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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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Richard Shepard

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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Production Notes

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:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$92,312, 1 January 2006

Gross USA:

$12,594,698

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,297,244
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear appeared in Salvation Boulevard (2011) and I Don't Know How She Does It (2011). See more »

Goofs

When Julian is telling Danny that he has to go to Arizona, the first time we see him (Julian) drinking orange juice, the clock on the wall behind him shows 5:45am. In all subsequent shots, the clock is relative to a base time of 5:28am. See more »

Quotes

Danny Wright: [after just learning Julian lied about having a wife] I mean, what else is a lie?
Bean: Are you even an assassin?
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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 »

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A Mi Guitarra
Written and Performed by Daniel Indart
Courtesy of LMS Records
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Ole! Brosnan shines & Shepard proves to be a talent to watch.
9 January 2006 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

THE MATADOR (2005) *** _ Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Hope Davis, Philip Baker Hall, Dylan Baker. Brosnan gives one of his best non-Bondian roles as a middle-aged assassin facing a mid-life crisis while on assignment in Mexico where he befriends a square yet likable American businessman (Kinnear at his most affable) and discovers there is more to life than death. Newbie filmmaker Richard Shepard makes a solid big screen debut with a pointedly wicked black comedy with a sharp eye for visual detail and nuanced dialogue and character development that makes him a talent to watch in this breath-of-fresh-air into the 'buddy comedy' formula skewering what is anticipated of his leads and allowing Brosnan to get his ya-yas out with devilish glee. A sleeper gem indie hit.


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