Desperado (1995)

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Visible crew/equipment: When Mariachi and Carolina are on the roof, after Mariachi is about to kill Bucho he walks away to climb up a wall. When the shot cuts to him walking up to the wall, slow-mo reveals a shadow of the sound mic on the top right corner.

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

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.

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.


Audio problem: When the kid shows El Mariachi how he plays, you can hear the part that he's not playing because it's a constant sound on one string and he's stroking all the strings at the same time.

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.

Revealing mistake: In the fight scene in the Tarasco bar, one of the bad guys jumps on El Mariachi, but he stops him with his feet and pushes him off and shoots him as he is flying through the air. As the bad guy is shot, you can see the tape holding the squibs on his shirt.

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.

Visible crew/equipment: When Banderas and Catalina are on the rooftop, and Bucho shows up and Banderas doesn't shoot. When they start going to the next rooftop, you can see a shadow of a microphone going up the wall.


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.

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: 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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