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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…
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…
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…
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…
It's certainly rough around the edges, but you can see the talent and technique of a filmmaker with a lot passion and potential.
When I expressed my awe on Twitter, Robert Rodriguez saluted me. That was a really great day. (proof: twitter.com/DuchessofRogue/status/585990096106590208)
What a fantastic film, made with $7,000 and some extra in post. It just amazes me what he did with so little. Go to the IMDB page for some really excellent background and lesser known trivia stuff about the making of this film.
Film #17 of the "September 2015 Scavenger Hunt" Challenge!
Task #29: A film featuring a case of mistaken identity!
'El Mariachi' ranks up there with the finest of the micro-budget debut feature, from Clerks to Primer. It is hard to tell that the budget of the movie was as tiny as it really was, with a production value and level of visual freshness and inventiveness.
Rodriguez is able to spice up what seems to be a reasonably standard genre tale at first, with elements of farce, exploitation cinema and at times even a modernised take on the western. His work in the 1990s, marked him as an incredibly consistent director of high quality work, and this trilogy…
Watching this for the first time after reading how he did it in his book Rebel Without a Crew (really fucking good so far). The budget reflects itself here, but it's very enjoyable.
Made on a budget so shoestring that it wouldn't even buy a ham sandwich at my local café, Robert Rodriguez's directional debut El Mariachci doesn't have the polish of most of Rodriguez's other work but it still does have that same flare that his films are known for.
"The free coconut at the edge of town made me feel like this city would bring good luck."
My favourite in the trilogy has always been Desperado and I'm sure on this long overdue rewatch that won't change - it's the easy watch that refined the great idea here and added a budget. But there's something about this crazy debut by Rodriguez that is always a pleasant surprise to revisit. It's something in the way it comes across as if it doesn't even know it has no money - the way the camera, even though it's just a grainy old 16mm rental, somehow tries to shoot the lead, the villain, the romantic interests, the action, as if they were the…
Well done, Rodriguez, well done.
El Mariachi is a no budget movie that was shot like it was a multi-mullion dollar production. Rodriguez's sense of pacing, editing, and dark humour is perfect for this kind of picture and the film is a wildly entertaining Western/action movie. The movie is also graced by a simple but effective score and a memorably dark ending.
It's crazy that he could make such a fun movie with a tiny budget of only $7,000!
On a side note, I really liked the guitar during the credits.
Couldn't figure out the title though. :(
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