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2 - PAL - Europe (NOR)

Desperado

Studio Columbia Tristar Alt Title Desperado
Distributed by Egmont Director(s) Robert Rodriguez
Running Time 100.mins Producer(s) Robert Rodriguez, Bill Borden
Prod. Year 1995 Composer(s) Los Lobos
Genre(s) Action Writer(s) Robert Rodriguez
Screen Format WideScreen 1:85:1 Anamorphic Prod.Design Cecilia Montiel
Sound Format(s) DD 5.1 Sound Dean Beville
Layer DVD-5
2 Sides
Actors - Antonio Banderas
- Steve Buscemi
- Salma Hayek
- Quentin Tarantino
- Joaquim de Almeida
Case Type Keep Case (Amaray) DVD Extras: - Director's Commentary Track
- Filmographies
- Music Videos
- Trailer
- 10 Minutes with Shootouts
IMDB Rating 6.6 DVD-ROM None
Reviewed 22/8-2000 MPAA Rating 15
Released 8/9-1999 UPC 708758991005
IMDB Link 0112851 Comments Added 14-July-2000

Review 1 - 22/8-2000

The whole thing starts when the mariachi comes to town looking for work. Heís a peaceful kinda guy, who just wants to be a guitarplayer like his old man. Sadly, heís mistaken for an evil hitman offing the compadres of the local druglord. He narrowly escapes their vengeance and shacks up with a kindhearted female barowner. Naturally, both the killer and the druglord are on his case and he canít hide forever, eventually our poor hero has to fight back.

Thatís basically the plot of Robert Rodriguezís debut feature and, yes, itís pure western mythology. The story can hardly be called original, but that doesnít mean "El Mariachi" is a bad movie.

It should have been though. Rodriguez made it on a measly budget of $7000 and a bit of help from his pals. It is a veritable kick in the ass of some of the Hollywood megabudget glitterati.

It might not look like a multimillion dollar movie, but the looks certainly betray itís budget. Much of the genius of Rodriguez is that he hasnít spent his money on expensive explosions, but instead tried to make it look cool. There is a lot of posturing with guns, dimly lit bars and barren deserts. Coolness just canít be bought.

Infact the economic action underlines the cool, you can feel the heat and the dust, and it doesnít feel like something they put together on a Hollywood backlot. When you add the western motif of the loner up against enormous odds, you just canít lose, can you?

It might not be for those who are used to standard Hollywood fare, but those who grew up on B-movies and old westerns will see the greatness of "El Mariachi"

Ove Ekerbakke

 

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2 - PAL - Europe (NOR)

El Mariachi

Studio Columbia Tristar Alt Title El Mariachi
Distributed by Egmont Director(s) Robert Rodriguez
Running Time 79.mins Producer(s) Robert Rodriguez, Carlos Gallardo
Prod. Year 1993 Composer(s) Misc
Genre(s) Action Writer(s) Robert Rodriguez
Screen Format WideScreen 1:85:1 Anamorphic Prod.Design N/A
Sound Format(s) DD 2.0 Sound Robert Rodriguez
Layer DVD-5
2 Sides
Actors - Carlos Gallardo
- Consuelo Gomez
Case Type Keep Case (Amaray) DVD Extras: - Director's Commentary Track
- Filmographies
- Trailer
- 10 Minutes Film School
- Short Movie: Bedhead
IMDB Rating 7.1 DVD-ROM None
Reviewed 22/8-2000 MPAA Rating 15
Released 8/9-1999 UPC 708758991005
IMDB Link 0104815 Comments Added 14-July-2000

Review 1 - 22/8-2000

After the unexpected success of "El Mariachi" Robert Rodriguez suddenly became one of the hottest properties of Hollywood. Quentin Tarantino became one of his best pals and a studio decided to give him the money to make a sequel to "El Mariachi". Thanks to this doe Rodriguez could make "Desperado".

Though, he had money in his purse the director hasnít forgotten his B-movie roots.

He did, however, opt to get in another set of actors. Instead of his pals we now meet people like Steve Buscemi, Quentin Tarantino and Salma Hayek in a star making part. Antonio Banderas, whose biggest claim to fame at the time was to turn down Madonna, is El Mariachi.

The story, however, is basically the same as the first film. The guitarplayer returns looking for revenge. The badguys injured his playing arm and now heís mighty pissed off.

Like the first film there is a lot of shooting and posturing and he does get help from a beautiful woman (Hayek) to do the whol thing. Like the first film itís not the story that captivates, but the great action scenes, who have the trademark cool of the Tarantino/Rodriguez combination.

The western influences are still all around, but now they are mixed with the cartoon violence of Hong Kong movies. If You want to label it might be John Ford meets John Woo.

Itís cool, itís good looking and itís pretty damn shallow, which makes it a fun way to spend a couple of hours.

Ove Ekerbakke