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The Matador -- 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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27 January 2006 (USA) See more »
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A hitman and a salesman walk into a bar...
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 5 nominations See more »
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"Brosnan, Pierce Brosnan," is not all you think...Matador is KILLER Comedy!! See more (236 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Pierce Brosnan ... Julian Noble
Arlin Miller ... Radio DJ (voice)
Azucena Medina ... Young Denver Fling

Jonah Meyerson ... Ten Year Old Boy
Wiveca Bonerais ... Ten Year Old Boy's Mother

Greg Kinnear ... Danny Wright

Hope Davis ... Carolyn 'Bean' Wright

Adam Scott ... Phil Garrison

Portia Dawson ... Genevive

Roberto Sosa ... Skinny Mexican Man

Antonio Zavala Kugler ... Hotel Bartender 1
Ramon Alvarez ... Shooting Stand Owner
Luz Maria Molina ... School Girl

Philip Baker Hall ... Mr. Randy
Carolyn Horwitz ... Cantina Turista #1
Rachel Schwartz ... Cantina Turista #2
Jorge Robles ... Hotel Bartender 2
Trio Los Rivera ... Hotel Lobby Musicians
Israel Tellez ... The Matador
Guillermo Ruiz ... Fat Man
Hanny Sáenz ... Fat Man's Girlfriend (as Hanny Saens)
Gabriela Goldsmith ... Flirting Woman at Outdoor Café

Claudia Lobo ... Vienna Fling

Maureen Muldoon ... Australian Bar Waitress
Berenice Alvarado ... Budapest Ballerina
Adriana Dávila ... Budapest Ballerina
Silvia Ehnis ... Budapest Ballerina
Deborah Rocha ... Budapest Ballerina
Karla Salvador ... Budapest Ballerina
Isabel Villa ... Budapest Ballerina

Dylan Baker ... Lovell
Arturo Echeverria ... Manila Target (as Arturo Echeverría)
Ramon Valverde ... Young Julian in Manila
William Raymond ... Mr. Stick
Alejandro Amaya ... Additional Matador
Jose Luis Angelino ... Additional Matador
Guillermo Capetillo ... Additional Matador
Humberto Flores ... Additional Matador
Jose Mauricio Morett ... Additional Matador
Federico Pizarro ... Additional Matador
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Penelope Kaufer ... Lady Flirting in a Bar (uncredited)
Vivianne Nacif ... Voice on Answering Machine (voice) (uncredited)
Benjamin Ocaranza ... Fisherman (uncredited)
César Ámigo Aguilar ... Man in Bar (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Shepard 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Richard Shepard (written by)

Produced by
Susanne Bohnet .... co-producer
Stephen Break .... co-producer
Pierce Brosnan .... producer
Ricardo Del Río .... co-producer
Bryan Furst .... producer
Sean Furst .... producer
Mark Gordon .... executive producer
Manfred D. Heid .... co-producer (as Manfred Heid)
Bradley Jenkel .... co-producer (as Brad Jenkel)
Gerd Koechlin .... co-producer
Josef Lautenschlager .... executive producer
Adam Merims .... executive producer
Chris Miller .... post-production producer: Visionbox Media Group
Andrew Reimer .... executive producer (as Andy Reimer)
Amanda Scarano .... associate producer (as Amanda J. Scarano)
Beau St. Clair .... producer
Andreas Thiesmeyer .... executive producer
Bob Yari .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Rolfe Kent 
 
Cinematography by
David Tattersall (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Carole Kravetz Aykanian  (as Carole Kravetz-Aykanian)
 
Casting by
Sig De Miguel 
Cathy Sandrich Gelfond 
Amanda Mackey  (as Amanda Mackey Johnson)
Wendy Weidman 
 
Production Design by
Robert Pearson  (as Rob Pearson)
 
Art Direction by
Marcelo Del Rio 
 
Set Decoration by
Carlos Gutiérrez 
Patrice Laure 
 
Costume Design by
Catherine Marie Thomas  (as Catherine Thomas)
 
Makeup Department
Lourdes Delgado .... hair stylist
Esther Lomeli .... hair stylist
Sandra Migueli .... makeup artist
Rick Provenzano .... key hair stylist
Bron Roylance .... key makeup artist
Raquel Russey .... makeup assistant (as Raquel Bussey)
 
Production Management
Pablo Buelna .... unit manager
Emmanuel Cabare .... assistant unit manager (as Emmanuel Cabaré)
Arturo del Río .... unit production manager (as Arturo Del Rio)
Susann Jones .... post-production supervisor: Visionbox Media Group
Robert Katz .... executive in charge of production
Adam Merims .... unit production manager (as Adam J. Merims)
John Portnoy .... post-production executive: Yari Film Group
Louise Runge .... post-production manager: Yari Film Group
Amanda Scarano .... production supervisor (as Amanda J. Scarano)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Renan Bendersky .... key second assistant director (as Renan M. Bendersky)
Marco Polo Constandse .... second assistant director
Richard L. Fox .... first assistant director
Frederic Henocque .... first assistant director: Mexico
Jorge Riggen .... assistant director: second unit
 
Art Department
Fernando Acevedo .... property assistant
Juan Carlos Chavez .... art swing gang
José Mtz. Cruz .... art swing gang
José Luis Cuevas .... set dresser
Esteban Cárdenas .... art swing gang
Alisarine Ducolomb .... art department supervisor
Augusto Echeverría .... set dresser
Enrique Echeverría .... assistant art director
Jesús Flores .... painter: S.T.I.C. Union
Isidoro Garcia .... art swing gang (as Isidoro García)
Martha E. García .... art assistant
Felix Manuel Perez Gonzalez .... key carpenter: S.T.y M. Union (as Félix Pérez)
Otniel Gonzalez .... property master (as Niel Gonzalez)
Jonás González .... mural painter
Laura González .... art department coordinator (as Laura Mónica González)
José A. Herrera .... art swing gang
Michael Humpfrey .... art swing gang
José Luis Jiménez .... property assistant
Víctor Hugo Jácome .... mural painter
Terry Lalos .... on-set dresser
Enrique Lechuga .... camera painter
Luis Fernándo López .... set dressing assistant
Margarito López .... foreman: S.T.y M. Union
Juan Carlos Manjarrez .... storyboard artist
Rodolfo Martínez Mijarez .... freelance construction foreman (as Rodolfo Mtz Mijarez)
Antonio Mata .... on-set property master
Alejandro Medina .... art assistant
José Moreno .... on-set dresser
Julián Navarro .... art swing gang
Ligia Ornelas .... art assistant
Celso Peña .... property master
Gabriela Preciado .... art assistant
Gabriela Preciado .... graphic designer
Hugo Preciado .... set dresser
Jorge Rodríguez .... property man (as Jorge Rodriguez)
Joel Romo .... art swing gang
Saúl Rosales .... key painter: S.T.y M. Union
Joseph Strachan .... storyboard artist
Elias Tagle .... head carpenter: S.T.I.C. Union
Marco A. Tello .... art swing gang
Bueno Alina Téllez .... draftsman (as Alina Tellez)
Alberto Villaseñor .... construction coordinator
Talía G. Yañez .... mural painter
Juan Manuel de la Fuente .... greensman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jessica Bellfort .... assistant adr editor (as Jessica Bellfort Rankin)
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist
David C. Hughes .... sound designer
Richard Hymns .... supervising sound editor
Howard London .... adr mixer
Brian Magerkurth .... recordist (as Brian D. Magerkurth)
Stuart McCowan .... sound effects editor
Ernesto Muñoz .... boom man
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
Jonathan Null .... foley editor
Santiago Núñez .... sound mixer
George Peterson Jr. .... foley recordist
Brandon Proctor .... re-recording mixer
Joel De La Rosa Ramírez .... cable man
Frank Rinella .... foley mixer
Gary Rizzo .... re-recording mixer (as Gary A. Rizzo)
Ronald G. Roumas .... recordist
Ewa Sztompke .... dialogue editor (as Ewa Sztompke-Oatfield)
Addison Teague .... sound effects editor
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist
Jana Vance .... foley artist
Gwendolyn Yates Whittle .... adr supervisor
Sean England .... digital archivist (uncredited)
Gwendolyn Yates Whittle .... dialog supervisor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jorge Farfan .... special effects coordinator (as Jorge Farfán)
Russell Hajek .... snow effects assistant
William Pape .... coordinator: snow effects
Ricardo Romero .... snow effects assistant
Sergio Jara Jr. .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Greg Astles .... digital fusion artist: Intelligent Creatures
Pauline Burns .... visual effects project manager: Intelligent Creatures
Mike Castillo .... digital intermediate compositor: Laser Pacific Media
Patrick Coffey .... digital fusion artist: Intelligent Creatures
Peter Dydo .... 3d artist: Intelligent Creatures
Mohammad Ghorbankarimi .... digital fusion artist: Intelligent Creatures
Raymond Gieringer .... visual effects creative advisor: Intelligent Creatures Inc.
Jamie Hallett .... digital fusion artist: Intelligent Creatures
Louis Kim .... digital fusion artist: Intelligent Creatures
Lev Kolobov .... digital fusion artist: Intelligent Creatures
Jason Kolodziejczak .... digital fusion artist: Intelligent Creatures
Wendy Lanning .... visual effects producer: Intelligent Creatures Inc.
Ethan Lee .... 3d technical lead: Intelligent Creatures
Sam Lee .... digital fusion artist: Intelligent Creatures
Margarida Leong .... 3d artist: Intelligent Creatures
Kenneth Littleton .... digital intermediate compositor: Laser Pacific Media (as Ken Littleton)
Laurence Lok .... digital fusion artist: Intelligent Creatures
Jason Maher .... 3d artist: Intelligent Creatures
Jim Maxwell .... digital matte artist: Intelligent Creatures
Lon Molnar .... visual effects supervisor: Intelligent Creatures
Wayne Traudt .... 3d artist: Intelligent Creatures
Steve Wright .... digital intermediate compositor: Laser Pacific Media
Lulu Zezza .... visual effects producer: Visionbox Media Group
Ian Britton .... digital compositor: in association with ICVFX (uncredited)
Keith Cooper .... visual effects (uncredited)
Michael Hatton .... visual effects technical advisor: Intelligent Creatures (uncredited)
Valerie McMahon .... digital artist (uncredited)
Andrew Nguyen .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Monty Phillips .... digital artist (uncredited)
Darcy Reno .... systems administrator: Intelligent Creatures (uncredited)
Diane Wright .... digital asset manager: Cinesite/Laser Pacific (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Julian Bucio .... stunt coordinator
Juan Carlos Olalde .... utility stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ramón Acosta .... lighting technician
Pascual Alvarado .... grip
Edgar Ambriz .... lighting technician
Alejandro Arrioja .... additional steadicam operator
Alejandro Casas .... genny operator
Gustavo Castillón .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Alan Kelvin Contreras .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Alan K. Contreras)
Raúl Cortés Martinez .... rigger grip
Ricardo Covarrubias .... rigger grip
Daniel Daza .... stills photographer
Fernando Diaz .... second assistant camera: second unit (as Fernando Díaz)
Bryan Furst .... additional photography supervisor
Juan Guzmán .... grip
Wilma Gómez Luengo .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Wilma Gomez)
Colin Hudson .... Steadicam operator
Constantino Jiménez .... first assistant camera: second unit
Gerardo Manjarrez .... Steadicam operator
Gerardo Manjarrez .... camera operator: "c" camera
Armando Medina .... video assist assistant
Ignacio Sanchez Mejia .... lighting technician (as Ignacio Sánchez)
Carlos Mendoza .... rigger grip
Felipe Morales .... best boy grip
Fernando Moreno .... gaffer
Santiago Navarrete .... camera operator: "c" camera
Eliseo Orozco .... camera loader
Raúl Palacios .... best boy electric
Jesús Rodríguez Barajas .... key grip (as Jesus Rodriguez Barajas)
Manuel Rodríguez .... grip (as Manuel Rodriguez)
Jesús Romero .... dolly grip (as Jesus 'Kimba' Romero)
Guillermo Rosas .... camera operator: second unit
Guillermo Rosas .... director of photography: second unit
Jose Luis Sanchez .... rigging electric (as José Luis Sánchez)
Antonio Sánchez Romero .... best boy electric (as Antonio Sánchez)
Carlos Sánchez .... lighting technician (as Carlos Sanchez)
Miguel Ángel Sánchez .... grip (as Miguel Angel Sánchez)
Raymundo Verde .... assistant camera: "b" camera
Miguel Angel Argumedo .... remote head tech: Crane operator (uncredited)
Alejandro Arrioja .... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Carlos Silva .... video assist operator (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Lori C. Miller .... animator (uncredited)
Mary C. Snyder .... animator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Edna Arriola .... extras casting
Jorge Guerrero .... extras casting
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Carla Hool .... casting: Mexico
Samantha Finkler .... casting associate (uncredited)
Francisco Veyro .... key extras casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mara Castañon .... assistant to costume designer (as Mara Imelda Castañon)
María del Carmen Delvin .... seamstress (as Ma. Del Carmen Delfín)
Fernando Hernández .... wardrobe assistant
Katherine Huang .... costume consultant
María Elena López .... key costumer (as Ma. Elena López)
Edgar Neri .... wardrobe assistant
Jaime Ortiz .... wardrobe supervisor
Ambar Palacios .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Tamika André .... post-production production assistant
Elizabeth Barnette-Marconi .... editing intern: Los Angeles (as Beth Barnette)
Jeff Charles .... digital intermediate data operations: Laser Pacific Media
Blake Maniquis .... additional editor
Mato .... color timer
Bill Newcomb .... post-production coordinator: Visionbox Media Group
Corrine Pooler .... digital intermediate paint supervisor: Laser Pacific Media
Brad Reinke .... digital intermediate producer: Laser Pacific Media
Jennifer Sapanski .... editing intern: New York
Mike Sowa .... digital intermediate colorist: Laser Pacific Media
Linda Williams .... digital intermediate editor: Laser Pacific Media
Lulu Zezza .... digital intermediate producer: VIsionbox Media Group
Michael Kingsbury .... negative conformist (uncredited)
Sean Lawrence .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Jonathan Miller .... post-production services (uncredited)
Steven Joseph St. John .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Omar Arias González .... location manager (as Omar Arias)
Alejandra Cárdenas .... location supervisor (as Alexandra Cárdenas)
Horacio Sandoval .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Scott Cochran .... score mixer
Stephen Coleman .... synthestration
Trevor Gilchrist .... music programmer
Trevor Gilchrist .... score mixer
Richard Glasser .... executive in charge of music: Yari Film Group
Frankie Pine .... music supervisor
Nick South .... music editor
Alice Wood .... assistant music editor
Tony Blondal .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Shiro Gutzie .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Ricardo Díaz Avilés .... transportation coordinator (as Ricardo Díaz)
Enrique Díaz .... transportation captain
Rodolfo Díaz .... driver
Angel Escobedo .... driver
Mario Olivares .... security driver
Charly Romero .... picture car coordinator
Alfonso Paredes .... driver (uncredited)
Ignacio Revelo .... production driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ma. Dolores Acosta .... assistant accountant
Luis Alfonso Aldrete .... warehouse keeper
Andrea Araiz .... office receptionist
Gerardo Arellano .... first assistant accountant
Laura Atkins .... post-production accountant
Roberto Ayala .... catering: Cletus Catering
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances
Pedro Barroeta .... helicopter services: Scala
Mindy Beck .... post-production accountant
Susan Bradley .... title designer
Erik Bright .... production publicist
Wilebardo Bucio .... safety coordinator
Carlos Canales .... set production assistant
Catherine Cappa .... assistant: Daniel Stutz & Meredith Gringlinger
Maury Carvajal .... script supervisor
Larry Casanova .... animal handler
Abel Casillas .... delegate: ANDA
Roberto Castañeda .... press liaison: Mexico
Cesar E. Cerón .... security
Chris Charalambous .... coordinator: Irish Dreamtime
Nicola Conlon .... assistant: Pierce Brosnan
Conor Copeland .... assistant: Mark Gordon, Yari Film Group
Karissa Corday .... loop group
María Raquel Dioni .... set production assistant (as María Dioni)
Judi M. Durand .... loop group (as Judith Durand)
Erin Eggers .... production executive: Yari Film Group
Hugo Esparza .... security
Jenny Fitzgibbons .... head accountant
Angélica Galicia .... assistant accountant
Ernesto Garabito .... assistant production office coordinator
Cesar Garcia .... security
Irma Garcia-Sinclair .... loop group
Enrique García .... expendables
Andrea Gaspar .... loop group
Enriqueta Gijón .... immigration lawyer
Kelli Gillam .... post-production accountant
Rick Gold .... assistant: Neil Sacker, Yari Film Group
Pete Gonzalez .... security
Meredith Grindlinger .... business & legal affairs executive: Yari Film Group
Juan Carlos Gruber .... stand-in: Pierce Brosnan
Andrea Hanson .... assistant: Bob Yari, Yari Film Group
Bruno Hernandez .... bodyguards coordinator (as Bruno Hernández)
Danny Hernández .... security
Patrick Heyerdahl .... key set production assistant
Angelique Higgins .... production executive: Irish Dreamtime
Endre Hules .... loop group
Robert Jesuele .... legal advisor: Equity Pictures, Coudert Brothers (as Robert R. Jesuele)
Daamen J. Krall .... loop group
Lindsey Liberatore .... assistant: Mark Gordon, Yari Film Group
Michael J. Linowes .... legal counsel: Linowes & Burkin (as Michael J. Linowes Esq.)
Armando López .... set security coordinator
Federico G. Madrazo .... translator
Juan Salvador Melgoza .... assistant accountant (as Salvador Melgoza)
Tonyo Meléndez .... loop group (as Tonyo Melendez)
Clemente Mesinas .... catering: Cletus Catering
Arlin Miller .... loop group
Bernardo Mora .... assistant: Richard Shepard and Adam Merims
Daniel Mora .... loop group
Carlos D. Morales .... security
María Concepción Morales .... physician: S.T.I.C. Union (as Ma. Concepción Morales)
Carlos Moreno Jr. .... loop group
Gustavo Morillas .... customs broker: Mexico
Columbia Moya .... choreographer (as Colombia Moya)
David Myers .... aircraft technician (as David Meyers)
Vivianne Nacif .... loop group
Erick Nava .... security
Norberto Nava .... set security supervisor: Safe Filming
Buckley Norris .... insurance broker: US, AOL/Albert G. Rubin
Levi Nunez .... loop group
Fernando Ocampo .... set medic
Rocío Ortega .... horse wrangler: Rancho Los Pirules
J. Ignacio Perez .... dialogue coach: Spanish
Shauna Phelan .... production associate: Furst Films
Dadis Quintos Dimítrova .... set production assistant
Anna Quirino-Miranda .... loop group
Cristian Quiroz Bobadilla .... catering: Cletus Catering (as Cristian Quiroz)
Raul Reformina .... voice-over artist
Roberto Reyna .... physician: S.T.y M. Union (as Roberto J. Reyna)
Arturo Romero .... production accountant: Mexico
Claudia Rosete .... office production assistant
Arturo Saldivar .... key office production assistant (as Arturo Saldívar)
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances
Julie Shapiro .... travel services: Travelcorps
Rolando Solis .... cast security: Vance International
Víctor Solorio .... unit chief (as Victor Solorio)
Paula Sosa .... assistant: Ricardo & Arturo Del Rio
Victor M. Soto .... security
Shelly Strong .... production executive: Yari Film Group
Daniel Stutz .... business & legal affairs executive: Yari Film Group
Zsu Szkurka .... stand-in: Hope Davis
Nicoletta Tartarotti .... legal advisor: Equity Pictures
Michael Taylor .... security
Claudia Valdez .... travel coordinator
Tanya Vidal .... loop group
Sue-Allen Villalva .... production coordinator
Florence Vitse .... stand-in: Greg Kinnear
Luca Ward .... voice dubbing: Pierce Brosnan
Ian Watermeier .... staff coordinator: Yari Film Group
Deborah Wettstein .... finance executive: Yari Film Group
Jose Yenque .... loop group
Catherine Zappa .... assistant: Daniel Stutz and Meredith Grindlinger, Yari Film Group
Antonio Zavala Kugler .... electronic press kit: Mexico
Antonio Zavala Kugler .... making-of: Mexico
Patricia Zavala Kugler .... public relations: Mexico (as Patricia Zavala)
Víctor Zavala Kugler .... electronic press kit: Mexico (as Victor Zavala)
Karl Braun .... scout (uncredited)
Dennis Davidson .... International publicity (uncredited)
Ray Felipe .... script researcher (uncredited)
Suraj Gohill .... production lender (uncredited)
Ladron de Guevara Manuel .... crane assist (uncredited)
Jeanmarie Murphy-Burke .... publicity notes (uncredited)
Emily Sopp .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Perry Armor .... acknowledgement: shark footage © 2004 with oceanfootage.com courtesy of
Stuart Baird .... the producers would like to thank
John Bowe .... the producers would like to acknowledge contributions by
Juan Castañeda .... the producers would like to acknowledge contributions by: Monumental Plaza de Turos (as Mr. Juan Castañeda)
Adolfo Cedeño .... the producers would like to acknowledge contributions by: Hotel Camino Real
Craig Furst .... the producers would like to acknowledge contributions by
Howard Furst .... the producers would like to acknowledge contributions by
Lisa Furst .... the producers would like to acknowledge contributions by
Portia Furst .... the producers would like to acknowledge contributions by
Suzanne Furst .... the producers would like to acknowledge contributions by
Jose Gomez Gonzalez .... the producers would like to acknowledge contributions by
Rosalinda Gonzalez .... the producers would like to acknowledge contributions by: Hotel Camino Real
Billy Gottlieb .... the producers would like to acknowledge contributions by
Rafael Herrerias .... the producers would like to acknowledge contributions by: Monumental Plaza de Turos (as Mr. Rafael Herrerias)
Carolyn Horwitz .... the producers would like to acknowledge contributions by
Thomas Lind .... the producers would like to acknowledge contributions by
Allen Lulu .... the producers would like to acknowledge contributions by
Miguel A. Mancera .... the producers would like to acknowledge contributions by (as Dr. Miguel A. Mancera)
Sally Menke .... the producers would like to thank
Billy Morrissette .... the producers would like to acknowledge contributions by
Lynn Osborne .... the producers would like to acknowledge contributions by
Lloyd Phillips .... the producers would like to acknowledge contributions by
Veronica Quiroz .... the producers would like to acknowledge contributions by: Hotel Camino Real
Elana Rosenblatt .... the producers would like to acknowledge contributions by
Elliot Lewis Rosenblatt .... the producers would like to acknowledge contributions by (as Elliot Rosenblatt)
Anna Roth .... the producers would like to thank
Neil Sacker .... the producers would like to acknowledge contributions by
Pietro Scalia .... the producers would like to thank
Russell Soloway .... the producers would like to acknowledge contributions by
Jonathan Stern .... the producers would like to acknowledge contributions by
Maura Tierney .... the producers would like to thank
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Matador" - International (English title) (informal short title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong sexual content and language
Runtime:
96 min
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Star Pierce Brosnan plays a character called Julian Noble in this movie . Previously, Brosnan had portrayed a character called Ian Dunross in the four episode television mini-series of James Clavell's "Noble House" (1988).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Julian first meets Danny at the hotel bar in one shot he is seen smoking his cigarette, but when the camera angle changes he is not any more.See more »
Quotes:
Julian Noble:I need a break. There's no retirement home for assassins is there? Archery at four. Riflery at five.See more »
Soundtrack:
(Yo Te Amo Mucho) And That's ThatSee more »

FAQ

What's the song on Danny Wright's alarm clock?
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155 out of 190 people found the following review useful.
"Brosnan, Pierce Brosnan," is not all you think...Matador is KILLER Comedy!!, 7 November 2005

A Note: I think it's best if go to the theater thinking, "Pierce Brosnan = James Bond." This is what I was expecting. Normally, I will have seen the trailer before going to a film. In this instance, I saw an advance screening as a part of the Austin Film Festival and had only seen a promotional photo of Brosnan walking away from an exploding car. This reinforced the stereotype I had for Brosnan. I think the distributor of this film would have been wise to promote it in this manner, feeding people's stereotypes by using this James Bond-esquire image, for I think the effectiveness of the comedy may in large measure be a reaction to what a drastic departure it is for Brosnan. And this was, no doubt, his intention.

Plot Summary: The story is about hit man Julian Noble. Noble, on assignment in Mexico City, has somewhat of a meltdown when he realizes his nomadic existence has left him with no one -- no friends or family, not even a place to call home. Desperate for companionship, he starts up conversation with Danny Wright, a normal guy, with a normal life, in town on business. Unaccustomed to normal social etiquette he scares Wright off, but pleads for forgiveness the next day and requests that he accompany him to a bull fight. And the comedy begins as Julian decides to open up to his new friend more about what he does for a living. All is well until Julian realizes his "meltdown" is serious and he is having difficulty following through on his "assignments." He therefore has to ask for help from his new friend Danny.

Analysis: Brosnan took a substantial risk in signing on to this picture. Paying him less than he would normally receive, and requiring that he sport a creepy 'stache, a pot belly and trade in his custom- tailored Armani suits for tight-fitting-euro-pimp threads, you would think he would be out of his element. It turns out to be quite the contrary. Brosnan proves that he is more than James Bond or Thomas Crowne. He proves that he can be one of the most entertaining comedic actors working right now as well. The dynamic between Kinnear and Brosnan is delectable. Kinnear plays such a likable straight man cum everyman, and Brosnan plays such a likable hit man, and the combination of the two is irresistible. Their rapport with each other is so ripe for comedy that you want it in every scene.

While the film uses many conventional cinematic devices, I couldn't help but feel as if I was watching something very fresh and original. Largely, I can attribute this to the performance of Brosnan, but it was also interesting that the film maintained the feel of a fast passed action movie, in keeping with Brosnan's most notable genre.

I highly recommend this film.

JeromeFreeman.com

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