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 his fretting hand, making him unable to play the guitar. Bent on revenge, the musician-turned-killing machine arrives in town to put Bucho out of business, though he finds few allies except for Carolina (Salma Hayek), who runs a bookstore that doesn't seem to attract many readers. Desperado features supporting performances from Cheech Marin as a cynical bartender, Steve Buscemi as the cantina patron who sets up the story, and Quentin Tarantino as a man with a really terrible joke to tell.
- MPAA Rating: R
- Genre(s): Drama,Action
- Run Time: 103min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 08/25/1995
- DVD Release Date: 06/24/1997
Joaquim de Almeida
- Themes: Mistaken Identities,Lone Wolves
- Tone: Gritty,Tense,Earthy,Sensual,Stylized,Rousing,Visceral
death, drug-dealer, drugs, girlfriend, bad-guy, family-member, good-guy, gunfighter, love, revenge, smuggling
- Language: English