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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…
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…
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…
No hacen falta millones de dólares para hacer una buena película, basta con una historia interesante, habilidad para presentarla, y una dirección inteligente y creativa como la de Don Rodríguez.
Con el apoyo de una gran productora habría sido estelar.
When the Columbia Pictures logo costs more than this film!
'El Mariachi' is Robert Rodriguez hobby film that he made dirt cheap and totally independent at the age of 24. Starring Carlos Gallardo as an aspiring guitar musician who is entangled in a murderous gang's revenge scheme. The dirt cheap effect is washed away within a few scenes in as you becoming transpired into the world of 'El Mariachi'. Robert Rodriguez does a great job with a solid script and story that never lacks tone but lacks in editing due to the fast pace working style of the director. A few shots are out of focus and others are slightly framed off but all is made up for with the creative action set pieces and emotional investment into the character.
A double feature with 'Desperado' is really interesting!
The things people will do to make movies.
Produced for a mere $7,000 – nearly half of which Robert Rodriguez earned by volunteering for experimental drug testing in Texas – with one camera, a wheelchair in lieu of a dolly, and no hired crew, slate, or on-location sound recording, “El Mariachi” was originally intended for the Mexican home video market before Colombia Pictures bought the distribution rights.
It's true that the film, for better or for worse, never loses the flavor of a cheap action flick.
But throw in undertones of screwball comedy (by way of Sergio Leone), plus some eerie dream sequences reminiscent of the Fellini short “Toby Dammit” (which I’ve always wondered if Rodriguez saw before he made this), and you’ve got one of the most winning cheap action flicks of all time.
P.S.: The dog and the turtle are great - or, should I say, ¡el perro y la tortuga son excelentes!
I watched this at first just because I saw Robert Rodriguez's 'Ten Minute Film School', but a few minutes in I was just taken over by the story. What a wonderful debut film! Funny, action packed, surprising, the whole shebang.
A fun film with a great sense of humour about it.
Some great shots!
Robert Rodriguez Vorgänger zu 'Desperado' hat weder bekannte Namen noch augenverwöhende Action. Bei einem Budget von 7.000 Dollar kein Wunder. Ich liebe 'Desperado' und auch 'El Mariachi' hat einige nette Momente. Insgesamt ist er mir dann doch zu amateurhaft und bietet zu wenig Schauwerte. Aber es ist zu erkennen, dass Rodriguez was drauf hat.
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Low budget, with a very cheesy dubbed version, but a fun story nonetheless. The bathtub scene alone was enough to get me to like it; there's a reason this small film sparked two more.
All he wanted was to be a mariachi
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