• Publication date: April 14, 2009

IN " Desperado " lover looking to avenge the death of the girl he loved

Desperado is the second feature-film by Robert Rodriguez. With its $7million budget, Desperado is a re-make of the original 'El Mariachi' which was Rodriguez's first feature ever in 1992 with a budget of $7000.

Desperado is the second feature-film by Robert Rodriguez. With its $7million budget, Desperado is a re-make of the original 'El Mariachi' which was Rodriguez's first feature ever in 1992 with a budget of $7000.

Written and directed by Robert Rodriguez, this is the second movie of the trilogy that starts off with 'El Mariachi', played in 1992 by Carlos Gallardo, and stars Antonio Banderas for parts two: 'Desperado' and part three 'Once upon a time in Mexico'.

Desperado was released in 1995 and starred Antonio Banderas as the brooding, guitar-case carrying, gun-slinging wedding singer, known only by the name El Mariachi. Originally a fun-loving character, El Mariachi's reputation precedes him in Mexican towns as the lover looking to avenge the death of the girl he once loved. The legend is further embellished by the real body-count he leaves in his wake. He is searching for the man who killed his love, and put a bullet in his left guitar-playing hand; the man who goes by the name of Bucho [Joaquim de Almeida], head of the local drug cartel and ruler supreme in these small Mexican towns.

Buscemi [Steve Buscemi] is his partner-in-crime, scouting out the sites where Bucho is rumored to be in business before El Mariachi drops in with his guitar-case full of guns. Buscemi thinks he's onto something when he enters a bar and tries talking to the bartender [Cheech Marin]. Quentin Tarantino makes a cameo appearance as a tourist wanting to purchase drugs, just before El Mariachi walks into the bar and kills everyone. Bucho hires an assassin to take care of Banderas, the heavily tattooed Navajas [Danny Trejo], his lethal knife throwing skills almost leave the hero dead, until Banderas is rescued by the beautiful Carolina [Salma Hayek]. El Mariachi places a call to his crew telling them to "bring the guitars", in preparation for the showdown.

Who will win in this epic Sergio Leoni type battle of good versus evil? You'll be guessing till the end.

This cult movie boasts a rich soundtrack with scenes playing to the sound of Los Lobos, Dire Straits and Carlos Santana. This action, crime thriller runs for 106 minutes and has been rated R for violence, sex and language.