Once Upon a Time in Mexico

Once Upon a Time in Mexico

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Director: Robert Rodriguez

Cast: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Johnny Depp

     
 

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Director Robert Rodriguez returns to the characters of his breakthrough hits El Mariachi and Desperado in this grand scale south-of-the-border action-adventure saga. Sands (Johnny Depp) is a rogue CIA agent who is working in cahoots with Mexican officials who've caught wind of a plan by corruptSee more details below

Overview

Director Robert Rodriguez returns to the characters of his breakthrough hits El Mariachi and Desperado in this grand scale south-of-the-border action-adventure saga. Sands (Johnny Depp) is a rogue CIA agent who is working in cahoots with Mexican officials who've caught wind of a plan by corrupt military leader General Marquez (Gerardo Vigil) and ruthless drug kingpin Barillo (Willem Dafoe) to assassinate Mexico's president (Pedro Armendáriz Jr.). Sands needs to recruit a gunman to take out Barillo's assassins before they can complete their mission, and through barman Belini (Cheech Marin), Sands learns of El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas), a fabled musician turned vigilante with a remarkable talent for violence, and a score to settle with Marquez. El Mariachi is living quietly in hiding after the death of the woman he loved, Carolina (Salma Hayek), but Sands lures him back into action through the promise of a final showdown with his nemesis Marquez, forcing El Mariachi to retrieve his guitar case (containing a mighty arsenal) and once again do battle against the lawless. Robert Rodriguez not only directed Once Upon a Time in Mexico, but he wrote the screenplay, handled the camera work, edited the film, and composed the musical score.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Robert Rodriguez' Once Upon a Time in Mexico is a tribute to Sergio Leone in much more than just name only. What he takes from the master is a desire to pump up genre clichés until they achieve an almost kabuki-like level of significance. There are many individual sequences that work quite well in Once Upon a Time in Mexico, but Rodriguez loses the fun after about 40 minutes. Johnny Depp's CIA agent is darkly humorous and gives the film some much needed comic relief, but much of the film is given over to Antonio Banderas brooding about his lost wife and child, and solemnly preparing to do what he has to do. This is a darker, more serious film than the two previous films in the franchise. A streak of Mexican nationalistic pride gives the film some thematic weight, but also leads to some easy audience pleasing moments that fail to replace the humor and charm of Desperado and El Mariachi. Once Upon a Time in Mexico will satisfy fans of Rodriguez distinct style and talent for action sequences, but it also feels like he used up all of his sense of fun while making three Spy Kids films in three years.
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers
You don't want to miss Depp in this movie -- he knocks it out of the park.
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman
In its wildly overwrought, burrito-Western way, is about as close to a home movie as you're likely to see in a megaplex.
Time Magazine - Richard Schickel
It's an exercise in style by Robert Rodriguez and not to be taken any more (or less) seriously than his giddy Spy Kids movies.
Dallas Morning News
God bless Johnny Depp. For the second time this year, the man has almost single-handedly redeemed an action movie that would otherwise be indistinguishable from the pack.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/04/2011
UPC:
0043396227323
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
ABC
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
26,634

Special Features

Robert Rodriguez audio commentary; Ten-minute flick school; Inside Troublemaker studios; Deleted scenes with optional commentary; Ten-minute cooking school; The anti-hero's journey; Film is dead: an evening with Robert Rodriguez; The good, the bad and the bloody: inside knb fx; Blu-ray exclusive: the cutting room

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Antonio Banderas El Mariachi
Salma Hayek Carolina
Johnny Depp Agent Sands
Mickey Rourke Billy Chambers
Eva Mendes Special Agent Ajedrez
Danny Trejo Cucuy
Enrique Iglesias Lorenzo
Marco Leonardi Fideo
Cheech Marin Belini
Rubén Blades Jorge FBI
Willem Dafoe Barillo
Gerardo Vigil General Marquez
Pedro Armendariz El Presidente

Technical Credits
Robert Rodriguez Director,Score Composer,Cinematographer,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter
Elizabeth Avellan Producer
Brian Bettwy Asst. Director
Carlos Gallardo Producer
Meno Hinjosa Art Director
Sue Jett Co-producer
Tony Mark Co-producer
Graciela Mazon Costumes/Costume Designer
Ed Novick Sound/Sound Designer
Luz Maria Rojas Co-producer
Mary Vernieu Casting

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