Once Upon a Time in Mexico

Transcript written by and used with the courtesey of Angela Sugden, Spanish text parts added/corrected by varguitas

Sands
I never heard of him.


Belini
Who?


Sands
The man you recommended.


Belini
The guitar fighter? Wiped out a couple of towns single-handedly. Real nut. You probably heard of him, you just didn’t know it was him they were talking about. You should meet him.


Waitress
Cochinita pibil?


Sands
Me, me, that’s me.


Waitress
Si, perdón señor.
(Yes, sorry sir)


Belini
Just as long as I’m not the guy has to make the introduction. Okay? Were you here in Mexico during the Barillo Cartel massacre?


Sands
No.


Belini
That’s when I first heard about him. He was a legend. They used to say he was the biggest Mexican they’d ever seen. Total bullshit. He was five-nine, five-ten tops. It’s no record, but bigger than most of us. But Marquez. . . that’s a different story. Marquez. . . Marquez. . . General Marquez. Powerful, dangerous. Marquez he. . . he really had it in for this Mariachi, see. They call him Mariachi because he used to carry this guitar.


Sands

A guitar?


Belini
Believe me, he really knew how to play it, too. Now, these stories were well-travelled. They might have picked up some embellishments along the way, you know. Just read between the lines. Now, he may not have been the biggest Mexican ever. . .


Elle
. . . but she, was as deadly as she was beautiful.


Sands
There’s a girl?


Belini
Oh, yeah. There’s a girl. When he’d’ve run out of ammo, she’d take over. The most drop-dead gorgeous woman you’ll ever see. That’s where all the trouble began. She was with Marquez, and when Marquez saw that she was with the Mariachi. . . Well, he went crazy. He hunted him down, and fought Mariachi to the death, and then she. . . put a bullet in his heart. Only, he didn’t die. I don’t know what happened after that, but. . .


Sands
Would you like some?


Belini
No. Maybe Marquez caught up with him, or the cartels. But like I said, the man is a, a myth, a legend. And if he’s still living, he’s the one you want.


Sands
Well. . . That is truly unbelievable.


Belini
I’m not big on telling stories. Where’s the money you owe me? That’s the reason I’m here.


Sands
I couldn’t find a briefcase small enough, for um, ten thousand dollars in cash.


Belini
It’ll do.


Sands
Just for my own edification, I offered you fifty, why’d you say no?


Belini
I’m not a greedy man. Not looking to get rich quick. Besides, fifty thousand is a lot for what you wanted me to find out, you know. May have just as well put a bullet in my head as cough it up, right? But ten. . . ten thousand is er, civilised. Ten is something we both can live with.


Sands
Ten might still be too much.


Belini
You’d kill me over ten thousand dollars? You wouldn’t dare. You wouldn’t dare.


Sands
Yes I would.


Guitar maker 1
Me podría hacer el honor de tocarla?
(Would you make me the honor to play it?)


Elle
Deberías aprender a tocarla tú, Alvaro.
(You should learn to play it by yourself Alvaro)


Guitar maker 1
Para eso esta usted
(That’s the reason why you are here)


Guitar maker 2
Tranquilo
(Be calm)


Cucuy
Escuche que este es un pueblo de pistoleros
(I hear this is a town of shooters)


Guitar maker 1
Aquí solo hacemos guitarras señor, usted las puede ver.
(Here we only make guitars sir, you can see them)


Cucuy
Mariachi.


Guitar maker 1
No se de que me habla señor.
(I don’t know what you are talking about sir)


Cucuy
Elle.


Guitar maker 1
No se de que me habla señor.
(I don’t know what you are talking about sir)


Cucuy
Me da mucho gusto estar en tu presencia, pero hay alguien más que te quiere conocer.
(I am so glad to be in your presence, but there is someone else who wants to meet you)


Guitar maker 2
No, la hizo especialmente para ti.
(No, he made it especially for you)


Chambers
You know, if I was you, son, I’d turn around and go back right now. Go back to where I came from. Instead of selling my mind and my soul to these cocksuckers. You speak English? I didn’t think so. Come on.


President (TV)
últimamente, mi familia y yo hemos recibido amenazas de muerte enviadas por el narcotráfico, que amenaza con robarnos nuestra libertad, libertad que sé que nuestro pueblo defenderá hasta la muerte.
(These days, my family and I have received threats of dead, sent by drug dealers, who are trying to steal our freedom, freedom that I know our people will defend with their life)


Chambers
I present to you Senor Brasco.


Barillo
Bienvenido
(Welcome)


Sands
Did you order my pil-bil?


Cucuy
Ahí esta.
(it is there)


Sands
Does it have a name?


Cucuy
They call him Elle. That means “the”


Sands
I know what it means, thank you. Alert the Barillo cartel, that Elle, has come out of hiding.


Cucuy
I don’t think we should. . .


Sands
Are you a MexiCAN, or a MexiCAN’T?


Cucuy
I’m a MexiCAN.


Sands
Good. Then do as I say. Nice tune.


Elle
Something my brother taught me. I killed him.


Sands
Yes, I was privy to that information all ready. How charming. You know, Elle, if I may call you that. I have been doing a little snooping around, and it seems that the cartels, have quite a price on your head. I wouldn’t want to be you. Tell me, is there anyone, who doesn’t want you dead?


Elle
You tell me.


Sands
I need you to kill a man. Elle, you really must try this, because it’s quite coki-bia. It is a slow roasted pork, nothing fancy, just happens to be my favourite. And I order it, with a tequila and lime, in every dive I go to in this country. And honestly, that is the best it’s ever been, anywhere. In fact it’s too good, it is so good that when I’m finished with it, I’ll pay my cheque, walk straight into the kitchen, and shoot the cook. Because that’s what I do. I restore the balance to this country. That is what I would like from you right now. To help me keep the balance by pulling the trigger.


Elle
Do you want me to shoot the cook?


Sands
NO. I’ll shoot the cook. My car’s parked out back anyway. You, will kill Marquez. Do you remember General Marquez? He’s being paid, by the Barillo cartel, to kill the president in an attempted coup d’etat.


Elle
Attempted?


Sands
Oh, no, no, no. the president will be killed, because he’s that piece of good pork that needs to get balanced out. I say attempted, because we don’t want Marquez taking power. I need you to put the hurting, so to speak, on Marquez, after he’s killed the president. Savvy?


Elle
So why me?


Sands
Frankly, because you’ve got nothing to live for. And in a way you’re already dead, and Marquez is the man who killed you. So. . . why not return the favour? Go to the church, meet with an associate of mine named Salomé at three o’clock. And I will contact you afterwards, if we have a deal. Was I right? I guess not.




AFN boss
The last shipment of drugs that was seized at our border, have not been accounted for Sanchez. You are now off that assignment. Who wants to volunteer? Okay, you, Gomez, it’s yours. With El Presidente’s new campaign against the Barillo cartel, their activities are being pushed into the forefront. Large payments, deliveries, whispers of a political take-over. I need new point men. Strong and willing. This is the top priority of El Presidente. Who wants this? Primero, it’s yours. Take your secondary person, a third if you have to. That’s all. Dismissed.


AFN guy
Te voy a chingar el huevo izquierdo
(I am going to cut you the left nut)


Primero
Tú estas con nosotros
(You are with us)


President
Pueblo de Culiacán, he venido a esta entidad para traerles a ustedes un mensaje de paz. Paz que en este momento se ve amenazada por un grupo de personajes que alteran nuestra vida nacional, personajes como Armando Barillo. Los invito a que unamos fuerzas para que estos personajes no alteren nuestra unidad y nuestra paz.
(People of Culiacán, I have come to this institution to bring you a message of peace. Peace that in this moment is threaten by a group of characters that disturb our national life, characters like Armando Barillo. I invite you to join forces with us to prevent this characters continue affecting our unity and peace.)


Aide
El Presidente, history teaches us, no matter how great your armies are, you will always need the favour of the inhabitants, to take possession of a province. How can you compete with a man like Barillo? He owns Culiacan.


President
He doesn’t own its people.


Aide
Barillo has purchased hundreds of homes and ranches in the northern part of Culiacan. And then he has turned around and given these homes to the people. He’s a folk hero to them.


President
He’s also a mass murderer, and a drug king-pin. He’s trying to make himself a martyr by drawing the people to his side. But, the people can see through that. Men like Barillo have stolen this country’s soul. But my people will stand up for what is right.


Aide
I’m afraid they’re no longer your people, sir.


President
Then I will die fighting. Are you with me?


Aide
To the death.


Elle
Besar tus labios quisiera…
(Kiss your lips I want .. ) (singing)


Carolina
What’s wrong?


Elle
Everything. This way. Come on. Come on. Come on. Come on. Come on. Any suggestions, ‘Miss why don’t we get a room in the fifth floor so we can see the beautiful sunset’?


Carolina
Puta madre
(Fuck)


Elle
Jump.


Carolina
No mames, cabrón.
(Screw you)


Elle
Jump! Swing, swing, swing! Hold on!


Carolina
What do you mean, hold on?


Elle
Let go! Now!


Carolina
Give me that! Stop the bus! Stop the bus!


Elle
La promesa se va a romper, perdóname por lo que será de mi.
(The promise is going to be broken, forgive me)


Priest
When was your last confession?


Elle
An hour ago.


Priest
And the name of your priest?


Elle
Sands.


Priest
Okay. You are expected to carry out your assignment, to the letter.


Elle
Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know. I know.


Priest
Failure to appear in designated locations at assigned times results in forfeit of protection. Protection you will definitely need.


Elle
Yeah.


Priest
You will be paid. Coup d’etats, like elections, don’t come cheap. So there’s plenty of, dough floating around. There’s more. You will be a free man. From Marquez, the cartels and even from the president. . . who isn’t your biggest fan, let’s, let’s face it.


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