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

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

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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) (30 December 2005)

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$12,570,442 (USA) (17 March 2006)
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Producer Bryan Furst said: "This is, in a sense, the anti-Bond. This film takes fearless, almost blank consciousness and has him reflect upon this crazy life of international intrigue and murder. Self-reflection in most spy movies is generally kind of brushed over. This is a story about a man who actually does these things and is coming to a point where he's starting to reflect on these things. James Bond is obviously the highly romanticized version of that life. So, it ended up being really perfect when we imagined Pierce [Pierce Brosnan] as Julian [Noble]." See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Danny Wright: [discussing possible escape routes] That door over there, if it weren't locked.
Julian Noble: A Vietnamese girl I once knew had her legs so locked together I couldn't get a whiff of her spring roll. Two drinks, half a quaalude later, I was at an all you can eat buffet. Every lock can be broken. It's just a matter of will and whether it's worth it.
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"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 »


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Hunt Quartet-Adagio
Written by Joseph Haydn
Courtesy of Extreme Music
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All sass and no blood; movie shows Pierce Brosnan's comedic flair
16 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Matador" stars Pierce Brosnan as a burned out assassin. He's James Bond gone to seed, in too-tight, garish clothes, gold chains, and an ugly haircut. Our struggling assassin, Julian Noble, is in Mexico, trying to regain his nerve. Staying at the same hotel is a likable, down-on-his luck businessman Danny Wright (Greg Kinnear), also trying to regain his equilibrium. Danny is desperate to close a deal and return to his wife in Denver (Hope Davis) with good news.

Noble and Wright unexpectedly become friends. Wright convinces Noble to reveal certain techniques, which he demonstrates at a bullfight. Noble is eventually targeted by his employers and shows up in Denver.

Writer and director Richard Shepard did the Q&A after this delightful movie at the Austin Film Festival. Shepard was also down on his luck. After suffering the loss of his agent and rejection of recent scripts, he decided to write a story no one would buy and create a character no one would want to play. Then Pierce Brosnan called. Brosnan regains his equilibrium in this movie. (There is life after Bond!) He has a wonderful flair for self-deprecating comedy. Don't miss it.

Stay for the closing credits to read what the filmmakers say about bullfighting. I look forward to more of Richard Shepard's projects.


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