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The Mexican (2001)

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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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Gore Verbinski

Writer:

J.H. Wyman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Pitt ... Jerry Welbach
Julia Roberts ... Samantha Barzel
James Gandolfini ... Winston Baldry
J.K. Simmons ... Ted Slocum
Bob Balaban ... Bernie Nayman
Sherman Augustus ... Well Dressed Black Man
Michael Cerveris ... Frank
Gene Hackman ... Arnold Margolese
Richard Coca ... Car Thief #1
David Krumholtz ... Beck
Castulo Guerra ... Joe the Pawnshop Owner
Mayra Serbulo Mayra Serbulo ... Emanuelle (as Maira Serbulo)
Salvador Sánchez ... Gunsmith
Alan Ciangherotti Alan Ciangherotti ... Gunsmith's Assistant (as Alan Cianguerotti)
Melisa Romero Melisa Romero ... Gunsmith's Daughter
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Storyline

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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love with the safety off


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Dreamworks SKG

Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

2 March 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La mexicana See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,108,829, 4 March 2001

Gross USA:

$66,808,615

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$81,000,000
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

At the start of the movie before we are introduced to Jerry and Samantha, we see a traffic light on Laurel Canyon and we hear a car crash into another car. In the restaurant bathroom scene, Samantha tells Winston that Arnold Margolese ended up in prison because Jerry ran a red light and smashed into Margolese's Cadillac which Margolese got arrest for having a person in the trunk of his car. 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 »

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Leroy: Kevlar is for pussies
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In the middle of the credits, when the first or second song ends, you hear the guy from the car rentals shout "RAOUL !!" See more »

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References Forrest Gump (1994) See more »

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El Cable
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Performed by Esquivel
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Pitt vs. Pitt
19 August 2007 | by vitachielSee all my reviews

Let me start with saying some positive things about The Mexican. By times the dialogues were good and witty. Gandolfini is good at playing a tough gay gangster. Julia Roberts was - contrary to most commenters' opinion - quite OK in her role as emotional sponge. These last two characters were also the only ones who could make the humorous content of this movie any thing close to funny. Which brings me to the not so positive things. First of all, Brad Pitt: wouldn't I have seen an other movie he's in, I would simply have said he is crap. But maybe, as some suggested, he just cannot act in comedies. In any way, this is a very far cry from Fight Club. In the early scene between him and Roberts with the things flying out of the window, he just made me sit in bewilderment. It looked as if this was his first major film as a very bad B- actor. He may also have been a bit misdirected. In the scenes with Teddy he acts as a street- wise thug, which is quite strange considering his inaptness in being handy and communicating with the Mexicans. Of course, this is a comedy, but consequence in character should be essential. All this was compensated a bit for by the entertainment value.


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