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The Magnificent Matador (1955)

In Mexico City, rich American Karen Harrison falls in-love with famous bullfighter Luis Santos who hides a personal secret regarding his young protege bullfighter Rafael Reyes.

Director:

Budd Boetticher

Writers:

Charles Lang (screenplay), Budd Boetticher (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maureen O'Hara ... Karen Harrison
Anthony Quinn ... Luís Santos
Manuel Rojas Manuel Rojas ... Rafael Reyes
Richard Denning ... Mark Russell
Thomas Gomez ... Don David
Lola Albright ... Mona Wilton
William Ching ... Jody Wilton (as William Brooks Ching)
Eduardo Noriega ... Miguel
Lorraine Chanel Lorraine Chanel ... Sarita Sebastian
Anthony Caruso ... Emiliano
Jesus 'Chucho' Solorzano Jesus 'Chucho' Solorzano ... Himself
Joaquín Rodríguez 'Cagancho' Joaquín Rodríguez 'Cagancho' ... Himself
Rafael Rodríguez Rafael Rodríguez ... Himself
Antonio Velasquez Antonio Velasquez ... Himself
Jorge 'Ranchero' Aguilar Jorge 'Ranchero' Aguilar ... Himself
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Storyline

Karen Harrison is a spoiled, rich, American predator who falls head-over-heels for the brooding, tormented, about-to-retire matador, Luis Santos who has inexplicably run away prior to a corrida that was to occasion the "alternativa" of a young, up-and-coming bullfighter. The mystery is solved 94 minutes later, after Maureen has conquered Tony and Tony has saved Marueen's life by caping a toro bravo with his plaid horse blanket. Written by Stanley Conrad <sconrad2@cris.com>

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The most dangerous game on earth !

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1956 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

The Number One See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints)| Mono (Western Electric Recording) (optical prints)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

According to Maureen O'Hara in her memoirs Tis Herself, during the shooting of this movie, many people booed in a scene where a bull was not actually killed. They expected a bull to be sacrificed for every take. Maureen O'Hara said that she was very upset because of this. See more »

Quotes

Karen Harrison: Why don't you get some Sleep
Luís Santos: Not tired
Karen Harrison: But you must be today been pretty rough and I know you didn't sleep much last night.
Luís Santos: You let me worry about that
[Pulls her hair back and kisses her]
Luís Santos: What the matter Ms. Harrison who you try to kid?
Karen Harrison: Because the tequila couldn't help you forget, you you think maybe I can?
Luís Santos: You kidding? Even for what happen at the stables?
Karen Harrison: I'm not a child Mr. Santos
Luís Santos: Then Stop acting like one
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

La Virgen de la Macarena
(uncredited)
Written by Antonio Ortiz Calero and Bernardino Bautista Monterde
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Theme sounds a bit Zimmiliar
13 December 2012 | by cainr68See all my reviews

Interesting point with The Magnificent Matador is that you can see a segment of Raoul Kraushaar's score provides the melody for Hans Zimmer's opening theme in Gladiator. Good technicians have no qualms borrowing from others. Here Hans Zimmer has cut and pasted a full seven note section.

Don't mean to harp here but more text is required. Other sound grabs in Gladiator's opening battle include pieces of ZULU theme. Some reviewers have also claimed the Gauls in the opening battle even appear to be chanting Zulu war cries but I think this is a stretch. What else can the casual observer learn from The Magnificent Matador? Pink supposedly fascinates bulls. Gold embroidery really fascinates matadors.


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