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Desperado (1995)

A gunslinger is embroiled in a war with a local drug runner.

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With this sequel to his prize-winning independent previous film, "El Mariachi," director Robert Rodriquez joins the ranks of Sam Peckinpah and John Woo as a master of slick, glamorized ultra-violence. We pick up the story as a continuation of "El Mariachi," where an itinerant musician, looking for work, gets mistaken for a hitman and thereby entangled in a web of love, corruption, and death. This time, he is out to avenge the murder of his lover and the maiming of his fretting hand, which occurred at the end of the earlier movie. However, the plot is recapitulated, and again, a case of mistaken identity leads to a very high body count, involvement with a beautiful woman who works for the local drug lord, and finally, the inevitable face-to-face confrontation and bloody showdown. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Rated R for strong bloody violence, a strong sex sequence and language | See all certifications »

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25 August 1995 (USA)  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$25,625,110 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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The same "penis gun" that Sex Machine uses in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) can be seen in this movie in the guitar case when Carolina looks inside it. The Mariachi says "it's saved my life many times". That film was also directed by Robert Rodriguez and also starred Salma Hayek. See more »

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The Short Bartender uses a revolver with a silencer on the barrel. It is impossible to silence a revolver. Revolvers can't be silenced because there is a gap in the rear between the cylinder and the hammer, and a gap in the front between the cylinder and the barrel. A lot of noise from the explosion escapes through these gaps when a revolver is fired. Then again, on one occasion, it does make the sound of an un-silenced gun, so perhaps the filmmakers were acknowledging that the silencer would not work. See more »

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Pick-up Guy: [sitting at the counter inside the Tarasco Bar] This reminds me of a joke. This guy comes into a bar, walks up to the bartender. Says, "Bartender, I got me a bet for you. I'm gonna bet you $300 that I can piss into that glass over there and not spill a single, solitary drop." The bartender looks. I mean, we're talking, like, this glass is like a good ten feet away. He says, "Now wait, let me get this strait. You're tryin' to tell me you'll bet me $300 that you can piss, standing over here, way ...
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The best all-round film of the three...
20 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

After watching El Mariachi, it was easy to see the improvement in production values between the two. Not surprising, considering the difference in the price tag of the two films. But, as I pointed out in my El Mariachi review, money isn't everything.

Although better visually, Desperado benefits from better actors who bring more life to the characters. The overall effect, given another reasonable plot, is to make a much more polished looking film that deservedly did as well as it did at the box office.

The aforementioned plot is, essentially, the same as the first film when you boil it down - the Mariachi ends up killing a lot of no-good drug-dealers and warlords etc. - and there's the obligatory love interest. But although very similar, this movie was more enjoyable due to it's overall finish and style.

I originally watched this movie some years ago, long before I got to see the original El Mariachi, so I suppose I am a little biased in preferring this one to the the first in that Banderas IS the Mariachi as far as I was concerned. But not to knock the first movie, which tells us the early history of the Mariachi, and is a worthy film in its own right.

Desperado is good, if sometimes a little gory, fun. Nothing to analyse too much, just enjoy. If you have the opportunity, watch the original, then this one and things will make a lot more sense. Desperado has enough back history woven into it to make it a standalone film, but the overall experience is better watching the two back to back.


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