could have made 1000 (literally) of these for the same cost as making titantic, what a shame. a very good film with a distinctive style. good acting from non-actors. very worthwhile. it’s funny because i just looked at the imdb review of the film and the guy made the same point that i did – namely that this film was made extremely cheaply, yet kicks hardcore ass compared to something like titantic. note: at first i had the figure above at a modest 1000, but after going to the imdb site i saw that the fellow who had reviewed it had more detailed information on the film’s funding…it turns out that one actually “could have shot approximately 28571 (!) Mariachi-kind-of films for that amount of cash.” that’s even more insane than i had remembered. i always remember films like this and night of the living dead being made for dirt cheap (both employed townspeople and friends as actors), but i didn’t know that el mariachi was made for only $7,000.