The Mexican

The Mexican is a 2001 American dramatic comedy film directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Christopher Ball, John Baldecchi and Lawrence Bender.  The screenplay was written by J.H. Wyman.

The Mexican | The Mexican Movie Poster | 2001 | Brad Pitt | Julia Roberts | James Gandolfini | J.K. Simmons | Bob Balaban | Sherman Augustus | Michael Cerveris | Gene Hackman | David Krumholtz | Richard Coca | |
The Mexican Movie Poster

Rated:  R (movie contains violence and language)
Run Time:  2h 3min
Release Date:  March 2, 2001 (USA)
Genre:  Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Director:  Gore Verbinski
Studio:  DreamWorks Pictures




The Mexican stars Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, James Gandolfini, J.K. Simmons, Bob Balaban, Sherman Augustus, Michael Cerveris, Gene Hackman, David Krumholtz and Richard Coca.

The Mexican is the story of Jerry Welbach (Brad Pitt) a low-level Mafia ‘mechanic’ whose ineptitude is countered by frequent but unpredictable bouts of dumb luck.  Jerry is put in a position where he not only has to save his own skin, but that of his girlfriend.  Jerry is ordered to go to Mexico to retrieve a one of a kind and very valuable antique gun called The Mexican, which is believe dot carry a curse.  Jerry needs to find the gun and transport it back across the border into the United States.  Five years earlier, Jerry had caused a traffic accident in which he hit the car of local mobster Arnold Margolese (Gene Hackman), who was then jailed for five years after the police searched his car following the crash, finding someone tied up in his trunk.  In compensation for his jail time, Jerry has been working for Margolese and has been sent on various errands by his second in command, Bernie Nayman (Bob Balaban).  Retrieving the gun will be Jerry’s final errand.  Meanwhile, his girlfriend Samantha Barzel (Julia Roberts) has decided to leave Jerry prior to his trip to Mexico over his lack of commitment to their relationship.

Movie Quotes

“Guns don’t kill people, postal workers do.” – Frank 
“Tie me up some more!” – Car Thief
“I don’t have any rope.” – Jerry Welbach
“So, you shoot me?” – Car Thief
“That’s the American way.” – Jerry Welbach

“You’re a very sensitive person for a cold-blooded killer.” – Samantha Barzel

“I’m gonna ask you a question, and it’s a good one okay so think about it.  When two people love each other, really love each other, but they just can’t seem to get it together, when you get to that point when enough is enough?” – Samantha Barzel
“Never!” – Jerry Welbach

Official Movie Trailer

Movie Stars

Brad Pitt as Jerry Welbach

Julia Roberts as Samantha Barzel

James Gandolfini as Winston Baldry

J.K. Simmons as Ted Slocum

Bob Balaban as Bernie Nayman

Sherman Augustus as Well Dressed Black Man

Michael Cerveris as Frank

Gene Hackman as Arnold Margolese

David Krumholtz as Beck

Richard Coca as Car Thief