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The Matador (2005)

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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Arlin Miller ...
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Genevive
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Skinny Mexican Man
Antonio Zavala Kugler ...
Hotel Bartender 1
Ramon Alvarez ...
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Luz Maria Molina ...
School Girl
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Carolyn Horwitz ...
Cantina Turista #1
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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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27 January 2006 (USA)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$12,570,442 (USA) (17 March 2006)
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Both Mortdecai (2015) and The Matador (2005) feature the Tom Jones song "It's Not Unusual" (1965), the latter in a montage sequence in middle of the movie, and the former used the track particularly with its promotional trailers and television spots. Both movies are comedies spoofing the espionage-action-adventure-thriller genres and both pictures were made and released around exactly a decade apart. Moreover, the lead central characters in both films, played by Johnny Depp and Pierce Brosnan respectively, both noticeably sport a moustache in each picture. The Matador (2005) movie debuted in the 40th Anniversary year of the famous song whilst the Mortdecai (2015) movie premiered in the classic track's 50th Anniversary year. 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: My handler, Mr. Randy, contacted me the way he always does, through an ad in the International Tribune looking for cat sitters in Bali.
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For my Dad, who loved movies. See more »

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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.37 (2010) See more »

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(Yo Te Amo Mucho) And That's That
(1946)
Written by Xavier Cugat, Ervin Drake, Sam H. Stept (as Sam Stept)
Performed by Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra (as Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra)
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
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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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