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The third and final film of the El Mariachi trilogy.

Starring Antonio Banderas, Johnny Depp, Willem DaFoe, Michey Rourke, Salma Hayek
Directed by Robert Rodriguez
Written by Robert Rodriguez
2003

Product Description
Robert Rodriguez returns with the mythic guitar-singing hero, El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas), in the third installment of the El Mariachi/Desperado trilogy. The saga continues as El Mariachi makes his way across a rugged landscape on the trail of Barrillo (Willem Dafoe), a kingpin who is planning a coup against the president of Mexico. Enlisted by Sands (Johnny Depp), a corrupt CIA agent, El Mariachi demands retribution, and the adventure begins. The character, made famous by Banderas, remains a slinger of guitars and guns, a tragic and bloodied hero, but a survivor forever.

DVD features
It's obvious that Robert Rodriguez has as much fun putting together a DVD as he does making a film. Start with his rapid-fire commentary track in which he spills forth everything from his overview of the Mariachi series to how he partly wanted to make the film just so he could use high-def cameras after he saw footage from Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Then listen to the score and sound effects in full bloom on the isolated track, supplemented by Rodriguez sharing stories, identifying themes, and playing demos. His comments are intermittent, but he tells you where to skip to if you just want to listen to him. His "Ten Minute Flick School," continuing a feature from the first two films, is a terrific, fast-moving glance at the filmmaking process that's much more interesting than most making-of documentaries. Riffing on that theme, the "Ten Minute Cooking School" (OK, it's only six minutes) shows how to make the slow-roasted pork dish that Johnny Depp's character loves. Picture and sound quality are very good, though not up to the high standards set by the Superbit version of Desperado. --David Horiuchi
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CastAntonio Banderas, Willem Dafoe, Johnny Depp, Salma Hayek, Julio Oscar Mechoso, Danny Trejo, Eva Mendes, Mickey Rourke, Cheech Marin, Marco Leonardi, Rubén Blades, Gerardo Vigil, Tito Larriva
DirectorRobert Rodriguez
Genre:  Action, Adventure, Western
Release Date:  12 September 2003
MPAA Rating:  R
Screen WriterRobert Rodriguez
DVD Release Date:  January 20, 2004
Runtime:  102 min
Studio:  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Dimension Films
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Quick Tip by . January 16, 2011
Stacked cast, good action, highly underrated would watch again
review by . June 11, 2009
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Once Upon a Time in Mexico is one of those very odd movies that I love for a ton of reasons, most of which really have nothing to do with the movie itself. It took me forever to actually sit down and watch this third entry (actually the forth if you count the fact that the third will probably never be filmed) in the Mariachi trilogy after missing it's initial run in theaters. It had been on the Netflix queue for ages and I'd heard nothing good about it from friends so it actually ended up arriving …
review by . March 19, 2009
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How does one go about describing a movie so rarely ideal in every way? Well, I'll do the best I can. 'Once Upon A Time In Mexico' is a fun movie. It's "over-the-top" action is entertaining and sometimes humorous. Johnny Depp as Sands has gone over-the-top with his character also, a US agent (CIA?) infiltrating the Mexican cartels. (Rumor has it that Depp picked out his own dorky costumes for the role) He wants someone to kill Marquez, because Marquez is planning to kill the president, so he meets …
review by . May 17, 2009
Once Upon a Time in Mexico is the final film in the EL MARIACHI series. The fugitive couple from the last film (Salma Hayek and Antonio Banderas) are still on the run from the criminals who've survived their last gun battle. We finally learn who's behind all of the EL Mariachi's troubles. Will he and his bride ever find peace and solace in the desert towns of Mexico? Can they ever settle down and raise a family? You'll find the questions to these answers and more when you watch ONCE UPON A TIME …
review by . October 16, 2005
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Pros: See Review     Cons: See Review     The Bottom Line: My recommendation: sit this one out!      Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. Okay, I’ll admit it, the first time I saw Once Upon a Time in Mexico I turned the movie off half-way through because it was, well, boring despite all of the bullets whizzing through the dusty, arid Mexico City air. This was strange to me since I thoroughly enjoyed …
review by . January 21, 2004
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ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO is a hoot! Despite the fact that there is an incredible amount of violence, blood, explosions, and other forms of daring-do, Robert Rodriguez has such a good time galloping along on this adventure that it is difficult not to enjoy the ride. The sets and special effects are a terrific background for this hero adventure of El Mariachi, played to sheer perfection by Antonio Banderas. His sidekicks are the underused Marco Leonardi and Enrique Iglesias, the female pulcritude …
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