- Cast: Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Steven Seagal, Michelle Rodriguez, Jeff Fahey, Cheech Marin, Don Johnson, Shea Whigham, Lindsay Lohan, Tom Savini, Daryl Sabara, Gilbert Trejo, Billy Blair, Ara Celi, Feliz Sabates, Electra Avellan, Elise Avellan, Marci Madison, Vic Trevino, Mayra Leal, Alejandro Antonio, Juan Pareja, Alicia Rachel Marek, Jason Douglas, Mitchell Lance Adams, Brent Smiga, Chris Warner, Jim Henry, Tina Rodriguez, Roland Ruiz, Greg Ingram, Tito Larriva, Cheryl "Chin" Cunningham, Hugo Perez, Nina Leon, Doran Ingram, James Brownlee, Nimród Antal, Al "Train" Dias, Dimitrius Pulido, Scott Jefferies, Edgar Arreola, Tommy Nix
- Directors: Ethan Maniquis, Robert Rodriguez
- Writers: Robert Rodriguez, Álvaro Rodríguez
- Producers: Elizabeth Avellan, Aaron Kaufman, Iliana Nikolic, Robert Rodriguez, Rick Schwartz, Quentin Tarantino
- Associate Producer: Tom Proper
- Executive Producers: Alan Bernon, Anthony Gudas, Myles Nestel, Alastair Burlingham, Jerry Fruchtman, Peter Fruchtman, Jack Gilardi Jr., Darby Parker, Steve Robbins
- Castings: J.C. Cantu, Mary Vernieu
- Costume Design: Nina Proctor
- D.O.P.: Jimmy Lindsey
- Editor: Rebecca Rodriguez
- Makeup: Ermahn Ospina
- Music: John Debney
- Production Design: Christopher Stull
- Set Decoration: Bart Brown
The story revolves around an immigrant (Danny Trejo), a former "Mexican Federale" turned renegade. After a shakedown with a druglord (Steven Seagal), Machete /maˈtʃete/ roams Texas looking to do yard work in exchange for money. Michael Booth (Jeff Fahey), a local businessman and spin doctor, explains to Machete that the corrupt Senator McLaughlin (Robert De Niro) is sending hundreds of illegals out of the country. In order to stop this, Booth offers Machete $150,000 to kill McLaughlin.
Machete accepts the murder contract. As Machete attempts to assassinate McLaughlin during a rally, he is double-crossed and one of Booth's henchmen shoots him. It is revealed that Booth orchestrated the entire attempted assassination as part of a false flag operation to gain public support for McLaughlin's harsh anti-illegal-immigration laws. By setting up Machete as the patsy, the conspirators make it appear that an outlaw illegal Mexican immigrant has tried to assassinate the senator.
A wounded Machete is taken to a hospital to be treated for wounds, and escapes from Booth's henchmen sent to kill him. Agent Sartana (Jessica Alba), a persistent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent, is sent by her superior to go find and capture the injured Machete. Machete, with the help of Shé (Michelle Rodriguez) recruits Padre (Cheech Marin), Machete's "holy" brother.
To take revenge on Booth, Machete kidnaps Booth's wife and his daughter, April (Lindsay Lohan), who has a penchant for drugs and exposing herself on the Internet. After encountering Machete, Sartana begins to develop an interest in him. Machete rallies a group of illegal immigrants together, and begins to hunt the people who double crossed him.
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Filming Locations: Austin, Texas
- MPAA Warning: Strong bloody violence throughout, language, some sexual content and nudity
- Production Budget: $25 million
- Production Companies: Overnight Films, Troublemaker Studios
- Production Schedule: 29 July 2009 - 24 September 2009
2010 Guide Analysis: "The second least interesting of the four faux trailers that screened with "Grindhouse" gets its own full-length feature using basically the same cast and premise setup in the preview. There's a few extra faces though, from the 'what the' casting of Robert DeNiro to the return of Steven Seagal to the big screen eight years after his last appearance in 2002's "Half Past Dead".
It's a decent story idea but how both it and the humor can be sustained for a feature length is a big question right now, as is relatively unknown co-director Ethan Maniquis who made his name as an editor on the likes of "Grindhouse" and "Shorts" for Rodriguez. "Grindhouse" famously flopped at the box-office, so there's no real pre-built fanbase - while the great tagline of "they f*cked with the wrong Mexican" won't likely get MPAA approval. Hopefully Rodriguez will surprise though."