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But when El Mariachi crossed the border in 1992, things changed. Granted, it still involved a drug lord in a shoot-em-up, bang-bang, but this time the good guy was a Mexican.
Austin-based Rodriguez made El Mariachi for a fistful of pesos and a little help from his friends. He wrote, directed, coproduced, edited, and operated the camera. Plus, he assembled a cast that had never acted before to work por nada. All for a paltry $7,000, a milagro without a beanfield war.
Desperado continues the outrageous action adventure. Working with a much bigger budget, Rodriguez returns the nameless mariachi to nonstop action. Again thrust into a world he never made, the hero takes his guitar-case arsenal deep into the criminal labyrinth of Bucho (Joaquim de Almeida), el gran chingon of the Mexican drug lords. With an amigo (Steve Buscemi) and a beautiful bookstore owner (Salma Hayek), el mariachi confronts an outrageous cast along the way, including a bartender (Cheech Marin), a drug deal pick-up guy (Quentin Tarantino), and the original mariachi (coproducer Carlos Gallardo) as a new-found compa'.
Antonio Banderas has the lead this time, and if he's not quite up to the challenge, it's probably because he's Spanish, not Mexican, a distinction not lost by anyone raised on what the popular media now calls "ethnic food."
That said, Desperado is not to be missed. Using intelligence, romance, and humor--as well as plenty of explosive, surreal violence--Rodriguez again showcases the timeless struggle between the forces of darkness and light. And, in the process, he's recasting the mold for the contemporary action hero--kids now argue about who gets to play the Mexican. --Stephan Magcosta
Bon prix. Il y a eu un problème avec l'envoi, mais le vendeur a très rapidement réglé le problème. Merci!Published 20 months ago by mimi
====most of the scenes are reminicense or like john woo's films but this movie was a good copy=====Published on May 2 2004 by C. soriano
Wow, must see, Antonio has done it again, and with his new movie Once upon a Time in Mexico, SWEET!!! Read morePublished on April 26 2004 by Jose Madrigal
.This DVD is indeed a flipper. So don't let your little cousins touch this. This DVD includes commentary by Robert Rodriguez on both films. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2004 by newfound32
This great 2 DVD box set of El Mariachi and Desperado is awesome!!! Both DVD's are special editions!!! Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2004 by Jason P. Pumphrey
Robert Rodriguez is absolutely brilliant, and he shows it in this franchise. "El Mariachi" tells the story of a young musician mistaken for a hitman and condemned to... Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2003 by Robert T.
El Mariachi's novel plot, taut suspense and action, thoroughly engage the audience. It quickly becomes understandable why it won awards despite its shoestring budget. Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2003 by paul_howard
Both movies are well worth your money. Each movie gets the same special edition treatment it had before. Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2003 by Sebastian Haselbeck