6.8/10
40,392
234 user 191 critic

The Matador (2005)

Trailer
2:30 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
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.

Director:

Writer:

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

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The story of what happens after a master thief achieves his last big score, when the FBI agent who promised he'd capture him is about to do just that.

Director: Brett Ratner
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, Woody Harrelson
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A tailor living in Panama reluctantly becomes a spy for a British agent.

Director: John Boorman
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Geoffrey Rush, Jamie Lee Curtis
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

At the end of the Civil War, a colonel hunts down a man with whom he has a grudge.

Director: David Von Ancken
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Liam Neeson, Anjelica Huston
Crime | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A very rich and successful playboy amuses himself by stealing artwork, but may have met his match in a seductive detective.

Director: John McTiernan
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Rene Russo, Denis Leary
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Amidst a sea of litigation, two New York City divorce lawyers find love.

Director: Peter Howitt
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Julianne Moore, Parker Posey
Shattered (2007)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A perfect family's dynamic is ruined by a kidnapper's brutally efficient plot.

Director: Mike Barker
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Maria Bello, Gerard Butler
Live Wire (1992)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Danny O'Neill is a bomb disposal expert assigned to a case where terrorists have developed an "invisible" liquid explosive which is activated within the human body. The target of the ... See full summary »

Director: Christian Duguay
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Ron Silver, Ben Cross
Grey Owl (1999)
Biography | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The story of the life and work of the Canadian fur trapper-turned-conservationist who claimed to be an aboriginal North American.

Director: Richard Attenborough
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Stewart Bick, Vlasta Vrana
The Match (1999)
Comedy | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Two Scottish pub soccer teams play each other in order to resolve a century-old grudge. Whoever wins the game gets to keep the other team's pub.

Director: Mick Davis
Stars: Max Beesley, Isla Blair, James Cosmo
The Nephew (1998)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A little island off Ireland. A small town. An old conflict. Fresh wind.

Director: Eugene Brady
Stars: Niall Toibin, Sinéad Cusack, Luke Griffin
Dante's Peak (1997)
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A vulcanologist arrives at a countryside town recently named the second most desirable place to live in America and discovers that the long dormant volcano, Dante's Peak, may wake up at any moment.

Director: Roger Donaldson
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, Jamie Renée Smith
Nancy Astor (TV Mini-Series 1982)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Virginia-born Lady Astor is the first woman to sit in Parliament. Her outspokenness in unpopular causes leaves her open to heartbreak, public and private.

Stars: Lisa Harrow, Lise Hilboldt, James Fox
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Arlin Miller ...
Radio DJ (voice)
Azucena Medina ...
...
Wiveca Bonerais ...
...
...
...
...
Genevive
...
Skinny Mexican Man
Antonio Zavala Kugler ...
Hotel Bartender 1
Ramon Alvarez ...
Shooting Stand Owner
Luz Maria Molina ...
School Girl
...
Carolyn Horwitz ...
Cantina Turista #1
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

hitman | mexico city | bar | mexico | luck | See All (291) »

Taglines:

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

|

Release Date:

27 January 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Matador  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$12,570,442 (USA) (17 March 2006)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie was acquired by the Weinstein Company during the Sundance Film Festival in January 2005. See more »

Goofs

When Danny meets Julian in the bar, in the close-up, he's holding his drink by the glass; in the wider shot, he's suddenly holding it by the stem. See more »

Quotes

Bean: Aren't we fucking cosmopolitan? Having a trained assassin stay overnight. Letting heartbreaking lies roll over us like a summer breeze.
See more »

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 »

Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 7 January 2006 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Sinaloa
Written by Daniel Indart
Performed by Banda La Estrella
Courtesy of LMS Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Entertaining crime comedy with Pierce Brosnan in a very successful comic turn
15 November 2006 | by (The Dutch Mountains) – See all my reviews

Pierce Brosnan has sipped his last Martini and returns, in an outrageous self-parody, as the aging foul-mouthed boozy assassin Julian Noble, who has a particular fondness for teenage girls, bullfights and tacky clothes. During a job in Mexico City he meets Danny (Greg Kinnear), a straight-faced Denver suburban business-man, who's in town to make his deal of-a-life-time, in a hotel bar. Despite their completely different personalities and Julian's crude and insensible remarks, they become friends.

Largely carried by the performances of Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear, director Richard Shepard revealed that he didn't write the film with Pierce Brosnan in mind , but I can hardly imagine this without him. He proves to have a real talent for comedy and can be more than just James Bond or cold-war spies. The scene in which the two meet at a glossy hotel bar (stunning sets and beautifully photographed) really is a bravura piece of acting skills. The scene lasts almost fifteen minutes, and although it was probably carefully scripted, the two actors are largely improvising, but they succeed wonderfully! It almost feels like a new standard in screen acting. Think of Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel in MEAN STEETS improvising and add one of the most subtle underpinnings of many genre clichés and the actors' own typecasting (Brosnan's James Bond in particular), and you got one of the most delightful pairings in recent Hollywood.

Sadly, the story wears thin after a while. After an hour, the film just runs out of steam. Nevertheless, and I can't put my finger on it exactly, I did enjoy this very much. It just feels very fresh and original, with some imaginative use of sets and lighting, and some hints to Seijun Suzuki and Jean-Pierre Melville. The other characters aren't given much to do, but this film does offer something new, in that respect it almost effortlessly succeeds in blending all conventional genres into quite an entertaining spoof. Very amusing.

Camera Obscura --- 7/10


25 of 29 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
don't waste your time pattydez109
Discuss The Matador (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?