Desperado Written, produced, edited, and directed by Robert Rodriguez, this propulsive rock & roll spaghetti Western is both a sequel to and an expansion of his… Desperado Written, produced, edited, and directed by Robert Rodriguez, this propulsive rock & roll spaghetti Western is both a sequel to and an expansion of his… 1995-08-25 R PT106M Action/Adventure Mystery and Thriller Antonio Banderas Salma Hayek Quentin Tarantino
Movie Review

Movie Review: 'Desperado' (1995)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Aug 25, 1995; Rated: R; Length: 106 Minutes; Genres: Action/Adventure, Mystery and Thriller; With: Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek

Written, produced, edited, and directed by Robert Rodriguez, this propulsive rock & roll spaghetti Western is both a sequel to and an expansion of his $7,000 south-of-the-border shoot-'em-up, El Mariachi, this time with an even more outrageous body count. The plot has all the sophistication of a dime-store novel cover, but in Desperado the gunplay is the story. The characters use their bullets like words, as an instant communiqué of rage and will. The camera loves Banderas — a velvet stud — as much as it did the young Clint Eastwood. B

Originally posted Sep 08, 1995 Published in issue #291 Sep 08, 1995 Order article reprints
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