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: 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 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.
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.
Factual error: During the scene where Navajas is throwing knives at El Mariachi and then the Bucho gang in the limo, he slides down in front of the car. The license plate simply says "Mexico" under the serial. Actual Mexican plates of the time period in the movie use the official state abbreviation followed by MEX to identify the state of issue. For example, JAL MEX for Jalisco, which is where the JWF685 serial seen on the plate would have been issued.Jason Sieberg
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
Other mistake: In the bar fight/shoot out Antonio Banderas shoots a fan onto one of the gunmen and we see the man fall down face first into the camera with the fan on the back of his head, Antonio walks around the bar and guy is suddenly laying on his back and turned completely around with fan on his chest.sunfox35
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.
Other mistake: How does Banderas shoot the bad guys falling back off the building? It's impossible from the angle he's at.
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:  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.  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.
Revealing mistake: When Antonio Banderas shoots the guy with the broken ankle at the beginning of the shoot-out on the roof near the end of the movie, he falls off. Slow-mo his fall and you'll see the air mat he's suppose to land on, it's a huge evenly raised lump in the sand about a foot high and surrounded by white rocks. He even sinks into it when he lands.
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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