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Matador (1986)

NC-17 | | Drama, Thriller | 7 March 1986 (Spain)
A matador is wounded by a bull and can no longer kill in the arena. It just a one flaw besides many others from several characters whom unsuspected collide.

Director:

Pedro Almodóvar

Writers:

Pedro Almodóvar (story), Jesús Ferrero (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Assumpta Serna ... María
Antonio Banderas ... Ángel
Nacho Martínez ... Diego (as Nacho Martinez)
Eva Cobo ... Eva
Julieta Serrano ... Berta
Chus Lampreave ... Pilar
Carmen Maura ... Julia
Eusebio Poncela ... Comisario
Bibiana Fernández ... Vendedora Flores (as Bibi Andersen)
Luis Ciges ... Guarda
Eva Siva Eva Siva ... Asistenta María y Diego
Verónica Forqué ... Periodista (as Veronica Forque)
Pepa Merino Pepa Merino ... Secretaria María
Lola Peno Lola Peno ... Alumna 1ª
Marisa Tejada Marisa Tejada ... Alumna 2ª
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Storyline

An ex-bullfighter who gets turned on by killing, a lady lawyer with the same fetish and a young man driven insane by his religious upbringing - these are the main characters in this stylish black comedy about dark sides of human nature. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for aberrant sexuality including violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

7 March 1986 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Matador See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$206,952
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film that Maria and Diego stand watching at the cinema is King Vidor's Duel in the Sun (1946), an equal lurid tale of wayward passion. See more »

Connections

References Vertigo (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Espérame en el cielo
Written by P. López Vidal
Performed by Mina
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Excellent movie, very Spanish alike perception of death and life
25 September 1998 | by darekSee all my reviews

Before I saw this movie in late 80-s I knew something about culture, tradition and 'spirit' of Spain, the country which inspired me for years. This movie made an enormous impression on me as it gave me very deep insight into 'real Spanish spirit', i.e. what does death mean to Spanish people in the light if their tradition and culture.

The personality of ex-matador and his behaviour underlined by his words - 'to stop to kill means to dye for me', on the other hand a high class woman being 'infected' with death, treating Diego as her God of Death, and these two 'lost worlds' slowly approaching each other into a fatal bitter end, which was filled with the most beautiful tune ever made (Esperame en el cielo mi corazon...) all this creates an unforgettable and distinctive impression after watching this movie.

Pedro Almodovar you gave us a great piece of art, I believe there are some more pictures that you can bring to us in the future.

Thanks Pedro..............


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