• Desperado (1995)


Release Date: August 25th, 1995

DVD Release Date: June 24th, 1997

R |1 hr 43 min

Plot Summary

Mariachi (Antonio Banderas) plunges headfirst into the dark border underworld when he follows a trail of blood to the last of the infamous Mexican drug lords, Bucho (Joaquim de Almeida), for an action-packed, bullet-riddled showdown. With the help of his best friend (Steve Buscemi) and a beautiful bookstore owner (Salma Hayek), the Mariachi tracks Bucho, takes on his army of desperados, and leaves a trail of blood of his own.

Cast: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Joaquim de Almeida, Cheech Marin, Steve Buscemi, Carlos Gomez, Quentin Tarantino, Tito Larriva

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Genres: Action

Production Co: Columbia Pictures Corporation

Distributors: Columbia Pictures

Keywords: Murder, Quest, Love, Gritty, 1990s, Revenge

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    The stunts dazzle until you miss the low-key charm and cost-conscious inventiveness of the original. Desperado is best when Rodriguez lets his playful side cut through the blare of a born filmmaker indulging his first chance at high-end Hollywood fireworks. show more

  • 63
    San Francisco Examiner

    During this movie, every few moments the theater fills with the appreciative guffaws of 18-year-old young men. How old are you? show more

  • 100
    Rick GroenThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Take nothing seriously - not the action, not the gore, not the plot, not the theme. Instead, view Desperado as it's meant to be seen - a comedy - and you're in for an unalloyed treat; heck, you're in for one of the funniest flicks of the year. show more

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