ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO
2003, Sony Repertory, 102 min, USA, Dir: Robert Rodriguez

The final installment of director Robert Rodriguez’s Mexico Trilogy stars Antonio Banderas as the gunslinging El Mariachi, hired by a CIA agent (Johnny Depp) to kill a renegade general (Gerardo Vigil) working with a drug-lord (Willem Dafoe) to overthrow the Mexican government. Like the Leone Westerns that helped inspire it, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO is packed with larger-than-life characters and bravura action sequences. With Salma Hayek, Eva Mendes and Mickey Rourke.


FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS
1998, Universal, 118 min, USA, Dir: Terry Gilliam

Director Terry Gilliam’s psychedelic kaleidoscope of bad vibes as seen through the twisted prism of writer Hunter S. Thompson (Johnny Depp) and walking pharmaceutical factory Dr. Gonzo (a scary Benicio Del Toro) as they sojourn in Las Vegas circa 1971. Consumer culture and the gaudy artifice of middle class gaming resorts are mercilessly skewered in Gilliam’s trenchant adaptation of Thompson’s notorious book. Tons of great bits from a potpourri of stars including Tobey McGuire, Christina Ricci, Harry Dean Stanton, Lyle Lovett, Cameron Diaz, Gary Busey, Mark Harmon, Ellen Barkin, Penn Jillette, Flea and more.


DEAD MAN
1995, Miramax, 121 min, USA, Dir: Jim Jarmusch

Accountant William Blake (Johnny Depp) is expelled from a frontier town with a bullet lodged in his chest and a trio of bounty hunters at his heels. Fortunately, he is befriended by Nobody (Gary Farmer), a Native American who escorts him to the Pacific coast, where his destiny lies. Described by director Jim Jarmusch as a “psychedelic Western,” this haunting black-and-white vision features a soundtrack by Neil Young and a memorable supporting cast including Gabriel Byrne, Iggy Pop and, in his final film, Robert Mitchum. “One of the very best movies of the 1990s.” - A. O. Scott, The New York Times


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