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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 ...
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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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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$92,312 (USA) (1 January 2006)

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$12,594,698 (USA) (30 March 2006)
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This movie's disclaimer about bulls, bullfights, and bullfighting displayed during the film's final credits roll states: "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 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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When Danny, Bean and Julian are drinking whiskey late at night in the Wright's house, the position of the bottle moves from the table, to on top of a book, and back onto the table again during different camera shots of them all talking. See more »

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Julian Noble: My handler, Mr. Randy, contacted me the way he always does, through an ad in the International Tribune looking for cat sitters in Bali.
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For my Dad, who loved movies. See more »

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

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Written by Emilio Acevedo (as E. Acevedo), Javier de la Cueva (as J. De La Cueva),
Dave Ganz (as D. Ganz), Julian Lede (as J. Lede), Bob Meyer (as B. Meyer)
Performed by Titan
Courtesy of EMI Mexico
By Arrangement with EMI Film & TV Music
(Contains a sample of "Satan's Theme" performed by Satan's Pilgrims, Courtesy of MuSick Recordings,
by arrangement with Bug)
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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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