Mexican

Mexican

3.5 7
Director: Gore Verbinski

Cast: Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, James Gandolfini

     
 

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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… See more details below

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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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Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Stephen Holden
It is a screwball road film whose plot skids through a succession of cleverly placed hairpin turns as it juggles goofy fantasy, light social commentary and off-kilter violence…In stealing the movie from its attractive co-stars, Mr. Gandolfini does them a favor by allowing them to relax. Although Ms. Roberts is as winsome as ever…In the wacky, goofy, peripatetic, therapy-besotted world of Mobsters Who Love Antique Pistols and the Women Who Love Them, they're O.K., I'm O.K., you're O.K., and everyone's O.K. But this is Hollywood, after all. And with Julia and Brad and the new-and-improved Tony Soprano linking arms, how could it be otherwise?

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929302482
Original Release:
2001
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:03:00
Sales rank:
7,021

Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes complete with filmmakers' commentary; HBO's "the making of The Mexican" behind-the-scenes featurette; Insightful film commentary by director Gore Verbinski and other filmmakers; In-depth production notes and detailed cast & filmmaker biographies; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brad Pitt Jerry Welbach
Julia Roberts Samantha
James Gandolfini Leroy
Bob Balaban Bernie Nayman
J.K. Simmons Ted
David Krumholtz Beck
Richard Coca Car Thief
Michael Cerveris Frank
Sherman Augustus Well Dressed Black Man
Castulo Guerra Joe the Pawnshop Owner
Gene Hackman Arnold Margolese
Alan Silvestri Conductor

Technical Credits
Gore Verbinski Director
Michael Atwell Art Director
Colleen Atwood Costumes/Costume Designer
John Baldecchi Producer
Chris J. Ball Executive Producer
William S. Beasley Co-producer
Lawrence Bender Producer
Sandra Cabriada Set Decoration/Design
Denise Chamian Casting
Craig Wood Editor
Rick Frederick Asst. Director
Juan Pablo Garcia Set Decoration/Design
Robert Greenfield Set Decoration/Design
Paul Hellerman Co-producer
Cecilia Montiel Production Designer
Tom Myers Sound/Sound Designer
Lee Orloff Sound/Sound Designer
Juan Pablo Set Decoration/Design
Aaron Ryder Executive Producer
Diego Sandoval Art Director
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
William Tyrer Executive Producer
Dariusz Wolski Cinematographer
J.H. Wyman Executive Producer,Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Mexican
1. Chapter 1 [2:17]
2. Chapter 2 [6:35]
3. Chapter 3 [3:53]
4. Chapter 4 [4:33]
5. Chapter 5 [6:31]
6. Chapter 6 [3:41]
7. Chapter 7 [3:58]
8. Chapter 8 [2:59]
9. Chapter 9 [4:00]
10. Chapter 10 [4:14]
11. Chapter 11 [5:42]
12. Chapter 12 [4:36]
13. Chapter 13 [4:08]
14. Chapter 14 [3:11]
15. Chapter 15 [5:35]
16. Chapter 16 [3:28]
17. Chapter 17 [3:38]
18. Chapter 18 [4:47]
19. Chapter 19 [3:07]
20. Chapter 20 [7:49]
21. Chapter 21 [5:56]
22. Chapter 22 [3:57]
23. Chapter 23 [2:12]
24. Chapter 24 [10:03]
25. Chapter 25 [6:30]
26. Chapter 26 [5:46]

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