82 mins
6.4 / 10 (1907)


Guitarist El Mariachi simply wants to wander through life as his father and grandfather did, with a song in his heart and a smile on his lips. He wanders into a small mob-run town, guitar case in hand. It so happens that the local criminal element is awaiting the arrival of vicious hit man Azul…

MUBI's take

With a mere $7000, 24-year-old Robert Rodriguez set out to make the ultimate action movie—both jump-starting his Hollywood career and proving (with a legendary origin story) that you don’t need money, just ingenuity and passion, to make exciting cinema. What came next? His big-budget remake!

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