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Once Upon a Time in Mexico Movie

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Robert Rodriguez returns with the mythic guitar-slinging hero, El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas), in the final installment of the Mariachi/Desperado trilogy. The saga continues as El Mariachi makes his way across a rugged landscape on the blood trail of Barrillo (Willem Dafoe), a cartel kingpin with one last score to settle who is planning a coup d’etat against the president of Mexico. Enlisted by Sands (Johnny Depp), a corrupt CIA agent, El Mariachi demands retribution, and the adventure begins against a backdrop of revolution, greed, and revenge.

Johnny Depp fresh off the accolades from Pirates of the Caribbean shows us why he is one of Hollywood's leading men. Depp's portrayal of Agent Sands is dead on and creates an interesting subplot involving greed and lust. Very similar to the previous films in the trilogy the movie utilizes simple, but innovative weapons. For instance, Johnny Depp has a third hand which allows him to carry a gun without being noticed. El Mariachi still has his signature guitar, but also uses any other weapon which presents itself along the way. 

Usually when sequels assemble an all-star cast, it usually means the storyline for the movie is not up to par, but this is far from the truth for this Robert Rodriguez flick. The depth of the characters in this movie present a unique challenge for Rodriguez in that they detract from the storyline. For most of the movie you forget if the main plot is the overthrowing of the Mexican government, Depp's plan to install a new government and walking away with millions, or El Mariachi's thirst for revenge.

Newcomers, who have not seen (El Mariachi and Desperado) will find themselves a little lost in all the chaos and unable to grasp the nostalgic elements in this last installment of the trilogy.

Fortunately, for Rodriguez this film franchise has a cult following who have fallen in love with El Mariachi and Carolina. For movie-goers who have seen Desperado and maybe even El Mariachi, they will be absolutely nostalgic by Antonio Banderas' performance and entertained by the subplots with an all-star cast.

In the summer of sequels where movies have been dumbed-down to potentially earn larger revenues at the box office, Once Upon a Time in Mexico rewards true fans of the film franchise by giving them an electrifying shootout, El Mariachi-style.

See this movie if you're a fan of:

Desparado (1995)

El Mariachi (1992)

Robert Rodriguez (Director, Spy Kids, El Mariachi, Desparado)

Johnny Depp (Actor, Pirates of the Caribbean, Edward Scissorhands)

Antonio Banderas (Actor, Mask of Zorro, Pancho Villa, Spy Kids, Desparado)

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Box Office Info:

Antonio Banderas (as El Mariachi)
Salma Hayek (as Carolina)
Johnny Depp (as CIA Agent Sands)
Rubén Blades (as Jorge)
Eva Mendes (as Special Agent Ajedrez)
Willem Dafoe (as Barillo)
Mickey Rourke (as Billy)

Directed By: Robert Rodriguez
Written By: Robert Rodriguez
Produced By: Columbia Pictures

Release Date (US): September 12, 2003

Length of Movie: 1h 41min

MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong violence, and for language

Budget: $30,000,000

Opening Weekend: $24,000,000

Once Upon a Time in Mexico Soundtrack

Once Upon a Time in Mexico Soundtrack
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1. Malaguena - Brian Setzer
2. Guitar Town
3. Traeme Paz - Patricia Vanne
4. El Mariachi
5. Yo Te Quiero - Marcos Loya
6. Church Shootout
7. Pistolero - Juno Reactor
8. Eye Patch
9. Me Gustas Tu - Manu Chao
10. Sands Theme - Johnny Depp And Friends
11. Dias De Los Angeles - Del Castillo
12. Mariachi Vs. Marquez
13. Flor De Mal - Tito Larriva
14. Man With No Eyes, The
15. Chicle Boy
16. Coup De Etat
17. Siente Mi Amour - Salma Hayek
18. Cuka Rocka - Chingon (bonus track)

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