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The Matador (2005)

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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Julian Noble
Arlin Miller ... Radio DJ (voice)
Azucena Medina ... Young Denver Fling
... Ten Year Old Boy
Wiveca Bonerais ... Ten Year Old Boy's Mother
... Danny Wright
... Carolyn 'Bean' Wright
... Phil Garrison
... Genevive
... Skinny Mexican Man
... Hotel Bartender 1
Ramon Alvarez ... Shooting Stand Owner
Luz Maria Molina ... School Girl
... Mr. Randy
Carolyn Horwitz ... Cantina Turista #1
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A chance encounter between a travelling salesman and a lonely hitman triggers a strangely profound relationship which provokes each to act in ways neither would have imagined possible. Fate steps in to form a friendship between two men from irreconcilable worlds that will alter the lives of both forever. Written by Arclight Films

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A hitman and a salesman walk into a bar...


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Rated R for strong sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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27 January 2006 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$92,312, 1 January 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,594,698, 30 March 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,297,244, 6 October 2006
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The film's title was inspired by the character of Julian Noble, a burned-out killer. Richard Shepard said: "I, by a rule, hate hitman films. I know where they are going. I know all the beats. But I love them as well, because I happen to enjoy an international story involving guns. My goal with the script to 'The Matador' was to write a hitman film I'd actually like to see." See more »

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When Danny meets Julian in the bar, in the close-up, he's holding his drink by the glass; in the wider shot, he's suddenly holding it by the stem. See more »

Quotes

Julian Noble: [after flirting with some Mexican schoolgirls] I hate these Catholic countries. It's all blushy-blushy and no sucky-fucky.
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For my Dad, who loved movies. See more »

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Featured in The Making of The Matador (2006) See more »

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A Town Called Malice
(1982)
Written by Paul Weller
Performed by The Jam
Courtesy of Polydor Ltd. (U.K.)
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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All sass and no blood; movie shows Pierce Brosnan's comedic flair
16 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

"The Matador" stars Pierce Brosnan as a burned out assassin. He's James Bond gone to seed, in too-tight, garish clothes, gold chains, and an ugly haircut. Our struggling assassin, Julian Noble, is in Mexico, trying to regain his nerve. Staying at the same hotel is a likable, down-on-his luck businessman Danny Wright (Greg Kinnear), also trying to regain his equilibrium. Danny is desperate to close a deal and return to his wife in Denver (Hope Davis) with good news.

Noble and Wright unexpectedly become friends. Wright convinces Noble to reveal certain techniques, which he demonstrates at a bullfight. Noble is eventually targeted by his employers and shows up in Denver.

Writer and director Richard Shepard did the Q&A after this delightful movie at the Austin Film Festival. Shepard was also down on his luck. After suffering the loss of his agent and rejection of recent scripts, he decided to write a story no one would buy and create a character no one would want to play. Then Pierce Brosnan called. Brosnan regains his equilibrium in this movie. (There is life after Bond!) He has a wonderful flair for self-deprecating comedy. Don't miss it.

Stay for the closing credits to read what the filmmakers say about bullfighting. I look forward to more of Richard Shepard's projects.


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