Movies that are slightly off.
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…
Made for peanuts and pretty solid.
It's amazing what one can do with a small budget. The film is over the top in some areas, but it remains self aware throughout. It's a humble and well-made film considering the small budget. He's come a long way, but I'm glad Robert Rodriguez was able to self-start his filmmaking career with a humble film. It gives me hope for my future as a filmmaker.
I think the overall production quality turned me off. I was expecting Desperado, but got something very different. It is ok for a first-time low low low budget flick.
Truly imaginative filmmaking. Should be seen by any aspiring director.
Hard to be hard on this one, given that I read Rebel Without a Crew and whatnot, and know the whole story, respect the guy's spirit. But after finally seeing the movie....damn, I mean, how did this make it beyond the Spanish straight-to-video market? The story of this movie's distribution and success seems to say more about the industry itself than it does about Mr. Rodriguez's talent as a filmmaker (but not his grit).
Yeah, this is that one that everybody knows about because it was shot for a budget of like $7,000.
According Director Robert Rodriguez, most of that went to paying for the 16mm film + development. Only about $600 of that ended up on screen.
This man made a movie for $600.
Six. Hundred. Dollars.
I don't speak Spanish, and I didn't have any subtitles, so I don't know what I missed. But like any good movie, you don't have to understand the dialogue to follow the story.
What really makes this entertaining is Rodriguez's extremely unique and unmistakable directorial style. You can tell they had fun making this, and that kind of makes it even more fun to watch.
A pretty sweet debut film from Robert Rodriguez.
You could see where he was going with this. The story is out there, ridiculous yet comedic, and clearly heavily inspired by 70's action films with the themes and use of camerawork.
It had extraordinary experiential camerawork and a quirky feeling, the story is fun and light yet like typical Rodriguez he can still blend it with dark themes. Overall a great start and you could see where he was going.
Oh and just learning about the making of this film just inspires me more to become a filmmaker, Rodriguez is so inventive with making a budget film it's inspiring.
7000 dollars sure goes a long way in Mexico.
Stick on the director's commentary and it's transformed from an easy to watch Mexican romp into a fascinating documentary on how to make a movie on the cheap. Both are good films, but there's a lot more that can be taken away from the latter.