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El Mariachi (1992)
 
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Some of these pictures and descriptions may give away plot details that you might not want to know before watching the film.
 
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This is the feature film debut of Texas filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, who went on to make From Dusk Till Dawn, Spy Kids, Sin City, and Machete Kills (which includes the best use of a Bra Gun in all of cinema - so far.) In this film, a traveling mariachi is hunted by a gang who want to kill him because they think he's someone else.

At the beginning of the film we see the mariachi holding a guitar case on a country road trying to thumb a ride as a truck passes him. In a voiceover about his past, he talks about seeing a turtle walking on the road as he was doing, both taking their time getting to where they are going, but what he didn't know then is that his time was running out.

At the end, we see the mariachi in front of the same road sign we saw in the beginning. This time he is sitting on a motorcycle with a dog talking about how with the dog and the weapons he has, he's prepared for the future. Then we see a tortoise walk in front of him as he rides away on the motorcycle.

The turtle is most likely a Texas Tortoise.
 

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