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Desperado

Antonio Banderas , Salma Hayek , Robert Rodriguez    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

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It's Sergio Leone meets Sam Peckinpah meets Quentin Tarantino in this ultraviolent, mythological shoot-'em-up by auteur Robert Rodriguez. In Desperado, Rodriguez creates larger-than-life, genre-tweaking stock characters and puts them through their paces. As they stride bravely through an Old West lightly dusted with camp humor, they're periodically called upon to nimbly dodge bullets and fireballs through outrageously choreographed displays of Hollywood pyrotechnics. In this bigger-budget semi-remake/semi-sequel to Rodriguez's indie sensation, El Mariachi (made, famously, for $7,000), Antonio Banderas is the darkly charismatic El Mariachi, the Mysterious Stranger in town; Steve Buscemi is perfectly cast as his weasely, motor-mouth Comic Sidekick, laying the groundwork for El Mariachi's entrance by spinning saloon stories to build up his legend; Cheech Marin is a standout as the Bartender, who really knows how to handle a toothpick; and gorgeous Salma Hayek is, well, the Girl--treated to the kind of full-blown, slow-mo introduction the movies traditionally lavish on beautiful new stars. It doesn't add up to much, but it's a kick. --Jim Emerson

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4.0 out of 5 stars It was okay Oct. 6 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It was a okay movie for its time. A little far fetched though.. Antonio Banderas is cute but he's no Rambo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boum! June 12 2013
By LiLy
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Beaucoup d'action, coup de feu, explosion, mexique, Antonio Banderas, drogue, vengeance... C'est un bon film d'action à la mexicaine si on veut!
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4.0 out of 5 stars 2nd of 3 classic films! April 5 2013
By Seven
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the movie came today only after 8 days, always did love this movie, the dvd works well, great sound. more so when you have surround and everything blows up real good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars West Side Story...South of the Border July 6 2002
Format:DVD
OK, may be the plot isn't relative and the weaponry a little more state-of-the-art, but the choreography.....better!
This violent, shoot-um-up-to-the-max was definitely 'death dancing to it's own rhythm'.
I viewed the Superbit DVD, but never having watched either of the previous two DVDs nor the video, I can't make any comparison. I can say the DTS was awesome. The picture quality was excellent. It doesn't get any better than this, especially since the tiny shrinking cinemaplex theaters have made my surround-sound and 32" TV the theater of choice.
Sex and guns and music from Los Lobos interwoven with campy humor, Antonio being...well Antonio (ladies, need I say more), with great support from the likes of Steve Buscemi (in one of his best roles I think), Cheech Marin, and the sultry Salma Hayek; what more could you want in an action movie. I found this film far superior to and much more enjoyable than 'Dawn To Dusk'.
Now that 'Desperado II - Once Upon A Time in Mexico'is in the works for a 2003 release with the return of Antonio and Salma and the addition of Johnny Depp and Enrique Iglesias, once again under the direction of Robert Rodriguez, we can look foward to finding out just where the loving couple rode off to into the sunset.
Seems I repeatedly say these two things:
I am not your run-of-the mill young western fan - wrong gender, wrong age, but I enjoyed it anyway;
and also reminding those who picked-at the flaws, degraded and jeered at the plot (?), questioned the reality, and just plain didn't get the campiness, to just let yourself go!
Don't take yourself and the movies so seriously. Enjoy the humor. Enjoy Antonio or Salma, whichever one sets your pulse-to-racing. Heck, just enjoy the movie!
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3.0 out of 5 stars It Was Good, But ... July 9 2004
Format:DVD
I was disappointed with the ending. Of course, I loved the twist, but the conclusion to the twist wasn't what I was hoping for. But hey, if you enjoy "out on a vendetta" movies as much as I do, you'll enjoy the ride.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT ACTION FILM FOR THE AGES! May 30 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I am a big fan of the "action" genre and the whole Mariachi Trilogy tops my list.Especially with Desperado my favorite.I showed this film to my friend and they were extreamly impressed.Some people say that this movie's no good because it's too too unreal.This movie wasn't meant to be real it was meant to be fun.Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek really give this movie a "spice" to the screen.Desperado is filled with bullet-flying action,humor,and a romance.Those who've seen this movie will know what I'm talking about.If you're not into actio movies,or violent movies than Desperado is defenetley not for you.For those who are into action movies and haven't seen this movie yet,SEE IT NOW!I gaurentee you won't be disappointed.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A stupid movie of violent excess. March 20 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Who cares what it cost or how few people participated? There's no character development, a bunch of ridiculous stereotypes and the jokes are not that funny.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Man And His Revenge March 11 2004
Format:DVD
The Mariachi saga, created by film director Robert Rodriguez, gets more star power, a bigger budget, and is even crazier than the first installment was. Such is Desperado. Actor Carlos Gallardo, who played the anti-hero in the first film, is replaced by Antonio Banderas. Despite the casting change, his adventures contiue as he treks across west, playing his guitar and righting wrongs.
The no-named Mariachi (Banderas) tracks down the last Mexican drug-lord "Bucho" (Joaquim de Almeida) with the help of his best friend, and book store owner Carolina (Salma Hayek). The Mariachi takes on his entire army of henchmen in a dusty border town as an act of revenge for the murder of his love and his injured musician's hand. Also starring Cheech Marin as Short Bartender, Steve Buscemi, and even includes a "fine performance" from the great actor (Just Kidding Really) Quentin Tarantino.
Desperado is a cross between the spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone and the action styles of say John Woo or even Tarantino himself. These characters are put in place, acting as tongue in cheek--wink wink--nods to their genre counterparts. It is clear that the film that Rodriguez has made is all in fun. The action and gunplay is well choreagraphed and exciting to watch. Banderas takes over the role and owns it. Hayek sizzles opposite Banderas and they are great together here As usual though, Buscemi, almost steals the show with his unique style of delivery.
The Special Edition DVD version of Desperado boasts another great audio commentary from Rodriguez. The track is lively and informative--but in a relaxed way. The featurette "10 More Minutes with Robert Rodriguez: Anatomy of a Shootout" takes a fun look at how these sequences in the movie get put together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very entertaining action film
This is a very good film. A guitar player called El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas) is searching for justice against a man named Bucho (Joaquim De Almeida) who murdered his girlfriend. Read more
Published on March 6 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the single coolest movie in existance.
Without a doubt, Desperado is the coolest movie there is. It has everything: style, substance, great characters, amazing soundtrack, and not a single boring part in the movie. Read more
Published on March 4 2004 by Horatio Horatio
4.0 out of 5 stars "Desperado" Special Edition DVD Review!
After a couple of average DVD releases, "Desperado" finally gets the SPECIAL EDITION treatmant. The second and most popular in Robert Rodriguez's "Maricahi" trilogy takes a far... Read more
Published on March 1 2004 by Crazy Jim
4.0 out of 5 stars Great modern day western with plenty of action
Desperado is a great action movie with an excellent cast that will not disappoint. El Mariachi is a mysterious figure who travels from town to town cleaning the scum off of the... Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2004 by T O'Brien
3.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood-ized sequel to indie hit still worth a gander.
Robert Rodriguez's bigger-budget sequel to his surprise hit "El Mariachi" demonstrates that more money and more polish don't necessarily equal a better movie. Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2004 by Joseph P. Menta, Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced violent film with silly plot. I liked it.
Three years after Robert Rodriguez came along and showed the world how a mere $7,000 and a lot of creativity could make a successful film called El Mariachi, he made Desperado. Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2004 by Linda Linguvic
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