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The Matador (2005)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  27 January 2006 (USA)
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A globetrotting hitman and a crestfallen businessman meet in a hotel bar in Mexico City in an encounter that draws them together in a way neither expected.

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A chance encounter between a travelling salesman and a lonely hitman triggers a strangely profound relationship which provokes each to act in ways neither would have imagined possible. Fate steps in to form a friendship between two men from irreconcilable worlds that will alter the lives of both forever. Written by Arclight Films

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Rated R for strong sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$37,999 (Argentina) (17 March 2006)

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$12,570,442 (USA) (17 March 2006)
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The sombrero worn by Pierce Brosnan in the film was sold at auction for $22,000. See more »

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When Julian is telling the story about his first mistake in Manila, the camera can be seen, hidden behind palm leaves and bamboo, when two guys holding a mirror are walking through the frame. See more »

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Julian Noble: I am a big fan of the "Everybody's got to pee" theory of assassination.
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"The filmmakers do not condone bullfighting, but respect its long tradition in the Mexican culture. It was extremely important to the producers that no bulls were harmed because of the production of 'The Matador'. In no way did the producers of this film create, arrange or organize any of the bullfights seen within this movie. Sequences staged by the producers employed fake and computer-generated bulls exclusively. Absolutely no animals were harmed by the production of this movie." See more »

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A funny movie with personality and dry humor.
4 August 2012 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

"Julian Noble" (Pierce Brosnan) is a murderer who is experiencing a profound existential crisis. While in Mexico DF to fulfill a request meets "Danny Wright" (Greg Kinnear), who is there to solve a business. "Danny" lives in Denver with his wife "Bean" and, although they have some economic problems, seem happy after ten years of marriage. L "Danny" is proposed to achieve a major contract: if he can accept your project will solve all your financial problems, if, however, reject it will be condemned to live in a very precarious situation. "Julian" and "Danny" fall soon realized that, despite having nothing in common, they need each other.

The relationship that develops between two important businessmen, each in its field, far from their place of origin, is the real value of this film. One of them declined, with regrets that devour him, turned to alcohol and aware of his tremendous loneliness. And the other character also disenchanted with life, immersed in a solitude voluntary death of his infant son, and full of fears for the job failure. The two coincide at a bar. and the two will at the same time needed to complete the lack of a good friend to her. Then make contact, contact, awkward, but a contact that is superbly led, beautifully narrated, like a romantic episode, with some nice sequences, and other moments of tension and suspicion are also spot on. The two men show their desire to be known, have realized that without a friend to talk nonsense and fun, and get it despite being so different. Whoever sees this film with a good heart will find a nice movie, nice and real. Then they separated, because life goes, but friendship has already germinated and there it is.

We know many professional murderers, from Walter Matthau or Edward Fox (The Jackal 1973), all characters in absolute seriousness, an unquestionable professionalism, rigor and a full warranty on their work, they all opposed to "Julian Noble" . "The Matador" is a very funny film, has personality and manages to catch the viewer with his dry humor and their original quarters, it is highly recommended.


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