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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Arlin Miller ...
Radio DJ (voice)
Azucena Medina ...
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Wiveca Bonerais ...
Ten Year Old Boy's Mother
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Genevive
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Skinny Mexican Man
Antonio Zavala Kugler ...
Hotel Bartender 1
Ramon Alvarez ...
Shooting Stand Owner
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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hitman | mexico city | bar | mexico | luck | See All (291) »

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$12,570,442 (USA) (17 March 2006)
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Philip Baker Hall, who worked previously with Pierce Brosnan on the film Livewire (2007), said he not only likes the name of his Mr. Randy character, it was a chance to play a great 'bad guy.' Hall said: "I've played a lot of secretaries of defense, judges, bank presidents, lawyers and roles like that. So, an opportunity to do what is probably a really, really bad guy, I don't get that chance very often." Unlike other characters he's played, Hall said: "I felt Mr. Randy was an actual, living breathing person. Something about him jumped off the page for me. I was anxious to do it." Star Pierce Brosnan said: "Mr. Randy is the father figure for Julian. He's got this voice that comes from his feet up and his face shows so much character. Philip is brilliant to work with in a scene." Hall believes his character followed a similar path as Julian. Hall said: "They can't have normal relationships really, so it seems natural that the men who are in this together see each other as family. I think over the years a father-son relationship has developed between them. He once was the hit man, like Julian, and moved up to his present level." See more »

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When Julian and Danny are at the bullfight, Danny is wearing a light blue shirt and khaki pants. Afterwards when they're both having a drink at the outdoor cafe, Danny appears to be wearing a yellow button down shirt under his jacket with dark blue pants. The scene immediately after, when Danny is sitting on the floor listening to a message from his partner, he is back to wearing the light blue shirt and khaki pants. See more »

Quotes

[trying to convince Danny to help him on a hit]
Julian Noble: Come on! It'll be a good time!
Danny Wright: Oh, so now killing people is a good time?
Julian Noble: ...Can be.
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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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Referenced in Yes Man (2008) See more »

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Dorado
Written by Daniel Indart
Performed by Mariachi La Estrella
Courtesy of LMS Records
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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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