The Mexican

March 2nd, 2001


The Mexican

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Brad Pitt Stars as JerryJulia Roberts stars as SamanthaBrad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston at event of The MexicanJerry is double-crossed by a car thief who is also after the priceless pistol known as The Mexican.James Gandolfini stars as Leroy, the hitmanJerry, sitting with his new friend, has lost his girlfriend, his car and the pitsol he came to retrieve

A man tries to transport an ancient gun called The Mexican, believed to carry a curse, back across the border, while his girlfriend pressures him to give up his criminal ways.

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 6.0/10 (49,446 voted)

Critic's Score: 43/100

Director: Gore Verbinski

Stars: Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, James Gandolfini

Jerry Welbach is given two ultimatums. His mob boss wants him to travel to Mexico to get a priceless antique pistol called "The Mexican" or he will suffer the consequences. The other ultimatum comes from his girlfriend Samantha, who wants him to end his association with the mob. Jerry figures that being alive, although in trouble with his girlfriend is the better alternative so he heads south of the border. Finding the pistol is easy but getting it home is a whole other matter. The pistol supposedly carries a curse - a curse Jerry is given every reason to believe, especially when Samantha is held hostage by the gay hit man Leroy to ensure the safe return of the pistol.

Brad Pitt - Jerry Welbach
Julia Roberts - Samantha Barzel
James Gandolfini - Winston Baldry
J.K. Simmons - Ted Slocum
Bob Balaban - Bernie Nayman
Sherman Augustus - Well Dressed Black Man
Michael Cerveris - Frank
Richard Coca - Car Thief #1
David Krumholtz - Beck
Castulo Guerra - Joe the Pawnshop Owner
Mayra Serbulo - Emanuelle (as Maira Serbulo)
Salvador Sánchez - Gunsmith
Alan Ciangherotti - Gunsmith's Assistant (as Alan Cianguerotti)
Melisa Romero - Gunsmith's Daughter
Ernesto Gómez Cruz - Tropillo

Taglines: love with the safety off


Official Website: Dreamworks SKG |

Release Date: 2 March 2001

Filming Locations: Belz Factory Outlet Mall - 7400 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $34,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $20,108,829 (USA) (4 March 2001) (2951 Screens)

Gross: $147,845,033 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Despite the fact that this was filmed in Super 35, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits.

Continuity: When Sam is throwing stuff from the balcony, Jerry is standing in shadow in one shot, but in bright sunshine in every other.

Samantha: All right. Jerry, I want you to acknowledge that my needs means nothing to you and you're a selfish prick and a liar.
Jerry: Oh, my God!
Samantha: Jerry, acknowledge.
Jerry: I... Ok. I will acknowledge that I promised to go to Vegas with you. But now we're just slightly delayed. If you want to construe my wanting to stay alive as being selfish, well, then okay. But I have every intention of going with you because your needs are very important to me, sweetheart. Come on. Look at my all my stuff here, all over the pavement. Come on, baby? Huh? What do you say? Ok?

User Review

I had a very good time watching this movie

Rating: 8/10

Personally I had a very good time watching this movie, but it seems like I'm one of the few. I don't know why, but the voters on this website always seem to hate comedies if they aren't from the hand of some cult-director. Does a movie always have to be a great drama or an exciting thriller? Not if you ask me, but I'm only one of many over here of course.

It's true, the movie is a little chaotic from time to time. It isn't an overproduced Hollywood movie that takes itself too serious and that's exactly where its charm is in it for me. I loved to see Brad Pitt as the clumsy criminal who always is able to do something wrong. The same for Julia Roberts as his hysterical girlfriend and James Gandolfini as the gay hit man who has kidnapped her.

I know, it's not done to say that you liked to see Julia Roberts play a certain role and Brad Pitt can never be good as a comical actor... Well, perhaps it is time for some people to broaden their minds. Don't believe what everybody says, watch it for yourself and form your own opinion. I liked it and I give it an 8/10.


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