El Mariachi script
El Mariachi (1993)
Synopsis: El Mariachi is a 1992 American contemporary western action film and the first installment in the saga that came to be known as Robert Rodriguez's Mexico Trilogy. It marked the feature length debut of Rodriguez as writer and director. The Spanish language film was shot with a mainly amateur cast in the northern Mexican bordertown of Ciudad Acuña, Mexico across from Del Rio, Texas the home town of leading actor Carlos Gallardo. The US$7,000 production was originally intended for the Mexican home video market, but executives at Columbia Pictures liked the film so much that they bought the American distribution rights. Columbia eventually spent several times more than the 16 mm film's original budget on 35 mm transfers, promotion, marketing and distribution.


The Tall Men walk steady and alert, ready to kill. They enter

Azul's block and scope out the cells.

The Bodyguard, seeing the tall men, retrieves his shotgun from

under his mattress and grabs his machete from under the sink. He

stands ready to fight.

The Tall Men move slowly towards the big cell, somewhat cautious.

They see the Bodyguard a second too late, for he sticks the

shotgun between the bars, and shoots one of them before they can

react. The shot one stumbles back into his buddy's arms. Azul's

Bodyguard, amused by all this, opens his cell door effortlessly,

and walks out as if to greet them. The Tall Men hear the sound of

the other cells opening, so they turn around. The other prisoners

on the block begin exiting their cells, carrying guns and Molotov

cocktails. The Tall Man drops his gun. Finally, Azul exits his

cell carrying his phone. The Bodyguard forces the Tall Men into

an empty cell, closing and locking the door.

Azul presses the #-button on his phone. Moco's phone number is

automatically redialed.

Moco answers.


(into phone)

I'm still here, Moco. And so are your little friends. But not for

long. They have something they want to scream to you. Listen

close, because you're going to repeat it to me when I come to

visit you.


The cellmates throw their Molotov cocktails into the cell. Moco

hears the men screaming as they burn to death. Azul is holding

the phone at arm's length into the cell.


The Guards exchange glances when they hear the screaming, they

smile and shrug, then go back to what they were doing. As Azul

and his Bodyguards exit the block, the Guard with the magazine

stands up as if to stop them, but Azul tosses him a wad of money

and the guard sits back down to count it.

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Robert Rodriguez

Robert Anthony Rodriguez is an American filmmaker, screenwriter, and musician. He shoots and produces many of his films in Mexico and his home state, Texas. more…

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