23-year-old Robert Rodriguez's feature debut combines the premise of Hitchcock's THE WRONG MAN with the frenetic pace of THE ROAD WARRIOR and the tongue-in-cheek style of a spaghetti western. Originally intended for the Spanish-language video market, EL MARIACHI so impressed Hollywood
that after some post-production upgrading far in excess of production costs, it was showcased at festivals and released in theaters.
The title character, an unemployed singer/guitarist (Carlos Gallardo), wanders into a small Mexican town and is mistaken for vicious hitman Azul (Reinol Martinez), who has just broken out of prison, since they both wear black and carry guitar cases. ...