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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 ...
Radio DJ (voice)
Azucena Medina ...
Young Denver Fling
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Wiveca Bonerais ...
Ten Year Old Boy's Mother
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Phil Garrison
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Skinny Mexican Man
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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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Matador  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$92,312, 1 January 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,594,698, 30 March 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,297,244, 6 October 2006
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The DVD sleeve notes for the film state that the film was "an official selection at the Sundance, Toronto, and Deauville film festivals". Fest wreath logos for these three film festivals feature on many promotional materials for the picture. See more »

Goofs

When Julian and Danny get out of the rental car in the middle of the night, in the middle of winter, you can't see their "breath". The scene was obviously shot during warmer weather, using fake snow. See more »

Quotes

Julian Noble: [after flirting with some Mexican schoolgirls] I hate these Catholic countries. It's all blushy-blushy and no sucky-fucky.
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Crazy Credits

For my Dad, who loved movies. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Making of The Matador (2006) See more »

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Dorado
Written by Daniel Indart
Performed by Mariachi La Estrella
Courtesy of LMS Records
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Blushy, Blushy ...
7 January 2006 | by 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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