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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 ...
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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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Storyline

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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27 January 2006 (USA)  »

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Matador  »

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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Trivia

Writer-director Richard Shepard's agent sent the movie's script as a writing sample to film company Irish DreamTime which is the production house of producers Beau St. Clair and Pierce Brosnan. Shepard said: "But before you know it, I'm getting a call from Pierce saying he wants to produce and star in it. Yet it still maintains its edgy script. It's still a character driven story. I think that's why it attracted Pierce in the first place." In the end, Shepard's little US $250,000 digital feature got a whole lot bigger. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Julian Noble: Now, escape routes.
Danny Wright: Escape routes?
Julian Noble: Well you don't want to get caught right?
Danny Wright: Oh, right.
Julian Noble: Don't get caught. It sucks.
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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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A Mi Guitarra
Written and Performed by Daniel Indart
Courtesy of LMS Records
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Really worthy film
10 December 2005 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This film is fantastic. Finally well-written characters you can love for all their good and bad. Pierce Brosnan is flat-out hysterical in this self-effacing role. I think its the best thing he's ever done. He's done other roles that exhibited shades of being capable of this kind of fully-fledged work, but this role finally gave him the room to run with it. I almost died when he walked across the hotel lobby in his underwear and boots. And Greg Kinnear and Hope Davis are a couple to aspire too, as well as actors to aspire too. Kinnear is so goofy likable that his turn in the end is truly gratifying. You give good actors good work to play with and they give us something more back.


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