• Publication date: January 25, 2010

Once Upon a Time in Mexico Once Upon a Time in Mexico

Once Upon a Time In Mexico is centers on El Mariachi, who is ...

Once Upon a Time In Mexico is centers on El Mariachi, who is recruited by CIA Agent Sands to kill General Marquez. Marquez had murdered El Mariachi's wife and child and has been hired by Mexican drug lord Armando Barillo to assassinate the Mexican President. Sands recruits retired FBI Agent Jorge Ramirez to kill Barillo, as Barillo had been responsible for the death of Ramirez's partner, Agent Archuleta. Sands also hires AFN Agent Ajedrez to tail Barillo. As the plot unfolds, informants begin to turn on Sands. On the day of the coup against the President, he finds himself captured and blinded by his captors. With the help of a young gum-selling boy, however, he manages to exact his revenge. Meanwhile, El Mariachi recruits his two friends to assist him in rescuing the President. El Mariachi kills Marquez by shooting both his kneecaps and then shooting him in the head, avenging his lost wife and daughter, and goes on to assist Ramirez in killing Barillo, who falls off a balcony when El Mariachi shoots him with a shotgun. The film holds the box office record for being the most improved second sequel of all-time grossing 122% more than "Desperado". With a production budget of US$ 29 million, the film's domestic revenues was US$ 56 million, while its worldwide gross revenues amounted to US$98 million. The movie won Imagen Award for Best Actor (Antonio Bandares) and Best Supporting Actor (Ruben Blades). It also won the Golden Satellite for Best Original Song by Robert Rodriguiz in 2004.