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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

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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

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

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film features a character named "Mr. Stick", portrayed by William Raymond. In Stick (1985), Burt Reynolds portrayed Ernest Stickley, whose nickname was "Stick". See more »

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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

Julian Noble: [after flirting with some Mexican schoolgirls] I hate these Catholic countries. All blushy-blushy no sucky-fucky.
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Crazy Credits

For my Dad, who loved movies. See more »


Soundtracks

1, 2, 3, 4
Written by Emilio Acevedo (as E. Acevedo), Javier de la Cueva (as J. De La Cueva),
Dave Ganz (as D. Ganz), Julian Lede (as J. Lede), Bob Meyer (as B. Meyer)
Performed by Titan
Courtesy of EMI Mexico
By Arrangement with EMI Film & TV Music
(Contains a sample of "Satan's Theme" performed by Satan's Pilgrims, Courtesy of MuSick Recordings,
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All sass and no blood; movie shows Pierce Brosnan's comedic flair
16 November 2005 | by btyson-1See 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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