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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
Aug 25, 1995 Wide
Jun 25, 1997
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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Rodriguez's second feature may be a rambling, derivative exercise in gratuitous violence, but its determination to proceed as if the word 'restraint' never existed makes for gleeful entertainment.
Mr. Rodriguez may be good enough to make a film about anything, but Desperado would collapse if its characters had to do anything but play with guns.
What Rodriguez has essentially done in Desperado is make a slicker, more expensive copy of what came before. And what looked promising for $7,000 looks tiresome for a whole lot more.
The routine gets tiresome for the Mariachi, and for the audience, too, after about an hour.
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.
Rodriguez's follow-up is unquestionably formulaic but mercifully free of the flat dialogue and arch one-liners that undermine so many action films.
A slicker, more expensive version than El Mariach, except that what was promising and charming for $7,000 now looks tiresome and repetitious for $7 million
Desperado has merit as a guilty pleasure, but when the violence and action grow tiresome, the film has nothing to hang its hat on.
Slick, funny and exciting, but falls apart in the end.
A zesty action thriller that recycles the best of the B genres and rolls them into a big-budget, pistol-packing extravaganza that in its best moments leaves you breathless with wonder.
Brilliantly made, if not especially deep, actioneer with nice cast.
I love Rodriguez' style, and his film is always fun. Too bad he didn't bother giving his story and characters more depth.
Many characters and situations are repetitive and the film is overlong, and at times even boring.
Banderas oozes sexual charisma and strength, and the supporting cast is strong all around, especially a wily Steve Buscemi as the Mariachi's friend.
If Rodriguez is still stumbling forward, finding his way, at least he's got panache and character. Sometimes, that is enough.
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- El Mariachi: But I told you already. I'm a musician. This is my guitar.
- El Mariachi: Carolina, did I thank you?
- Carolina: No.
- El Mariachi: I will.
- Buscemi: So, I'm sitting there, and in walks the biggest Mexican I have ever seen.
- Pick-up Guy: Is that goin' on right now?
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