Desperado (1995)

45 mistakes

(7 votes)

Continuity mistake: When the bad guys try and kill Antonio Banderas in the bookstore, after killing about the third bad guy, you can clearly see his gun lock on an empty chamber, but there's a cut and he immediately carries on shooting.

Continuity mistake: When El Mariachi breaks the guy's neck at the bar he stands up and his knee caps are full of white dust, then he finishes writing a note to Bucho his knee caps are clean.

Continuity mistake: During the rooftop shootout Banderas reloads his gun (right hand one), than he takes another gun (the one in his belt) with the left hand. After a cut, Banderas reloads his right handed gun again and the left handed gun disappears.

Continuity mistake: When Antonio Banderas and his girlfriend are escaping during one of their big gunfights Antonio jumps off of a building at least three times his height and is covered in dust. When he gets up he is magically clean and unharmed after this fatal drop.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Salma Hayek is tossing the bullet she has just removed from Antonio Bandaras's shoulder, you can see the reflection of Robert Rodriguez holding the film camera on the metal dish.

Continuity mistake: When Antonio Banderas is in the gunfight after they check his guitar case, he is trying to get information from Cheech Marin, but he gets shot before he tells him anything. You see Cheech go flying backwards onto the ground, but after the ruckus he is lying face down on the bar.

Visible crew/equipment: When the limousine explodes (flying several feet into the air) after being hit by the second rocket, in one or two shots (most noticeable right before it explodes, during the rocket POV shot), you can see chains attached to parts of the limo, that were not there in previous shots. This has to do with the original idea, which was to have the car flip over in a deliberate direction when it exploded.

Continuity mistake: When Bucho was smoking his cigar in bed, it goes from small to big and when he puts it on the ash tray, it's small again.

Continuity mistake: The beer in the opening scene with Steve Buscemi regularly goes from halfway down the glass, to practically full again between shots.

Continuity mistake: At the beginning of Desperado, El Mariachi has a flashback to the time when the white-clad druglord Moco shot his hand. There are obviously three mistakes with this scene, although the director tried to tally it with the one at the end of El Mariachi (1992). Firstly, Moco is much plumper in the flashback than he really was in the prequel itself. Secondly, the dead body of Azul, the original guns-in-a-guitar-case murderer, is missing from the ground. And lastly, it's obvious there's no blood on Domino (the dead woman)'s body; only smeared on the ground.

Continuity mistake: When Carolina is removing the bullet from El Mariachi, there is a clock directly behind her. During the surgery, the sound of the clock ticking can be heard, yet the time never changes.

Other mistake: There's a scene where we see Zamira and the kid shooting Danny Trejo right in his chest. Later on, when taken to the presence of Bucho, they pull Trejo's vest wide open and he has nothing but blood stains on him.

Continuity mistake: During the bar gunfight, Banderas is shown shooting on top of the counter but somehow winding back up in the same place twice.

Continuity mistake: When El Mariachi's friend goes to fire his rocket-launcher (disguised as a guitar case), at first, there is no hole in the case for the rocket to shoot out, yet a shot or two later, the case has completely changed, and now has a large hole in the front for the rocket, a covering flap for the hole and a hole for exhaust in the back.

Audio problem: The guitarists weren't going with the sound of drumming on their guitars. Also the timing of their lips while singing were wrong.


Continuity mistake: In the bar gunfight scene (where Cheech is the barkeep), Banderas and the bookie from the back room end up on the bar with pistols pointed at each other. Banderas puts his weapon down, then two camera cuts later he puts it down again.

Visible crew/equipment: After Bucho's men bring the dead knife thrower back to their ranch, when Bucho enters the limo, the boom operator and boom are visible, reflected in the limo window. (00:55:25)

Revealing mistake: When El Mariachi's one friend first fires a rocket at the bad guy's limousine in the climactic battle, you can see that the rocket itself never explodes, despite the side of the car blowing up. The rocket simply lands next to the car, and then remains there in plain sight whilst the side of the car blows up, revealing that it is just a prop replica.

Other mistake: During the bar gunfight, Banderas shoots the ventilator that falls down on the bad guy. In the next shot, you see that the ventilator is still rotating. The ventilator should be disconnected after falling to the floor, since the wire isn't that long.

El Mariachi: Give me the strength to be what I was, and forgive me for what I am.

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Trivia: Carlos Gallardo, who played El Mariachi in the prequel to Desperado, El Mariachi (1992), was given a minor role in Desperado as Campa, the mariachi with the two machine-gun guitar cases.

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Question: Why does Zamira (Bucho's henchwoman) have no lines of dialogue? Is she mute? Or was it done to make her character enigmatic?

Answer: Having a tough-looking, silent henchman/henchwoman is a pretty common trope in action movies. She's basically there to look tough and mysterious. I wouldn't read into it more than that, especially given how minor the character is. (Minor enough that I had to Google her, because I couldn't even remember her, and I've easily seen this movie a dozen times over the years).


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