Once Upon a Time in Mexico

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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 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...
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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 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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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.

In its wildly overwrought, burrito-Western way, is about as close to a home movie as you're likely to see in a megaplex.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2004
  • UPC: 043396087149
  • Original Release: 2003
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Format: VHS

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
Ruben Blades Jorge FBI
Willem Dafoe Barillo
Gerardo Vigil General Marquez
Pedro Armendariz Jr. 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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  • Posted June 29, 2011

    Perhaps the best cast worst movie - ever.

    Who is this hombre --- Robert Rodriguez --- and --- why was he allowed to so thoroughly waste such immense on-screen talent?!? For almost every conceivable reason, this movie is an utter disaster that should have been relegated to the guano heap before being foisted on the public --- any public. Writing, acting, photography, direction, editing --- each sets a substandard that --- hopefully --- will never be equalled or --- dios help us and save us --- underpassed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Half a star.......

    I was sooo disappointed with this movie. Desperado was such a good film. This movie stinks. It's boring, uninteresting and a complete waste of time. Johnny Depp is mildly amusing but that's it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not a masterpiece, but worthwhile

    I thought this movie was hilarious...whether it was supposed to be or not. I liked it for the most part. However...I am a huge fan of Johnny Depp and expected more from one of his performances.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointing

    a waste of Willem Dafoe. many slow scenes. Thin script and dialogue, and not a single scene with a scorpion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2004

    BANG! BANG! BANG!

    BANG! There goes your money as you sit down in front of this western epic and the third (or fourth depending on whether or not you've heard the director commentary) movie in the 'El Mariachi' trilogy. BANG! There goes your attention as it is fixated on the screen as the image of Johnny Depp sitting at a table smoking a cigarette catches your attention immediately. BANG! There goes your sense of caring what goes on in the film as long as you get to see these great actors have a great time being directed by Robert Rodriguez in the fantastically mythic beauty of Mexico. The soundtrack as has been said many times before is simply breathtaking, completely badass and fitting in tone for the most badass of trilogies. In the same vein as Tarantino's 'silly movies' like Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction, 'Mexico' is a film where you shouldn't care whether the film is real or not but simply care whether its interesting or not. And by Golly it is, with Banderas firing off shots from his sawn off shotgun staring into the camera and looking unbelievably cool, this guy will go down in the history books as the spanish Clint Eastwood character, the 'man with no name' from the Sergio Leone movies. The direction is brilliant with Rodriguez proving once again his skills as a director who can pull them out of the hat as good as those who spend billions on whatever rubbish they want to pollute the silver screen with. This is Rodriguez getting back to his roots, the same Rodriguez that started out making 'El Mariachi' for the mexican movie market simply for the action, and in this film, explosions, stunts, salma hayek, man this is one movie thatll keep you interesting never mind the plot that doesn't make sense or the characters getting unequal screen time. BANG! This is the movie you need to brighten up those rainy days, and if you get the DVD you'll be inspired by the add ons that Rodriguez has filmed especially for the DVD. BANG! Bang indeed, celebrate another triumphant Rodriguez flick!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absurd Action Without Plot

    Robert Rodriguez's sequel to 'Desperado' and 'El Mariachi' starring Johnny Depp, Antonio Banderas, Willem Dafoe, Mickey Rourke, Danny Trejo, Ruben Blades, Eva Mendes and Salma Hayek. This contrived film consists of nothing more than a shallow plot to float over-the-top action scenes that would make Rambo III look as sober as Platoon. If there's any definition for senseless gratuitous violence, this movie is it; it elevates films such as 'Last Man Standing' to high drama status. Not only are the shooting scenes overdone, they're unrealistic to the point of being comically absurd; descending to a moronic level. Given the overwhelming stupidity of this film and his obvious ignorance as to firearms, Robert Rodriguez needs to go back to the basics of film making and consult with reality to give his audience an at least plausible, if not meaningful, story before releasing more of this infantile garbage.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A good film!

    Once upon a time in mexico is acutally a pretty good action flick. Unlike some other action films today, the movie has sensible action scenes. The movie also pulls off humor with it. The acting is good. The story is good. The action scenes are cool. And the movie is funny. But one of the things I like most is the musical score. The score is great. The movie has a low budget for a action movie, but is an achievement considering its budget. My only problem, and I feel it is perhaps a big one, the film ends with many questions in my mind even though you can see that they tried to resolve the loose ends. The film is still pretty good though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sands

    Sands saves this weird movie. Sands is Johnny Depp. He comes in shoots people and says the funniest things. Thank you Johnny for saving this movie.

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