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The Matador (2005)

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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.



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



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


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) »


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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Release Date:

27 January 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Matador  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$12,570,442 (USA) (17 March 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The producers quickly discovered the actors responded just as positively to the scripted material as they had. Co-star Greg Kinnear, who portrays Denver-based businessman Danny Wright, said: "[Director] Richard Shepard had written a script that was very believable, had great plausibility to it and was just kind of surprisingly emotional and funny. It had a whole culmination of things that I really followed in the script. It felt very human to me, the idea of this character, this very regular person heading off to a foreign country and coming across somebody who's not part of his life, not part of his universe and how those two people might interact." See more »


When Julian is telling the story about his first mistake in Manila, the camera can be seen, hidden behind palm leaves and bamboo, when two guys holding a mirror are walking through the frame. See more »


Julian Noble: Just consider me the best cocktail party story you ever met.
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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 »


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


Produced by Nick South
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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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