A look back at this day in film history
July 06
El Mariachi February 26, 1994
El Mariachi opens

"If Robert Rodriguez didn't exist, independent filmmakers would have to invent him," wrote Peter Broderick in Filmmaker magazine about the director's first feature, El Mariachi, which opened in theaters on February 26, 1994. The film was famously made by the 23-year-old filmmaker for a budget of $7,225, crewed by his brother and sister, and with funding Rodriguez raised from a series of medical testing procedures he enrolled himself in. A rare indie action film, El Mariachi was an early example of the "no-budget movie," a film made for a tiny fraction of a Hollywood film and which impresses viewers with the ingenuity of its filmmaking solutions. Said Rodriguez at the time, "The nice thing about making a movie by yourself is that you can take credit for any aspect of it anyone likes."

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Sylvester Stallone July 6, 1946
Sylvester Stallone born

Sylvester Stallone, born on this day in 1946, traveled a rough and unlikely road to stardom. Stallone’s very existence was tenuous as, according to his mother, Jackie, Stallone’s father, hairdresser Frank, had wanted him aborted.

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July 6, 1998
Roy Rogers Dies

When Roy Rogers died in 1998, it marked the end of two different people. One was Leonard Franklin Slye who was born November 5, 1911 in Cincinnati. The other was Roy Rogers, the king of the cowboys, who was born in 1942, when the alienated Midwesterner Leonard decided to recreate himself in California.

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