Leone-Clint Eastwood spaghetti Westerns of the early '60s.

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