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Desperado
     

Desperado

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Director: Robert Rodriguez,

Cast: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Joaquim de Almeida

 

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Director Robert Rodriguez picks up where his successful independent debut El Mariachi left off with this slam-bang South of the Border action saga. Bucho (Joaquim DeAlmeida) is a wealthy but casually bloodthirsty drug kingpin who rules a seedy Mexican border town. Bucho and his men make the

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Director Robert Rodriguez picks up where his successful independent debut El Mariachi left off with this slam-bang South of the Border action saga. Bucho (Joaquim DeAlmeida) is a wealthy but casually bloodthirsty drug kingpin who rules a seedy Mexican border town. Bucho and his men make the mistake of angering El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas), a former musician who now carries an arsenal in his guitar case. Bucho was responsible for the death of El Mariachi's girlfriend and put a bullet through his fretting hand, making him unable to play the guitar. Bent on revenge, the musician-turned-killing machine arrives in town to put Bucho out of business, though he finds few allies except for Carolina (Salma Hayek), who runs a bookstore that doesn't seem to attract many readers. Desperado features supporting performances from Cheech Marin as a cynical bartender, Steve Buscemi as the cantina patron who sets up the story, and Quentin Tarantino as a man with a really terrible joke to tell.

Filmed in two weeks on a budget of $7000, El Mariachi was one of the singular pleasures of the 1993-94 movie season. Kind-spirited guitarist El Mariachi (Carlos M. Gallardo) simply wants to wander through life as his father and grandfather did, with a song in his heart and a smile on his lips. He wanders into a small mob-run town, guitar case in hand. It so happens that the local criminal element is awaiting the arrival of vicious hit man Azul (Reinol Martinez), who is well known for carrying his weapons in...a guitar case. Just when you think you've got a lock on what's going to happen next, director Robert Rodriguez throws us for a loop, unexpectedly alternating whimsical comedy with graphic violence. Rodriguez later retooled the plot of El Mariachi for his far more expensive (and far less satisfying) Antonio Banderas vehicle Desperado (1995). Hal Erickson

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It was inevitable, but still lamentable, that Robert Rodriguez would gussy up his production values when given more than 7,000 dollars to rework his famously austere El Mariachi, which delivered ten times the unique punch as most actioners with a thousand times the budget. But with colleague and guest star Quentin Tarantino no doubt whispering in his ear, Desperado takes on a much more cartoonish tone than it needs to, cheapening his vision for the sake of a few gaudy gestures toward violent chic. Alternately considered a sequel and a remake, Desperado tries to be just as loud as El Mariachi was subtle, with bar patrons blasted across the room by shotguns and guitar cases that double as missile launchers. Of course, the cast has been upgraded as well, with Antonio Banderas in the lead and Salma Hayek giving her breakthrough performance as his love interest. Still, Rodriguez hasn't entirely forgotten his roots, giving Carlos Gallardo, the original mariachi, a small role as the smooth-as-silk hit man who totes said missile launcher. Because it's a showcase for stylish gunplay and crisp editing, Desperado has a loyal legion of fans apparently willing to overlook its shortcomings. For all the critical grousing about Rodriguez selling out, it is an exciting movie on the most basic level. It just could have been so much less. The collaboration with Tarantino would continue in 1996's From Dusk Till Dawn, in which Rodriguez would either prove that the visual bombast was his idea, or Tarantino would get him into it even deeper, depending on your slant on the subject.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/16/1996
UPC:
0043396116535
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Antonio Banderas El Mariachi
Salma Hayek Carolina
Joaquim de Almeida Bucho
Cheech Marin Short Bartender
Steve Buscemi Buscemi
Quentin Tarantino Pick-up Guy
Carlos Goméz Right Hand
Danny Trejo Navajas
Tito Larriva Tavo
Mike Moroff Shrug
Robert Arevalo Opponent
Peter Marquardt Moco
Consuelo Gomez Domino
Abraham Verduzco Boy in Santa Cecilia

Technical Credits
Robert Rodriguez Director,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter
Elizabeth Avellan Co-producer
Bill Borden Producer
Reuben Cannon Casting
Carlos Gallardo Co-producer
Lobos Score Composer,Songwriter
Graciela Mazon Costumes/Costume Designer
Cecilia Montiel Production Designer
Guillermo Navarro Cinematographer
Ermahn Ospina Makeup
Sebastian Gaetano Silva Asst. Director
Mark Ulano Sound/Sound Designer

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Desperado 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Desperado is the sequel to 1992s EL MARIACHI (the second best movie ever). This movie has tons of action. It also has a lot of violence. I recommend this movie to all action movie fans or just regular movie watchers around the world. BUY IT NOW!!!!!!!!!
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