The Matador (2005)

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arlin Miller ...
Radio DJ (voice)
Azucena Medina ...
Wiveca Bonerais ...
Skinny Mexican Man
Hotel Bartender 1
Ramon Alvarez ...
Shooting Stand Owner
Luz Maria Molina ...
School Girl
Carolyn Horwitz ...
Cantina Turista #1


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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A hitman and a salesman walk into a bar...

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

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Release Date:

27 January 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Matador  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$92,312 (USA) (30 December 2005)


$12,570,442 (USA) (17 March 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The sombrero worn by Pierce Brosnan in the film was sold at auction for $22,000. See more »


When Julian is telling Danny that he has to go to Arizona, the first time we see him (Julian) drinking orange juice, the clock on the wall behind him shows 5:45am. In all subsequent shots, the clock is relative to a base time of 5:28am. See more »


Julian Noble: [after flirting with some Mexican schoolgirls] I hate these Catholic countries. It's all blushy-blushy and no sucky-fucky.
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Crazy Credits

"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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Written by Emilio Acevedo (as E. Acevedo), Javier de la Cueva (as J. De La Cueva),
Dave Ganz (as D. Ganz), Julian Lede (as J. Lede), Bob Meyer (as B. Meyer)
Performed by Titan
Courtesy of EMI Mexico
By Arrangement with EMI Film & TV Music
(Contains a sample of "Satan's Theme" performed by Satan's Pilgrims, Courtesy of MuSick Recordings,
by arrangement with Bug)
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All sass and no blood; movie shows Pierce Brosnan's comedic flair
16 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Matador" stars Pierce Brosnan as a burned out assassin. He's James Bond gone to seed, in too-tight, garish clothes, gold chains, and an ugly haircut. Our struggling assassin, Julian Noble, is in Mexico, trying to regain his nerve. Staying at the same hotel is a likable, down-on-his luck businessman Danny Wright (Greg Kinnear), also trying to regain his equilibrium. Danny is desperate to close a deal and return to his wife in Denver (Hope Davis) with good news.

Noble and Wright unexpectedly become friends. Wright convinces Noble to reveal certain techniques, which he demonstrates at a bullfight. Noble is eventually targeted by his employers and shows up in Denver.

Writer and director Richard Shepard did the Q&A after this delightful movie at the Austin Film Festival. Shepard was also down on his luck. After suffering the loss of his agent and rejection of recent scripts, he decided to write a story no one would buy and create a character no one would want to play. Then Pierce Brosnan called. Brosnan regains his equilibrium in this movie. (There is life after Bond!) He has a wonderful flair for self-deprecating comedy. Don't miss it.

Stay for the closing credits to read what the filmmakers say about bullfighting. I look forward to more of Richard Shepard's projects.

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