August 25th, 1995



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Still of Antonio Banderas and Carlos Gallardo in DesperadoStill of Quentin Tarantino in DesperadoStill of Antonio Banderas in DesperadoStill of Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek in DesperadoStill of Robert Rodriguez in DesperadoStill of Quentin Tarantino in Desperado

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

Release Year: 1995

Rating: 7.1/10 (71,589 voted)

Critic's Score: 55/100

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Stars: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Joaquim de Almeida

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.

Antonio Banderas - El Mariachi
Salma Hayek - Carolina
Joaquim de Almeida - Bucho
Cheech Marin - Short Bartender
Steve Buscemi - Buscemi
Carlos Gómez - Right Hand (as Carlos Gomez)
Quentin Tarantino - Pick-up Guy
Tito Larriva - Tavo
Angel Aviles - Zamira
Danny Trejo - Navajas
Abraham Verduzco - Niño
Carlos Gallardo - Campa
Albert Michel Jr. - Quino
David Alvarado - Buddy
Angela Lanza - Tourist Girl

Taglines: The explosive new film from Robert Rodriguez

Release Date: 25 August 1995

Filming Locations: Ciudad Acuña, Coahuíla, Mexico

Box Office Details

Budget: $7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $25,625,110 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The huge black handgun that is seen throughout the movie (used by the bad guys) is a Desert Eagle .50AE pistol.

Factual errors: During the library shoot-out, the Mariachi's shotgun - a weapon that can only hold two cartridges at a time - is fired five times without reloading.

El Mariachi: Suddenly you're my big brother.
Buscemi: Well I do feel some responsibility for you, yeah.

User Review

Extremely likable action movie.

Rating: 9/10

Sharp knives, big guns, awesome fights, great dialog, wonderful characters and Selma Hayek looks better then ever. These are just a few reasons why I like this movie.

"Desperado" is more than an action movie. It has tons of fun in it which makes the movie extremely likable to watch. The action is way over the top but it works very well since the movie obviously doesn't take itself serious. It's fun and cool to watch at the same time.

"Desperado" is a kind of movie that really needs no story and basically there isn't really any. All the fun characters, dialog and action sequences make you forget that there isn't really a story. The Quentin Tarantino cameo is especially entertaining and so are almost every Mexican bad guy that are all in one way or another over the top.

A must see, in my opinion.



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