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The Killer (2017)

O Matador (original title)
A Brazilian western about Cabeleira, a feared killer living in the countryside of Pernambuco State in the 40's.


Marcelo Galvão


Marcelo Galvão
2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Maria de Medeiros
Thaila Ayala ... Renata
Diogo Morgado ... Cabeleira
Mel Lisboa Mel Lisboa
Will Roberts ... Gringo
Etienne Chicot ... Monsieur Blanchard
Phil Miler ... Mr. Steiner
Marat Descartes Marat Descartes
Francisco Gaspar Francisco Gaspar ... Geraldo
Daniela Galli Daniela Galli ... Fernanda
Paulo Gorgulho Paulo Gorgulho ... Tenente Sobral
Igor Cotrim Igor Cotrim
Allan Souza Lima Allan Souza Lima
Thaís Cabral Thaís Cabral ... Soraia
Carol Leiderfarb Carol Leiderfarb ... Charlotte


A Brazilian western about Cabeleira, a feared killer living in the countryside of Pernambuco State in the 40's.

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Release Date:

10 November 2017 (USA) See more »

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Gatacine, Swen Group See more »
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Sound Mix:

6-Track Stereo (5.1)
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The movie was inspired by a book called "o cabeleira", which is part of the cassical brazilian literature. See more »

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A credits sequence plays at the very beginning, but only the actors are listed. The title of the movie isn't shown until the 11-minute mark. Then, the rest of the main credits roll during a scene. See more »

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More savage than anything you might have seen in westerns
12 November 2017 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

I remember when I saw my first Italian western the the shock of seeing the brutality, cruelty and violence that I was not used to in the Americans .Eventually I got used to it and enjoyed the Sergio Leones and no doubt the great Peckinpah was influenced by them. Seeing " O Matador" you realize it is one step further it is definitely more savage than anything you might have seen in westerns. There are references to "Seven Men from Now" and "Once Upon a Time in the West" which shows that they know and appreciate their subject. The story of Cabeleireira, the killer who is doing it for the stones is gripping and involving specially because of the environment, barren, and with poor, primitive towns. The only problem is the film moves too fast, and not too clearly giving you a hard time to follow it. Nevertheless because of its unconventionality I recommend it to those who like the genre.

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