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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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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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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) (1 January 2006)

Gross:

$12,594,698 (USA) (30 March 2006)
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A key character in the story is the location of Mexico City, where Danny and Julian meet. "This is the second film that I've done in Mexico," said writer-director Richard Shepard. "I feel very at home here 'cause I'm from New York and Mexico City reminds me of New York City." Shepard cites the city's art scene, cultural warmth, and diversity as factors in making Mexico so compelling. "It's the size of Los Angeles, but with the population of New York times four," he said. "It's huge and that vitality of the city, you can see it in our film, you can feel it, the actors felt it on the streets." Shepard also said: "Mexican crews are great. They're hard working, funny and passionate. The reward in being there is a new and vibrant way to look at things. I think our film captures the energy of Mexico." 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 »

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Julian Noble: An assassin without confidence is a horrible thing to behold. It's like a relief pitcher who fumbles the ball.
Danny Wright: Please tell me you know you mixed two sports in a metaphor.
Julian Noble: Huh? Yeah, I can't do that.
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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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Stunning performance by Brosnan sadly wrapped in a mediocre film
9 August 2006 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

A hit-man who is The Dude and Bad Santa both at once.

Pierce Brosnan is at his best and most hilarious in Richard Sherpherd's The Matador (2005), as a booze-drenched over the hill hit-man who loves bullfights, tacky clothes and teenage girls. It is his unapologetic lust for the latter that provide some great laughs in the film.. There is nothing funnier than hearing a sleazy, broken-down version of James Bond exclaim after ogling some Catholic schoolgirls, "God I hate these Catholic countries; it's all blushy blushy, no suckie fuckie."

So Brosnan has a terrifically dirty mouth in The Matador and this is juxtaposed with Greg Kinnear's goody-goody family man character in their newfound, unlikely friendship. Both these characters elicit real sympathy, but especially Brosnan who should be a very unlikable character, a man desperate for a meaningful relationship in his life but just can't stop himself from saying the wrong things. We follow these two very different men as they learn from each other and start changing their lives, projecting equal doses of heart and humour.

The Matador effective in the sense that it mixes absurdity and quirkiness just right and glazes it with a dark comedy coating feel. It is also quite funny thanks to its Brosnan performance, but it does not have much in the way of a plot and no other characters or detours are even worth mentioning - so it is sadly very forgettable. Still, if you are even a slight fan of Brosnan's I urge you to see this film which is easily his greatest performance, and it's a crime he wasn't showered with awards for it.

6.5/10


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