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

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Arlin Miller ...
Radio DJ (voice)
Azucena Medina ...
Young Denver Fling
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Wiveca Bonerais ...
Ten Year Old Boy's Mother
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Phil Garrison
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Skinny Mexican Man
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Ramon Alvarez ...
Shooting Stand Owner
Luz Maria Molina ...
School Girl
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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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Matador  »

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Box Office

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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2.35 : 1
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Irish DreamTime, the production company of Beau St. Clair and Pierce Brosnan, and the production company of the Furst Brothers (Sean Furst and Bryan Furst), Furst Films, had gravitated towards Richard Shepard's screenplay almost simultaneously, and quickly joined forces. The Furst Brothers had just gotten the rights to Shepard's script, and were thrilled Brosnan wanted to play Julian Noble. When St. Clair and Brosnan took it to the Stratus Film Company, the movie got fast-tracked and green-lit. See more »

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When Julian and Danny are at the bullfight, Danny is wearing a light blue shirt and khaki pants. Afterwards when they're both having a drink at the outdoor cafe, Danny appears to be wearing a yellow button down shirt under his jacket with dark blue pants. The scene immediately after, when Danny is sitting on the floor listening to a message from his partner, he is back to wearing the light blue shirt and khaki pants. See more »

Quotes

Julian Noble: I want to retire to a beautiful little Greek island, filled with beautiful little Greeks!
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For my Dad, who loved movies. See more »

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

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Sinaloa
Written by Daniel Indart
Performed by Banda La Estrella
Courtesy of LMS Records
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Humorous and multi-location story with a hit-man at the core.
22 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

The delivery of some very humorous rude lines by Pierce Brosnan is alone worth the price of admission. He plays a kind of "James Bond's psycho twin brother", separated at birth, no doubt. As an intense hit-man, his character is very sexual but even better, very funny. Add the kind-hearted, uber-likable American "guy next door', Greg Kinnear, to set up contrast. The myriad locations, vivid colors, and quick-witted humor provide great entertainment. Hope Davis is well cast as the "gem of a wife". But the focus of the film is on the two fellows, a new "Odd Couple", and that's the part that works very well. Have a great (probably R-rated) laugh, and look for the places where the story goes a little deeper.


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