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Rated R · 97 minutes · 2003
Following a suggestion from Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez turned this third El mariachi installment (2003) into an homage to Sergio Leone. The result is a dull and campy bloodbath offering little distinction between good guys and bad, on the basis either of character (Willem Dafoe's cartel boss, Johnny Depp's CIA agent) or of screen persona (Cheech Marin, Mickey Rourke, Ruben Blades). The only exception is the guitar-slinging hero (Antonio Banderas), more icon than character as he avenges the murder of his wife (Salma Hayek). Rodriguez shot this in seven weeks with a newly developed DV camera, which might have been impressive if the results meant anything. But the editing is strictly MTV and the storytelling so confusing that I kept longing for the focused austerity of his 1993 debut El mariachi.
Official Site: www.sonypictures.com/movies/onceuponatimeinmexico
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Writer: Robert Rodriguez
Producer: Robert Rodriguez, Elizabeth Avellan and Carlos Gallardo
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Johnny Depp, Mickey Rourke, Eva Mendes, Danny Trejo, Enrique Iglesias, Marco Leonardi, Cheech Marin, Ruben Blades, Willem Dafoe, Gerardo Vigil and Pedro Armendáriz Jr.

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