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Synopsis

Director Robert Rodriguez picks up where his successful independent debut El Mariachi left off with this slam-bang South of the Border action saga. Bucho (Joaquim DeAlmeida) is a wealthy but casually bloodthirsty drug kingpin who rules a seedy Mexican border town. Bucho and his men make the mistake of angering El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas), a former musician who now carries an arsenal in his guitar case. Bucho was responsible for the death of El Mariachi's girlfriend and put a bullet through his fretting hand, making him unable to play the guitar. Bent on revenge, the musician-turned-killing machine arrives in town to put Bucho out of business, though he finds few allies except for Carolina (Salma Hayek), who runs a bookstore that doesn't seem to attract many readers. Desperado features supporting performances from Cheech Marin as a cynical bartender, Steve Buscemi as the cantina patron who sets up the story, and Quentin Tarantino as a man with a really terrible joke to tell.~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

Cast

  • Antonio Banderas
  • Salma Hayek
  • Joaquim de Almeida
  • Cheech Marin
  • Steve Buscemi
  • Carlos Gómez
  • Quentin Tarantino
  • Tito Larriva
  • Angel Aviles
  • Danny Trejo

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Director Robert Rodriguez said in his DVD commentary that the day they shot Salma Hayek's love scene with Antonio Banderas, the entire crew showed up to see it. He continued, saying that apart from the actors only he and the script supervisor were in the room.
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Goofs

  • As the new guy is shooting down the knife thrower, the last 2 shots are heard, however the gun looks empty and with the slide open.
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Quotes

    • [from behind the counter]
    • Short Bartender: ¡Matalo!
    • [kill him]
    • El Mariachi: Not yet.
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Metacritic

100

Take nothing seriously - not the action, not the gore, not the plot, not the theme. Instead, view Desperado as it's meant to be seen - a comedy - and you're in for an unalloyed treat; heck, you're in for one of the funniest flicks of the year.

Metacritic review by Rick Groen
Rick Groen
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
75

The stunts dazzle until you miss the low-key charm and cost-conscious inventiveness of the original. Desperado is best when Rodriguez lets his playful side cut through the blare of a born filmmaker indulging his first chance at high-end Hollywood fireworks.

Metacritic review by Peter Travers
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone