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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.

Director:

Richard Shepard

Writer:

Richard Shepard
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierce Brosnan ... Julian Noble
Arlin Miller Arlin Miller ... Radio DJ (voice)
Azucena Medina Azucena Medina ... Young Denver Fling
Jonah Meyerson ... Ten Year Old Boy
Wiveca Bonerais Wiveca Bonerais ... Ten Year Old Boy's Mother
Greg Kinnear ... Danny Wright
Hope Davis ... Carolyn 'Bean' Wright
Adam Scott ... Phil Garrison
Portia Dawson ... Genevive
Roberto Sosa ... Skinny Mexican Man
Antonio Zavala Kugler ... Hotel Bartender 1
Ramon Alvarez Ramon Alvarez ... Shooting Stand Owner
Luz Maria Molina Luz Maria Molina ... School Girl
Philip Baker Hall ... Mr. Randy
Carolyn Horwitz Carolyn Horwitz ... Cantina Turista #1
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Ireland | Mexico | Germany | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

27 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Matador See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$69,100, 1 January 2006

Gross USA:

$12,594,698

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,315,318
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Pierce Brosnan, Richard Shepard, and Catherine Marie Thomas (Cat), all met to discuss the look of Brosnan's hitman Julian Noble, all agreed the character would depart completely from Brosnan's James Bond persona, and his Thomas Crown character, in The Thomas Crown Affair (1999). Thomas said: "I looked at a lot of old pictures of Pierce, stuff from the eighties, where he actually did have a mustache, and there was just something so different about it. It fit this man who was past his prime, holding onto something he doesn't have anymore. Maybe, a little sleazy." Shepard said: "From the beginning, I wanted Pierce to have a mustache and a crew cut, and in Cat's first meeting with me, she said, 'I think he should have a mustache' and I jumped, 'you're hired'. The best part was when we had a rehearsal in Los Angeles two weeks before shooting, and I had not seen Pierce in months, and he shows up with a crew cut and mustache. If you could have seen my smile that day, 'cause I knew he was totally going to go for it'." See more »

Goofs

When Julian first meets Danny at the hotel bar in one shot he is seen smoking his cigarette, but when the camera angle changes he is not any more. See more »

Quotes

Genevive: Mr. Noble, how are you today?
Julian Noble: More importantly, how are you...
[looks at nametag]
Julian Noble: ...Genevive?
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Crazy Credits

For my Dad, who loved movies. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Dorado
Written by Daniel Indart
Performed by Mariachi La Estrella
Courtesy of LMS Records
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User Reviews

 
Really worthy film
10 December 2005 | by BARBARA_FIXXSee all my reviews

This film is fantastic. Finally well-written characters you can love for all their good and bad. Pierce Brosnan is flat-out hysterical in this self-effacing role. I think its the best thing he's ever done. He's done other roles that exhibited shades of being capable of this kind of fully-fledged work, but this role finally gave him the room to run with it. I almost died when he walked across the hotel lobby in his underwear and boots. And Greg Kinnear and Hope Davis are a couple to aspire too, as well as actors to aspire too. Kinnear is so goofy likable that his turn in the end is truly gratifying. You give good actors good work to play with and they give us something more back.


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