Once Upon a Time in Mexico

Corrected entry: Lorenzo's accent is not consistent throughout the movie. In the scene where the three musicians come to play for the president, a guard becomes suspicious and asks why the guitar cases are so heavy. Lorenzo responds, in Spanish, that it's because of "amplificacion." Yet he pronounces the second "c" as Spaniards do, with the "th" sound in English. In Mexico and all of Latin America it would be pronounced with an "s" sound. While the story never specifies Lorenzo's country of origin, he uses the Latin American pronunciation everywhere else for the letters "c" and "z."

Correction: Lorenzo in played by Enrique Iglecias, who is a Spaniard. He speeks spanish like a Spaniard, not like an Latin American, and it's possible the character is Spanish originally but has lived in Latin America for a while, altering his pronunciation to a degree.

Jane Doe

Corrected entry: When Sands throws a rock at Bellini after pushing him in the water, the rock hits his chest and abs. You can see the body is fake because as the rock hits, the arms along with the chest and head are lifted up off the water far too quickly, as if it was filled with air. Much like if you threw a rock into a life raft. (00:38:25)

Correction: I just frame-by-framed through the sequences, and there's nothing wrong with it. His head/arms/chest definitely do not "lift up too quickly. " His body was just pelted in the abdomen by a large rock while he was floating on water. The reaction was perfectly natural.

Corrected entry: When the guy goes to tell the president "it's not safe here anymore" he calls him "El Presidente" which means "the president". Shouldn't he have said "Senior Presidente" (Mr. President)? (01:20:05)


Correction: In Mexico, the president is addressed as "El Presidente." The American president is called "Mr. President."

Corrected entry: Towards the end of the movie, when the boy helps Johnny Depp get ready, he drops Johnny's jacket on the ground so he can hand him his gun belts. When the camera pulls back, the jacket has disappeared.

Correction: The area of ground visible after Johnny Depp walks away is very small. It is possible that the jacket is just out of shot.

James Storck

Corrected entry: In the scene where El and Carolina have their chains cut, both close-up shots reveal that the "welding torch" is actually a MIG-Welder. It is impossible to cut anything with MIG-Welding equipment.

Correction: If a welder, using MIG equipment, goes too hot and in the same place too long, he will burn a hole in the metal. It is a rookie mistake. They did it on purpose.


Corrected entry: Near the end of the movie, when Eva Mendes shoots Johnny Depp, he falls. Then, when he shoots her, she falls opposite Depp. When we see the view from the window, the two are lying in a 'V' shape instead. Plus, the discarded materials from the Day of the Dead celebration disappear and change position also. (01:27:55)

Correction: As far as the position of their bodies, Eva isn't dead just yet, remember she looks at Johnny just after she'd been shot. And Depp isn't dead at all, leaving plenty of explanation for either of them to have shifted positions.

Corrected entry: At the end when Agent Sands is lying on the street after being shot and the corrupt Mexican agent comes down to finish him off, he shoots her by using the prosthetic arm trick. Where did the prosthetic arm come from? Did he have it in his pocket, or did the boy bring it along, and when did he have time to put it on? It certainly wasn't attached when he was firing the machine gun. (01:25:45 - 01:31:25)

Correction: At least half an hour to an hour has past between Sands getting shot and when the corrupt cop shows up. In between there is a brief shot of the boy running off and returning a short time later. Presumably he brought Sands his prosthetic arm then and helped him attatch it during the time lapse.

Corrected entry: When Sands meets Bellini, the plate with his food appears on the table between shots when he gets served, and we see the waitress setting down only a little bowl. (00:01:10)


Correction: From the angle the plate of food is obscured from view but she puts down two plates. The one we see waitress put down is a small cup, which looks like a sauce for the meal.

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Correction: It is a prop, not a person. They show it in the making of.

Corrected entry: In the very beginning, Johnny Depp stirs his food, and then the exact same shot is shown again about a minute later. (00:01:30 - 00:05:10)

Correction: This is to emphasise the fact that he's using a prosthetic arm.

Corrected entry: Earlier in the film, a few moments after Agent Sands has his eyes removed, he is shot in his left arm. Soon after this, and on the same day, The Day of The Dead, Sands has a final showdown with two Barillo henchman in which his arm wound has disappeared entirely,and the black, glittery shirt is completely unharmed. (01:15:55 - 01:25:00)

Correction: It's the prosthetic arm, hence no holes.

Corrected entry: Near the end, when El Mariachi kneecaps Gen. Marquez in the Presidential Lobby, Marquez falls down to his knees, and is lying on his back, knees bent under him. Then El Mariachi shoots him dead. Shortly after, when Barillo and crew come to find Marquez...he's lying dead, flat on his back with his legs straight out. I hardly think El Mariachi would have taken the time to lay the General's body out straight before he left. (01:29:25 - 01:30:25)

Correction: Throughout the movie when people get shot, they go flying five or ten feet. When Antonio walks up to shoot the General in the head, what's to say that he didn't slide back five or 10 ft, straightening his legs in the process?

Corrected entry: During the opening credits, when Banderas' character is testing out the new guitar, it does not have a shoulder strap. In the last shot of him playing it, a shoulder strap is present.

Correction: The guitar has a shoulder strap all the way through, but at first El Mariarchi just holds the guitar without the strap.

Corrected entry: The blood on Johnny Depp's face changes several times in the last few scenes in the movie,and before everyone says he wiped it off, he could not have wiped it off so cleanly. Ever get a bloody nose and just wipe it off? Your whole face turns red.

Correction: The blood trails under Sands'eyes slowly get longer as the film continues, as you would expect with having your eyes ripped out.

Corrected entry: In one of the final shots, Sands reaches out to catch a phone. He grabs out with his left hand then he shot changes and he catches it with his right hand.

Correction: Actually, he DOES grab out with his right hand in both shots. In the first shot, you can see him standing, holding his right hand on his left arm (which had been wounded earlier), then reaching out his right hand to catch the phone.

Corrected entry: How come El Mariachi and Carolina were chained together? As shown in a flashback, when they wake up in bed they are chained together, but Carolina doesn't seem to think it's unusual since El Mariachi pulls her hand up using the chain and she doesn't even notice it. Either they went to bed with the chain on, or it was put on by the military men at night (which is doubtful since the military would have just shot them in their sleep). But how the chain gets there is never explained in the movie, nor is how El Mariachi knows it means the soldiers are outside the window. (00:21:35)

Correction: Once Upon A time in Mexico is actually the fourth film in the series, the third one is an non existant. All the dream/flashback sequences are clips form this "third" movie and really have nothing to do with Once Upon a time except how El wants revenge. As for the chain it could have been from them escaping from the military and hiding out at a hotel. and when he sees the chains he remembers they are running from them.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Banderas and Hayek wake up chained together on the bed and they are immediately fired on by the soldiers on the balcony across the street, the soldiers would have had to chain them together in the first place so why would they not have shot them at that moment? Why take pot-shots at them from another building?

Correction: It was just an "over-the-top" dream, not an actual event.

Corrected entry: At the end of the movie retired FBI agent Jorge walks by CIA agent Sands, says hey, and tosses him the phone. Sands catches it, but he has no eyes so he couldn't see the phone coming, and it made no noise so he couldn't hear where it was either.


Correction: It was obviously a lucky catch, Depp even smiles when he catches it.

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Left Nut: I was tortured once... I didn't like it. You know what the really fucked up part was? They tore out my left nut. That really turned me off to the whole thing.

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Trivia: When Sands buys gum from the kid on the bike, he tells him, "I never want to see you again." The next time the kid shows up in the movie, Sands has had his eyes taken out. (00:27:30 - 01:10:30)

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Question: In the scene where Carolina and El are chained together, they swing across the road on a power line with metal handcuffs. Wouldn't they have been fried or shocked?


Chosen answer: They would need to be touching the ground so the electrical current could complete the circuit.

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