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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Carlos Gallardo
Consuelo Gomez
Reinol Martinez
Directors
Robert Rodriguez
Screenwriters
Robert Rodriguez
Running Time
81 minutes

El Mariachi
Before Desperado, there was El Mariachi.


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Plot
A new guitar player (Gallardo) comes to town to play his music but is somehow mistaken for a hitman, another recent arrival. The mariachi then stumbles across the local bar and in turn the beautiful bar-owner, who takes him in, unaware the gangsters are after the wrong man.


Verdict
With Rodriguez at the helm, being shot on a tiny budget was never going to stop El Mariachi setting the screen alight. At the beginning of his trilogy, Rodriguez was at his peak, with guns a blazing, paving the way for the more mainstream Desperado and unsatisfying Once Upon A Time In Mexico.


Reviewed by Mark Salisbury

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