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The Mexican (2001)

A man tries to transport an ancient gun called The Mexican, believed to carry a curse, back across the border, while his girlfriend pressures him to give up his criminal ways.

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Ted Slocum
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Bernie Nayman
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Well Dressed Black Man
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Frank
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Car Thief #1
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Beck
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Mayra Serbulo ...
Emanuelle (as Maira Serbulo)
Salvador Sánchez ...
Gunsmith
Alan Ciangherotti ...
Gunsmith's Assistant (as Alan Cianguerotti)
Melisa Romero ...
Gunsmith's Daughter
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Jerry Welbach is given two ultimatums. His mob boss wants him to travel to Mexico to get a priceless antique pistol called "The Mexican" or he will suffer the consequences. The other ultimatum comes from his girlfriend Samantha, who wants him to end his association with the mob. Jerry figures that being alive, although in trouble with his girlfriend is the better alternative so he heads south of the border. Finding the pistol is easy but getting it home is a whole other matter. The pistol supposedly carries a curse - a curse Jerry is given every reason to believe, especially when Samantha is held hostage by the gay hit man Leroy to ensure the safe return of the pistol. Written by ck

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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2 March 2001 (USA)  »

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$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,108,829 (USA) (4 March 2001)

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$66,808,615 (USA) (27 May 2001)
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James Gandolfini reportedly lost 35 pounds for his role as Winston, all of which he had to gain back before shooting re-commenced on the upcoming season of The Sopranos (1999) because producer David Chase believed that "The Sopranos" audience would not like a "skinny" Tony (Soprano). See more »

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When Sam is throwing Jerry's stuff down from the balcony, her necklace jumps in and out of the top of her shirt between shots. See more »

Quotes

Leroy: I have to ask you a question... and it's an important one so, I want you to think about the answer before you give it to me. Okay?
Samantha: Okay
Leroy: When two people love each other - Really... Love each other - but they just can't get it together, when do you get to that point where enough is enough?
Samantha: [mouth agape, stunned look, realizing he's talking about her] Tha?... oh, well... that's... you know... um... you know it's Over when... okay, I have, like, these psychosomatic, insomniatic manifestations of... ...
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the credits, Samantha whispers "I love you, Jerry". See more »

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Old Dreams
Written and Performed by Castulo Guerra
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A chaotic, messy but brilliant commentary on relationships
12 October 2004 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

I'm genuinely surprised at the number of people who disliked this movie. Perhaps because it was a bit disjointed, chaotic, uneven, unpredictable and even incoherent at times. And that's just why I loved it. It's life. Yes, it's the crazy, seedy, shady lives of these people (the main characters being Pitt's and Roberts' characters), but at least it's honest... and darned funny. I thought the self-deprecating jabs at how most Gringos view Mexico/Mexicans were priceless. Raul!! The grainy flashbacks had my sides splitting.

People, this is a classic melodrama told in today's yucky, dirty, gritty, ugly times. A beautiful (if you look closely) story that doesn't take it self seriously at all. This is anything but formula Hollywood hype. It is a genius inside-joke that sandbagged most of the people hoping to come out and see a Pitt/Roberts version of Sleeping in Seattle or some similar chick-flick dreck.

When is enough enough? Never.


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