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: 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 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: 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.

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.

Continuity mistake: When El Mariachi walks into the Tarasco Bar, it shows a view of the bar and the bartender, Cheech Marin, looks towards the door, and in the next shot the bartender looks over again.

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.

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.

Continuity mistake: 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.

Continuity mistake: When the knife throwing assassin is after El Mariachi, he throws the first knife at his left arm and the second one at his right hand. Then we see El Mariachi going around the corner, with most of his back out of view, as the assassin throws the third knife at him. A few moments later, we see El Mariachi taking the knife out of his back - it's right next to his shoulder, and it was impossible for the assassin to hit it from where he was.

Grigory the Wanderer

Continuity mistake: Near the end of the film, Antonio Banderas calls his friends and holds the phone in his left hand. The camera cuts to Salma Hayek and then cuts back to Antonio where he is seen to have the phone in his right hand.

Continuity mistake: When the fight breaks out in the bar during the opening song with El Mariachi and his bandmates, he motions for them to join him to break up the fight. After he breaks it up his bandmates reappear on stage like they never left.

Leonard Hassen

Continuity mistake: After Antonio Banderas saves the boy from the truck, they are walking beside a building. The guitar the boy is carrying flips over with every shot change. First, the strings are facing the boy's leg then the guitar back is facing the boy's leg. It changes 4 or 5 times.

Continuity mistake: When the little boy is giving his fathers guitar to the drug runner it has no strings, but when the drug runner gives it to Antonio Banderas it has a string.

Continuity mistake: When Antonio Banderas runs over the guy at the end of the big shoot near the end of the movie, the guy getting run over has been replaced with a dummy. You can tell because of how easily it moves and how much it twists. You can also slow the film down to see that the dummy's plastic hand is visible.

Continuity mistake: In the fighting scene with Antonio Banderas and his two guitar friends, before everybody starts shooting we see the little boy walking around strumming his guitar. In that first shot the strap is crossing the back of his neck. But in the very next shot of the boy, that rope is hanging down almost on his knees.

Continuity mistake: During the rooftop shootout Hayek has a red and a black shoe on. At one stage you see both shoes in her hands then there's a shot of Banderas and then its back to Hayek and she's taking the red shoe off again.

Continuity mistake: Why didn't we hear the 18-wheeler come rolling down the street when the little boy was going to get El Mariachi to come with him to get his guitar? He crosses the street and then the sound appears and the truck appears.

Continuity mistake: When Bucho shoots at the limousine glass when it first arrives, the shot on the window changes around a couple of times.

Continuity mistake: After the boy gets his right leg broken by Christos in the fight scene at Bucho's villa: [1] The boy begins to stand up (straight, without turning his body). In the next (bad) cut his movement should be continued, but he suddenly is erecting in a 360°-turn finalized by jumping in the air to knock Christos down with his foot. [2] If you would look down at him from above the scene, his right leg would describe a clockwise movement towards Christo's face. Look sharp and you will see that it never reaches its aim because the distance between the two men is too long. Before the foot hits its aim another very bad cut is set. In this one his leg would describe a counterclockwise movement, not clockwise as the movement has begun the cut before. To accomplish the motion instructed by this cut, the boy would have had to stop his leg's movement abruptly in the middle of the foot-kick, when the foot has the highest speed and force. There he would have had to fling his foot back where it came from to finally knock Christos down. And all this without having any footing from the ground whilst his jump.

Continuity mistake: When Selma is stitching up Antonio after the knife throwing scene, she is seen on the bed putting on a band-aid, then reading a magazine, then tightening the bottle of medicine that she put on his arm. All while Antonio never moves.

Continuity mistake: At the very end when his girlfriend picks him up, Banderas throws his guitar ahead of him. But in the next shot it's underneath the car. He had to twirl around to throw it, but it only went as far as the car he's standing next to?

Continuity mistake: The number of knives on the knife thrower's chest holder change throughout the scene.

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