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1[[quoteright:307:]]²[[caption-width-right:300: He came back to settle the score with someone. Anyone. EVERYONE.]]²²->''"So, I'm sitting there...and in walks the biggest Mexican I have ever seen. Big as shit. Just walks right in like he owns the place. Now, nobody knew quite what to make of him, or quite what to think. There he was and in he walked. He was dark, too. I don't mean dark-skinned. No, this was different. It was as if he was always walking in a shadow. I mean every step he took towards the light, just when you thought his face was about to be wasn't. It was as if the lights...dimmed...just for him."''²-->-- '''Buscemi''', about El Mariachi ²²''Desperado'' (1995), a.k.a. ''Pistolero'' in Spanish, is an action thriller film starring Creator/AntonioBanderas. It is the second movie in Creator/RobertRodriguez's ''Mexico'' or ''Mariachi'' Trilogy , following ''Film/ElMariachi'' and followed by ''Film/OnceUponATimeInMexico''. Has the interesting distinction of being one of very few sequels to be in an entirely different language from the first movie.²²Our NoNameGiven Protagonist, El Mariachi, has lost his love and put down her killer. Ever since losing her, however, he has changed. No longer the innocent who just wanted to play his guitar and get by, he has made a transformation into a hard, vengeance-driven gunslinger who has made the cartel that Moco worked for his enemy; and is seeking out the cartel's boss, who goes by the name of Bucho, so that he can finish the job. Unfortunately for El Mariachi, he'll have to use every gun in his guitar case against {{Mooks}} in seedy bars, thugs after his life, a knife throwing assassin, to do it. And all of this while keeping Carolina (Creator/SalmaHayek), his new love interest, friend and informant, and random bystanders alive.²²Not to be confused with ''VideoGame/{{Desperados}}'' or the Music/{{Eagles}} album ''Desperado'' and its title track.²----²!! This movie contains examples of:²* TenMinuteRetirement: El, twice.²* AnachronismStew: As El Mariachi walks into town, we have a shot of a horse-drawn taxi trotting down the street ahead of a modern tractor-trailer.²* BadassSpaniard: El Mariachi.²* BadGuyBar: The Oro Verde and Tarasco bars, both of which were hangouts for members of Bucho's gang, and both of which get a rather violent housecleaning by El Mariachi.²* BareYourMidriff: Carolina.²* BeigeProse: "It was as though the lights dimmed just for him."²* BigBudgetBeefUp: It has a ''significantly'' higher budget ($7 million) than ''Film/ElMariachi'' did ($7 thousand), and it shows.²* BlastOut²* BlownAcrossTheRoom: Mariachi does this all the time, either with his shotguns or with GunsAkimbo.²* BottomlessMagazines: Averted. Near the end of the bar shootout, Mariachi and one of the nameless thugs need a few tries to find a gun that isn't out of ammo.²* CainAndAbel: [[spoiler:It is revealed when Mariachi and Bucho finally face off that they are brothers]].²* CaptainObvious: When the goons at the bar [[ItMakesSenseInContext confront El Mariachi about the guitar case]], he invokes this: "What is that?" "My guitar case." "What's in it?" "...My ''guitar''...?" It's a CallBack to the first movie, where the exchange involves a different character.²* ChekhovsGunman: Campa and Quino, the two mariachis that El calls in for backup during the final act, appear as his band in the film's opening credits. Navajas can also be seen [[KnifeNut flipping a knife in his hand]] in the background early on when the last guy from the Tarasco bar is stalking El down the street.²* {{Confessional}}: ²** Mariachi is a good Catholic, so he goes to confession after cleaning out Tarasco in the bloodiest shootout in the entire film:²-->'''Mariachi:''' Bless me Father, for I have just killed quite a few men.²-->'''Buscemi:''' No shit!²** It also gets {{Lampshaded}} a bit later, when the actual priest comes up to El Mariachi.²-->'''Priest:''' Would you like to come to confession, my son?²-->'''Mariachi:''' Maybe later, father; because where I am going, I would just have to come right back.²* CripplingTheCompetition: In the backstory shown in ''Desperado'', the Mariachi received a hand wound that ruins him as a guitar player. However, it doesn't do anything to imapair his later ImprobableAimingSkills as a gunfighter. ²* DeathByCameo: Quentin Tarantino is executed quickly. Well, okay, he tells the long version of an old joke and does a lot of other pointless stuff, too.²* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler: El kills Bucho but it's not explained how he and Carolina escape because everything fades to white. This is because the entire final shootout, which would have had El and Carolina blast through Bucho's entire gang, was cut from the movie.]]²* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: Seriously, the first half hour is just "Guys telling stories in bars: The movie."²* DistractedByTheSexy: Carolina's introduction. Hey, it's Salma Hayek, they have an excuse. Judging by her reaction to the car crash, it's not the first time that's happened. This led to a meta example when she and Antonio Banderas filmed their sex scene and the ''entire crew'' came to watch.²* DrinkOrder: El Mariachi drinks soda. This is probably for the best, since the bar only serves [[ATankardOfMooseUrine "piss-warm Chango."]]²* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: A variation: He ''used'' to be a Mariachi, but now is a hitman with a guitar case full of guns.²* FadeToWhite: Used in the climax.²* FlashbackWithTheOtherDarrin: A scene from the end of the original ''Film/ElMariachi'' is reprised at the beginning of ''Desperado'', with Banderas in the role instead of Carlos Gallardo. It's fairly convincing.²* GangInitiationFight: When Bucho's dragon says that his nephew is trying to get into the gang, Bucho throws the nephew into a savage initiation fight.²* GodzillaThreshold: El is hesitant to call in Campa and Quino to help, because the two of them would [[TheresNoKillLikeOverkill likely destroy the whole town.]]²* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: The movie has an extended, passionate love scene -- one of the hottest in mainstream cinema -- between El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas!) and Carolina ([[HelloNurse Salma Hayek!]]). Cut to the villain Bucho lying on his bed, smoking a cigar and looking bored while a prostitute bounces up and down on him. Then she kisses him and he blows smoke into her mouth, sending her into a coughing fit.²* GunsAkimbo: The Mariachi uses dual Ruger KP90s to clean out the Tarasco Bar and to [[spoiler:kill his brother]].²* TheGunslinger: El Mariachi is Type C, with undertones of Type A.²* HarbingerOfImpendingDoom: Subverted: Buscemi trolls the same story of El's massacre of a BadGuyBar to shady bars in different towns, and gauges the patrons' reactions. Annoyed disinterest in an annoying stranger's rambling? Move on to the next one. MassOhCrap from legitimately bad guys? Call in [[TheDreaded El]].²* HeroicBSOD: After Bucho's men burn down Carolina's bookstore, Bucho himself turns up at the scene; El winds up with a perfect chance to snipe him from a nearby rooftop, but suffers a BSOD when he sees Bucho's face. [[spoiler:Bucho is his brother.]]²* HollywoodSilencer: Subverted. It helps if your silencer is made to go with the gun you're using.²* HotLibrarian: Carolina, [[spoiler:though she, like everyone in the town, was a mule for the BigBad's money.]]²* IFoundYouLikeThis: Carolina nurses El Mariachi back to health after the Tarasco shootout.²* ImprobableWeaponUser: ²** The musicians wield guitar cases that double as rocket launchers and machine guns.²** During the dream-sequence in the film's opening credits, El Mariachi gives a bad guy a TapOnTheHead with his guitar. Without having to stop playing to do so.²* InAWorld: From the trailer.²-->''In a town where greed rules, money talks, revenge kills and passion burns; Antonio rules.''²* KnifeNut: The knife-throwing assassin Navajas, played by Creator/DannyTrejo. His name means "knives."²* LetsGetDangerous: Once El gets his old crew together.²-->'''El''': "Let's play."²* MsFanservice: Who do you think?²* NoNameGiven: El Mariachi, the Short Bartender, the guy played by Creator/QuentinTarantino, etc. Basically the only characters that have explicitly given names are Carolina, Bucho, Campa and Quino.²** [[spoiler:Bucho calls his brother "Manito" though that is not his name, but rather a shorter form of "hermanito" wich means "little brother" in spanish.]]²** Weird version with Buscemi, who is a NoNameGiven in the actual film, but is listed as 'Buscemi' in the credits - but it's not made clear if it's the character's name, or just the actor's. An unusual cross between NoNameGiven and TheDanza.²* NothingUpMySleeve: El Mariachi keeps dual Ruger [=KP90s=] up his sleeves. The [=KP90=] is a large pistol, so the prop guns had their grips cut off to fit up his sleeves, which you can briefly see when he draws them. ²* PillowPistol: Mariachi does this with one of his Rugers, which concerns Buscemi:²-->'''Buscemi:''' One day, you're gonna lay down too hard on that thing and blow your brains out.²* PopStarComposer: Los Lobos.²* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: Mariachi with Quino and Campa²* QuickDraw: Mariachi does this with two full-sized .45s from his sleeves.²* RealityEnsues: When Mariachi and one of the goons in a bar shootout pull guns on each other, both guns are already out of ammo. It takes them a few tries to find a gun that still has a round left.²* RemakeCameo: The star of ''Film/ElMariachi'', Carlo Gallardo, has a minor role in ''Desperado''.²* RightHandVersusLeftHand: The bad guys engaging in this saves the Mariachi's life. Creator/DannyTrejo's master knife-thrower is seconds away from killing him when a bunch of gunmen drive up, mistake Trejo for the Mariachi, and shoot him full of holes. When they get back to base, their boss is on the phone to ''his'' bosses, who are telling him about their master knife-thrower whom they've sent to town.²* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: His name is El Mariachi. You killed his girlfriend. Prepare to die.²* SawedOffShotgun: El Mariachi uses this in the first major bar shootout, before switching to the Rugers for the rest of the movie.²* SecondFaceSmoke: The villain Bucho is lying on his bed, smoking a cigar and looking bored while a prostitute bounces up and down on him. Then she kisses him and he blows smoke into her mouth, sending her into a coughing fit.²* SenselessViolins: Multiple variations.²* ShroudedInMyth: Deconstructed. El Mariachi has a buddy go ahead of him to towns and spread tales about him.²* SlipknotPonytail: Mariachi often keeps his hair in a ponytail, and it unravels into a Badass look during the shootouts that he gets into.²* SouthOfTheBorder: The film takes place in an unspecified town in Mexico.²* SurroundedByIdiots: Bucho.²* SuspectIsHatless²* ATankardOfMooseUrine: The BadGuyBar has terrible beer, to keep casual customers away (it's a front for the drug smuggling operation). After one of the customers says that the beer tastes like piss, Tavo makes a crack about pissing in the beer, and based on some of the reactions people have when drinking it, it's very possible he wasn't joking.²* TookALevelInBadass: In the first movie, "El" was an ActionSurvivor who spent most of the time on the run and only made a single kill. By the time this movie starts, he is clearing out bars and making a name for himself.²* TwoShotsFromBehindTheBar: The opening shootout ends with the bartender pulling a shotgun to try to take out the Mariachi as he was walking away. As for how it turned out...²-->'''Buscemi:''' ...No, man. The bartender got it worse than anybody.²* TheUnfavorite: [[spoiler:Bucho (Cesar) hated the fact that their father loved El Mariachi more than him]].²* UnflinchingWalk: Mariachi and Carolina do this after tossing a grenade off a roof. [[RuleOfCool It makes a much larger explosion than it should]].²* UnreliableNarrator: Buscemi. Justified, as in he's intentionally trying to get the bar patrons torqued up to see how they'll react.²** Although, going by the shootout that happens after he tells the story (to say nothing of the rest of the movie), he doesn't seem to have exaggerated much.²* WhamLine: Mariachi and Bucho's confrontation.²-->'''Bucho''': "I thought I was looking for the devil himself, when really it was just [[spoiler: my kid brother]]".²* WorldOfBadass²* YouHaveFailedMe: Bucho does this to one of his underlings.²----


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