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5.0 out of 5 stars Raw, Fun , Better than sequel
I have just recently watched this movie having seen desperado years ago and not thought much of it I didn't expect to be as impressed with this movie. Unlike the Cheesy sequel and the absolutely terrible once upon a time in Mexico this movie is raw with enough action to satisfy. You could say that this film is Robert Rodriguez reservoir dogs has a low budget but by far...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bin it !
DVD won't play here in EIRE, and even if it did, it's in SPANISH ! So might as well put it in the bin.
Published 19 months ago by Mrs. Maree Millett


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw, Fun , Better than sequel, 12 May 2007
This review is from: Mariachi [DVD] [1993] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I have just recently watched this movie having seen desperado years ago and not thought much of it I didn't expect to be as impressed with this movie. Unlike the Cheesy sequel and the absolutely terrible once upon a time in Mexico this movie is raw with enough action to satisfy. You could say that this film is Robert Rodriguez reservoir dogs has a low budget but by far his best work and the leading actor does the job far better than Antonio banderros. Overall a completely different and superior film
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Such good fun!, 2 April 2004
This review is from: Mariachi [DVD] [1993] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Forget the ludicrous sequel (i.e. expensive American remake) - Robert Rodriguez was better when he didn't have a budget (or a studio) messing with his head.
This movie has great pace, it's clever, original, fun and totally engaging - and all for under US$7000!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a case of mistaken identity, 19 Dec 2005
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This is the original and arguably the best of the El Mariachi trilogy; director Robert Rodriguez was 23 years old when this film was born. It was made on a 4-figure budget ... but you wouldn't know. The acting, dialogue, cinematography and screenplay is inspired and challenges the Hollywood notion that the bigger the budget, the better the movie. Dissenting locals (newsreaders, police) were brought in as actors - and you would honestly give them credence as the real thing.
The film is both funny and poignant. Rodriguez draws on low-budget techniques such as action close-ups. The use of stark contrasts is what gives the film its power: the softness of the mariachi against the viciousness of the assassin, the humour against the violence, the daytime chase scenes against the nighttime lulls. And don't be put off by the English subtitles to the Spanish dialogue - this only adds to the ambience and authenticity.
It does have it's stumbling blocks, for example Rodriquez goes to another level by exploring the mariachi's dreams a couple of times, and I'm not too sure whether it works or even whether it's relevant, but at the very least it does serve to build on the perceived love interest which otherwise would be difficult to substantiate. And it does render the film reminiscent of spaghetti westerns and Sergio Leone classics - elsewhere a simple music chord and momentary facial expression back this up.
Although set in a small Mexican town in 'the present', one of the endearing qualities of the film is the naivety of the simple story line - it packs a punch.
This film does NOT star names like Banderas, Buscemi and Tarantino - CARLOS GALLARDO plays the lead (El Mariachi - the musician himself). The stars are the director's low paid friends and local people. The true star is Rodriquez for having the sense, wisdom, passion and vision to create film masterpieces such as this. Nice sharp images on dvd, but video seems to suit it better somehow.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic "prequel" to Desperado - raw, direct & compelling, 29 Jan 2001
This prequel to Desperado is fantastic .. it has energy and rawness that Hoolywood can not replicate. It cost pennies compared to Desperado the direction creates an incredible atmospehere.Banderas at his best.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bin it !, 24 Dec 2012
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This review is from: Mariachi [DVD] [1993] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
DVD won't play here in EIRE, and even if it did, it's in SPANISH ! So might as well put it in the bin.
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