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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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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene of the backstage dressing room, Pedro Almodovar makes a cameo appearance as "Francisco Montesinos". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Nekromantik (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Espérame en el cielo
Written by P. López Vidal
Performed by Mina
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early Almodovar, worth watching
26 August 2006 | by dromascaSee all my reviews

It is very much worth watching this early film of Almodovar from 1986, with a painfully young Antonio Banderas also at one of his first major screen presences. As many of his latest great movies it's a film hard to put in a precise square, a combination of comedy and tragedy, of crime, love and corrida movie with a touch of absurd and a touch of passion taken directly from life.

Although many of the major themes of passion, sexual desire and ambiguity, relation between love and death are already present the movie is somehow simpler in action and easier to watch than some of the later films. The story of two sexual predators and murderers, united in life by the passion for bull fights and in death by their passion for each other is acted with accuracy by a good team of actors and directed with an already recognizable style by Almodovar. The hand of the young master is certainly already there, and the film ages well 20 years after is premiere.


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