A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
He didn't come looking for trouble, but trouble came looking for him.
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, Azul, and chase him around town trying to kill him and get his guitar case.
A case of mistaken identity leads to a heap of trouble in Robert Rodriguez's shoestring budget directorial debut. High-tech air conditioning. Tippy toes. The opening jailhouse scene proves Robert Rodriguez spent many years at John Woo's VHS film school. Guitar case. Speedy turtle. Shoe shine. You know you're in a great town when you get free coconuts. Giant sombrero. Barroom fiesta. Teléfono rápida. Rolling head. Catching the bus. El Mariachi cost around $7000 to make. I think Robert spent $6500 hiring the cool as fuck pit bull doggie. Found on road dead truck. Freaky pussycat. Domino the sexy camarero. Moco's manicure. Bubble bath. Mariachi swag. Azul ain't no joke. Desperado-esque dreams. Real motherfuckers drink beer straight from the bottle. Switcheroo.…
A Spanish-language action film directed by a wet-behind the ears Robert Rodriguez, "El Mariachi" is a spare but engaging action film. Delivering its own south-of-the-border sense of cool despite its limited resources, the film hints at good tings to come for its director and provides a solid experience.
"El Mariachi" focuses on its titular musician, a guitar player who becomes mistaken for an assassin with a guitar case. An angry drug lord, targeting the real assassin, attempts to do away with the guitar player, and the musician winds up entangled in a plot bursting with guns and money. It is a crackling story.
Rodriguez, working with a small budget and burgeoning skills, puts together a simple and streamlined production. It…
Made on a shoestring budget of $7,000, Robert Rodriguez managed to get a lot of bang for his buck out of his feature debut, El Mariachi. The budget constraints are obvious, but it's a damn good film considering it would have cost Roriguez more money to buy a decent used car.
El Mariachi (Carlos Gallardo) is a kind-spirited guitar player who simply wants to do as his father and grandfather did, wander through life with his guitar in hand and a song in his heart. He wanders into a small town with his guitar case looking to make a little money as a Mariachi, but is soon mistaken for a viscious hitman named Azul (Reinol Martinez), who is known for…
My grandpa, like Rodriguez, was raised in San Antonio, Texas by Mexican-American parents. During my childhood summers, we would often cram a mini-van full of people and take long, sweaty, sprawling road trips to San Antonio for a couple of weeks. As an adult, I can't say I would ever consider going back as I've always found even the touristy parts of the city fairly boring. My fondest memories, however, are the 36-some hours of driving, often through empty deserts and the occasional ghost town, in temperatures that usually settle in the 90s.
Unexpectedly, El Mariachi took me back to these nostalgic reminiscences, if only through its atmosphere alone. Rodriguez's Tejano heritage shows its frame in the combination of sandy…
When you consider how little he had to work with, director Robert Rodriguez created something truly extraordinary in this, his feature film debut. It's got gun play and humor, a touch of romance, a wonderfully surreal recurring dream sequence, a suitable soundtrack and the set up for a big-budget, star-powered sequel. He also won the Audience Award at Sundance with this ... not bad at all for a rookie.
Basically, it's a film about mistaken identity. A guitarist referred to only as El Mariachi (Carlos Gallardo) hitchhikes into a small Mexican town, looking for work and to perfect his talent as a mariachi musician. Because he wears black and carries a guitar case, he is mistaken for a killer called…
There was once a guy who had a passion for films. He wanted to make a film, but he was basically broke. With the very few pesos he had in his pockets, got a cheap camera, and made a film that would change his career forever. His name was Robert. The film was about a mariachi player...
The film was made cheap as hell and it looks cheap as hell, but that's one of the reasons why I love this film. He took what little money he had (about $7,000 if I'm not mistaken) and he made quite an impression. Even as an inexperienced director, he provides some inventive shots that are quite impressive coming from a rookie director. He…
a no-budget success that harkens back to the heady days of high exploitation, amateurish qualities aside, familiar tropes are sun-baked and served warm with verve and colour, not the best of its kind but not bad considering its constraints
Sí, es cine independiente. Sí, costó prácticamente nada. Sí, es el debut de Robert Rodríguez. Suma todo es y... no tienes una buena película. Siento que la mayoría de los comentarios positivos se deben a la buena fe que genera Rodríguez con la historia de la cinta y lo que significó en su momento, pero nada de eso puede esconder lo aburrida que puede llegar a ser. Tiene buenas ideas, por supuesto, y algunas de las adaptaciones de clichés del cine de acción y de crimen se traducen muy bien a la idiosincrasia mexicana y latinoamericana. Supongo que eso sí vale de algo.
Did this guy seriously make the Spy Kids movies?
The plot of El Mariachi is simple enough, and easy enough to follow. If you didn't know that this film was made for $7000, you'd be able to easily tell just by watching. That said, the low budget-ness of it is charming, and easy to get on board with.
This is an amateur film, and that is brilliant.
Half a star off for Rodriguez having a budget of $7000.
Great debut feature. Kicks ass and does it well. Although I feel that there's still a decision to be made by Rodriguez in this film, the one about if he's going to be serious or if he's going to go down the path of filmmaking with a twinkle in his eye. This debut is more on the serious side, but everything that came after is right in the fast lane of kicking shit and having a good time.
Wow. This film changed my life. Not just the film but story of how it was made and how successful it was. It inspired me so much and made me really appreciate Robert Rodriguez's Work.
Basically he had a borrowed camera, a couple Mexicans, a motorcycle, and a turtle. Yet he created one of greatest independent films of all time. El Mariachi won Sundance in 1992.
The film is about a Mariachi player being hunted by hit-men. Its very simple and well made. Its surprisingly funny and sweet.
You never really feel that its low budget. Except during the opening sequence at the prison. I almost gave up during that sequence. Trust me keep watching and you'll fall in love.
One of his earliest films, El Mariachi paints filmmaker Robert Rodriguez as a an excited and vibrant directorial voice. There's an energy to El Mariachi that makes up for the lower quality of almost every aspect of the production - the same kind of joie de cinema that gives life to Sam Raimi's early pictures. Rodriguez's screenplay is built on a case of mistaken identity that shouldn't work. Actually a lot of the movie shouldn't work, but it does.
If Robert had had the money, this would have been a 10. Despite the poor production and amateur actors, this is a great film.
I don't think Robert Rodriguez has made a movie better than his debut. There's so much energy and verve on display here. I love all the quirky minor characters, the sped-up comedy bits, the zooms, the percussive music. But it doesn't just excel because of these lovable idiosyncrasies; all of El Mariachi's core elements are strong. It has great performances, gritty action, and a distinctive visual style. This is possibly my favorite mistaken-identity story, at turns funny, tragic, suspenseful, and romantic.