El Mariachi

Directors : Robert Rodriguez

Synopsis :

El Mariachi just wants to play his guitar and carry on the family tradition. Unfortunately, the town he tries to find work in has another visitor...a killer who carries his guns in a guitar case. The drug lord and his henchmen mistake El Mariachi for the killer, Azul, and chase him around town trying to kill him and get his guitar case.

Our View :

With a clever wit and inventive camerawork, shot on a shoestring for less than $10k, it was clear from this first feature that we had an exciting new filmmaker to celebrate. Selected filmography: Spy Kids, Sin City.

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