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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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Arlin Miller ...
Radio DJ (voice)
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Genevive
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Skinny Mexican Man
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Hotel Bartender 1
Ramon Alvarez ...
Shooting Stand Owner
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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 (297) »

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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)  »

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was shot in just 40 days in and around Mexico City. See more »

Goofs

When Julian first meets Danny at the hotel bar in one shot he is seen smoking his cigarette, but when the camera angle changes he is not any more. 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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For my Dad, who loved movies. See more »

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Sinaloa
Written by Daniel Indart
Performed by Banda La Estrella
Courtesy of LMS Records
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Blushy, Blushy ...
7 January 2006 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Much anticipated, twisted comedy from writer/director Richard Shepard is a coming out party for Pierce Brosnan the actor. That Bond guy is gone. This new guy is something else entirely!! Have read that Shepard thought Brosnan was too much the pretty boy for this plum role, but Brosnan proves to be the perfect Julian Noble, "Facilitator" ... and is anything but pretty! Do not underestimate how twisted the humor is in this one. If you go, expect punch lines and sight gags regarding all types of sex, killing, religion, sports, business and anything else you might deem politically incorrect. Brosnan takes an excellent script to another level with his marvelous facial gestures and physical movements. Even sitting on a hotel bed (with or without a sombrero) is a joy to behold.

Greg Kinnear is the straight guy to Brosnan's comic and has plenty of depth and comic timing to make this partnership click. Hope Davis has a small, but subtly effective supporting role as Kinnear's wife (what's with her name "Bean"?) who happens to get a little excited when she has a facilitator in her living room.

The visuals and settings are perfect - including a bullfight, racetrack and Denver suburb. And how often do we get The Killers and Xavier Cugat on the same soundtrack? This one is definitely not for everyone, but if your sense of humor is a bit off center and you enjoy risky film-making, it could be for you.


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