The Mexican

2001, Drama/Adventure, 2h 3m

133 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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Though The Mexican makes a good attempt at originality, its ponderous length makes it wear out its welcome. Also, those looking forward to seeing Roberts and Pitt paired up may end up disappointed, as they are kept apart for most of the movie. Read critic reviews

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Brad Pitt stars as Jerry Welbach, a reluctant bagman, who has been given two ultimatums: The first is from his mob boss to travel to Mexico and retrieve a priceless antique pistol, known as "the Mexican"... or suffer the consequences. The second is from his girlfriend Samantha (Julia Roberts) to end his association with the mob. Jerry figures alive and in trouble with Samantha is better than the more permanent alternative, so he heads south of the border.

Cast & Crew

Brad Pitt
Jerry Welbach
Julia Roberts
Samantha Barzel
Sherman Augustus
Well Dressed Black Man
Gene Hackman
Arnold Margolese
Alan Cianguerotti
Gunsmith's Assistant
Melisa Romero
Gunsmith's Daughter
Jeremy Roberts
Bobby Victory
Jorge Malpica
Mexican Gas Station Clerk
William Tyrer
Executive Producer
Chris J. Ball
Executive Producer
Aaron Ryder
Executive Producer
J.H. Wyman
Executive Producer
Alan Silvestri
Original Music
Dariusz Wolski
Cinematographer
Craig Wood
Film Editor
Cecilia Montiel
Production Designer
Michael Atwell
Art Direction
Sandra Cabriada
Set Decoration
Colleen Atwood
Costume Designer
Randy Westgate
Key Makeup Artist
Steph Benseman
Unit Production Manager
Paul Hellerman
Unit Production Manager
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Audience Reviews for The Mexican

  • Nov 29, 2011
    I don't exactly see where the animosity for this film came from. I enjoyed it. So what if Pitt and Roberts were kept apart for most of the film? Does it really matter that much? Does it make the film terrible? No, not at all.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Aug 16, 2011
    I don't exactly see where the animosity for this film came from. I enjoyed it. So what if Pitt and Roberts were kept apart for most of the film? Does it really matter that much? Does it make the film terrible? No, not at all.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Jun 17, 2011
    The story centres around a guy who, by misfortune, works for organised crime. His last job for them is to collect an antique gun from a guy in a bar in Mexico. His girlfriend, none too pleased with his trip to Mexico, dumps him before he leaves. What follows is a mixture of comedy, caper movie and a vicious satire on relationship therapy culture. Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts are excellent in their roles, particularly Pitt, who manages to give his character no cool or clue. James Gandolfini steals the show as a sensitive hitman who doesn't want to be "defined" by what he does. While parts of the film are hilarious there are dark moments in there too. While The Mexican isn't quite as good as say "American Beauty", it is pitched at the same level, treading the lines between straight comedy, satire and meaning-of-life navel contemplation.
    Mouhannad S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 22, 2011
    The movie slides off of its genre's beat a fair bit, but still deviates to some small cliches and isn't quite the tightest-edited. In spite of this, the film is still fairly clever, reasonably well-acted, entertaingly scored and very funny. As for these two stories, they have a fair balance and are both equally entertaining and strong in their casts and plots, keeping me from feeling disappoinment when they left me hanging on for the other story, but rather excited about them both. Of course, it does come to a bit more of a serious final act that does draw to a pretty solid conclusion. At the end of the day, "The Mexican" has its flaws, but is still a very entertaining and cool little flick I had a great time with.
    Cameron J Super Reviewer

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