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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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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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$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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Trivia

Throughout the film, Jerry (and others) is seen to carry his handgun inside the front of the waistband but without a holster. Appropriate to the movie, this is known as "Mexican carry". See more »

Goofs

Mexico does not issue vanity license plates in real life. All license plates in Mexico consist of three or four numbers and three letters. See more »

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Samantha: All right. Jerry, I want you to acknowledge that my needs means nothing to you and you're a selfish prick and a liar.
Jerry: Oh, my God!
Samantha: Jerry, acknowledge.
Jerry: I... Ok. I will acknowledge that I promised to go to Vegas with you. But now we're just slightly delayed. If you want to construe my wanting to stay alive as being selfish, well, then okay. But I have every intention of going with you because your needs are very important to me, sweetheart. Come on. Look at my all my stuff here, all over the ...
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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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References The Big Lebowski (1998) See more »

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Why Can't We Be Friends
Written by Jerry Goldstein, Morris D. Dickerson, Lee Oskar, Lonnie Jordan, Howard Scott, Charles Miller, Thomas Allen (as Sylvester Allen), and Harold R. Brown
Performed by War
Courtesy of Avenue Records / Far Out Productions, Inc.
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Excellent--pleasantly surprised
3 September 2001 | by (Marin, California) – See all my reviews

I didn't expect much of this film and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. Well written (despite what others here have said), well directed (except for the pace which got slow), well acted (both Roberts and Pitt were believable and very funny, and Gandolfini was funny and touching). The criticism of Pitt, Roberts and Gandolfini is especially perplexing, as they were all in top form.

So why all the complaints? I don't get it. Yes, it was 10-15 minutes too long. Yes, it changed tone somewhat drastically near the end. But overall it was surprising, very funny, interesting to look at and fun.


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