All he wants is to be is a mariachi, like his father, his grandfather and his great grandfather before him. But the town he thinks will bring him luck brings only a curse of deadly mistaken identity. Forced to trade his guitar for a gun, the mariachi is playing for his life in this critically-acclaimed film debut from director Robert Rodriguez. Financed with earnings from a month-long stay in a research hospital, this astonishing action adventure was shot with no second takes, using borrowed equipment and a talented cast of unknowns. The riveting result is a wild bullet-dodging ride through aworld of bandido violence, from the suspense of the opening shoot-out to the tragedy of the unexpected conclusion.
Won: Audience Award, 1993 Sundance Film Festival; Best First Feature, 1994 Independent Spirit Awards; Audience Award, 1993 Deauville Film Festival
An enormously entertaining movie.