The MexicanDirector: Gore Verbinski, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, James Gandolfini
A clumsy criminal is put in a position where he not only has to save his own skin, but that of his girlfriend in this comedy with strong undercurrents of romance. Jerry Welbach (Brad Pitt) is a low-level Mafia "mechanic" whose ineptitude is countered by frequent (but unpredictable) bursts of dumb luck. Jerry's girlfriend Samantha (Julia Roberts) wants him to get out of the business, and after his latest blunder lands capo Arnold Margolese (Gene Hackman) in jail, so does mid-level crime kingpin Bernie Nayman (Bob Balaban). But Bernie insists that Jerry do one last errand for the mob before they let him find employment elsewhere -- he has to go to Mexico and recover a rare and very valuable pistol, which is said to be cursed. While Samantha objects to Jerry taking the assignment, he isn't in much of a position to argue; Jerry heads south of the border, while Samantha, in a huff, sets out for Las Vegas. Once in Mexico, Jerry finds the pistol easily enough, but making his way back to the States proves to be an unexpected challenge. Meanwhile, Jerry's superiors want insurance that he'll return with the goods, so they hire Leroy (James Gandolfini), a hitman, to kidnap Samantha and hold her hostage until Jerry comes back. However, Samantha and Leroy quickly strike up a friendship, and she soon learns the gunman has a sensitive side he doesn't show to the world -- along with a few other secrets. The Mexican marked the first screen pairing for mega-stars Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt -- though, given the film's narrative arc, they play only a handful of scenes together. The film was directed by Gore Verbinski, who won awards for his work in commercials before breaking through with the quirky family comedy Mouse Hunt.
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- Dreamworks Video
Cast & Crew
|Brad Pitt||Jerry Welbach|
|Bob Balaban||Bernie Nayman|
|Richard Coca||Car Thief|
|Sherman Augustus||Well Dressed Black Man|
|Castulo Guerra||Joe the Pawnshop Owner|
|Gene Hackman||Arnold Margolese|
|Pedro Armendariz||Mexican Policeman|
|Michael Atwell||Art Director|
|Colleen Atwood||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Chris J. Ball||Executive Producer|
|William S. Beasley||Co-producer|
|Sandra Cabriada||Set Decoration/Design|
|Rick Frederick||Asst. Director|
|Juan Pablo Garcia||Set Decoration/Design|
|Robert Greenfield||Set Decoration/Design|
|Cecilia Montiel||Production Designer|
|Tom Myers||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Lee Orloff||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Aaron Ryder||Executive Producer|
|Diego Sandoval||Art Director|
|Alan Silvestri||Score Composer|
|William Tyrer||Executive Producer|
|J.H. Wyman||Executive Producer,Screenwriter|
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Brad Pitt was cute in this movie.
OK, I think this movie is utter **ap. Roberts and Pitt give the term ''Overacting'' a whole new meaning. James Gandolfini on the other hand is genius. His scenes with Julia Roberts are excellent and very funny. I love this guy. I think it's still worth getting this dvd just for the scenes with Mr. Gandolfini it.
That s because this was where I saw him with bewildered, wide-eyed looks. Seen the scene where he stopped for the red light in the middle of nowhere only to realize that there was no traffic and he started looking both ways before he inched his car forward? Cute acting though, i.e so different from his role in the Ocean movies, Troy, etc. As for Julia Roberts, well, she's Julia Roberts. I think the movie has the perfect mix for a cast, plus it has a good story so still, I think it's great and I do recommend it.
Of course I watched it- Brad Pitt was in it! But the movie wasn't great. There's only, like, one funny part I remember and the rest of the movie blah-ed me.