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The Matador [Blu-ray] (2005)

Pierce Brosnan , Greg Kinnear , Richard Shepard  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Hope Davis, Arlin Miller, Azucena Medina
  • Directors: Richard Shepard
  • Writers: Richard Shepard
  • Producers: Adam Merims, Amanda Scarano, Andreas Thiesmeyer, Andrew Reimer, Beau St. Clair
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: December 21, 2010
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041SI7CK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,874 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Matador [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Lonely hit man Julian (Pierce Brosnan) and struggling salesman Danny (Greg Kinnear) form an unexpected bond during a chance meeting in a Mexican bar. Six months later, the two men set out for the most thrilling adventure of Danny's life and the most criti

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65 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brosnan Completely Creeped Me Out ....It Was Wonderful! February 7, 2006
Think you know Pierce Brosnan as an actor? Think again. This film reveals him as the anti-James Bond, a creepy assassin who suddenly grows a conscience in his waning years. No more REMINGTON STEELE, no more 007. This guy needs a serious injection of scruples.

When Julian Noble (Brosnan) is assigned to "rub someone out," there's no hope for his target. That is until one day he's contracted to take out a man in Manila and has a nervous breakdown, ending up face-down in a pile of donkey dung.

Then we move on to/flashback to Mexico City, where Julian meets up with Danny Wright (Greg Kinnear, ), a down-on-his-luck businessman who tries to befriend Julian in the hotel bar. But Julian's antisocial behavior gets in the way often and nearly forces Danny away. But they form a sort of twisted friendship and Julian takes Danny into his confidence while watching a bullfight and shows him how to function as a killer. Danny is both terrified and exhilarated.

Then, six months later, Julian shows up at Danny's house in Denver and ask for an impossible favor.

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Brosnan deserves an Oscar for his performance as the confused and embattled assassin. I never, ever, ever saw Brosnan but always the character he was portraying. He completely creeped me out, even when some of his humanity returned.

Greg Kinnear was excellent as Brosnan's alter-ego, a Mr. Goody-Two-Shoes guy who needs an infusion of toughness to get his life back on track. The film is strange like that, too. Both men give some of themselves to the other, but in the process lose a portion of what they once were.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Going In For The Kill January 28, 2006
Julian Noble (a witty, debauched, ironic Pierce Brosnan) is a hit-man for hire and at a crossroads in his life: after years of killing for money, bedding anything within sight and inhaling as much liquor as he can, Julian is having trouble carrying off his assignments. Has he developed a conscience? Is he bored? Does he no longer need the money? It's never really made clear but "The Matador" is one of those films in which the journey is much more fun and important than the destination.

Along the way, Julian hooks up with a nebbish Danny Wright (a perfect Greg Kinnear) and Danny's wife (Hope Davis) both of whom hilariously accept Julian at face value: they are both excited and turned on by Julian's occupation and welcome him into their home for conversation, bourbon and pecan pie.

Director Richard Shepard keeps a tight rein on the proceedings and though much of the action has to be seen to be believed, the film rarely bogs down in its own absurdity.

The revelation of "The Matador" is of course Pierce Brosnan and, with this part, he once and for all sheds any notion in anyone's mind that he can only play James Bond. His Julian is paunchy, grizzled, graying and fun as hell to watch.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic tale of a whacky friendship August 24, 2006
Format:DVD
Now this is an unusual and quite enjoyable movie, with Pierce Brosnan like you've never seen before and with Greg Kinnear giving a hilarious and touching performance, best for both in a long time. I loved the quirky conversations, the no bs jokes, the bright color schemes, the glow of cardamom yellow, aqua and flame red in the background, flower beds and their drinks. This movie is full of flavor, shades and produces quite a few chuckles, but also has some nice moments that make it an enjoyable experience and gives a sense of satisfaction at the end.

Brosnan plays Julian Noble, an assassin that meets up with Danny Wright (Greg Kinnear) in a bar in Mexico. Those two are as far from normal life style as possible in an exotic place; one just finished a "job" while the other has a semi successful business deal in the works. Julian finds out that it's his birthday and realizes he has no friends. As a secret killer, a hush hush man, he starts chatting with Danny at a bar and buys him a drink. The whole time the audience is made to wonder if he really wants to be friends or is Danny his next job. They talk and laugh, hit some rough spots, they get angry at each other, they laugh more, its back and forth like a husband and wife after thirty years of marriage. They argue all the time but they can't stay away from each other. They go to see a bull fight, that has a profound impact on their "friendship" when the bull fighter delivers the kill, Julian tells Danny who he is and what he does. He then proceeds to give him a hilarious demonstration of his talents.

I had a blast watching this, with fine performances from all the actors, witty dialog, jokes and offences, and scruffy, unshaven Brosnan, who paraded around in funky clothes and spoke words I never heard him utter.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Acting December 28, 2005
I saw this movie last October at the Milwaukee Film Festival with nearly 1,000 people (no joke) and the audience was laughing so hard; I missed parts of the movie. If you want a break from lions, apes, and wizards this is the movie to see.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its the Flip side of James Bond May 30, 2006
Format:DVD
Pierce Brosnan has previously played Remmington Steele and James Bond. In this film, he plays a hapless hit man who lost his nerve to kill. This black comedy takes a large poke at the Steele/Bond legends that Brosnan have already done and made famous. Brosnan does this satire with a flair

When he loses his nerve, he chats with a simple man in a bar (Greg Kinnear). Kinnear's character reminds me of Albert Brooks's character from the bad remake of the IN-Laws..that is where the similar ideas ends. He befriends Bronson in his hour of need

Kinnear's wife is played by Hope Davis. This role is most lifelike I have seen Davis act since she did the role of Joyce in the film American Spendor

To give away the end would spoil the fun..just get it and enjoy it yourself

Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
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3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing variation on the buddy movie
Your wife will like Pierce Brosnan. Your wife might enjoy Greg Kinnear. Brosnan needs a shave almost through the entire movie. Maybe you will get some leeway on that issue. Read more
Published 3 days ago by complainer Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best brosnan has done.
Love the walking into the shark tank skit, great comedy. Love the gotta pee theory also I really thought he was going to do the guy with that pen knife, but he sure put a good... Read more
Published 2 months ago by JT
5.0 out of 5 stars TOO FUNNY
Brosnan is very popular for his performances on TV and action movies, so I was expecting the same type of character in MATADOR. What a surprise! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dusty Rhodes
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, and entertaining
you like it or you don't.

Wife likes Pierce Brosnan that's the only reason I purchased was for her.

Thumbs up for her and from me.
Published 5 months ago by Shocker88
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story.
I'm not a big fan of Pierce Brosnan... I liked him better as Remington Steel than most films he has been in. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Thomas Ferris
1.0 out of 5 stars absolute crap
No script, no lines, all ad lib, stupid, vulgar. I want my money back. Shouldn't be sold as a movie because it isn't. It's absolute crap.
Published 9 months ago by Dennis Oconnor
5.0 out of 5 stars A Surprise
To put it briefly, in this film you get performances by Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear that are not what you would expect. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Anthony Butler
4.0 out of 5 stars Matador
I liked this film, but it is not one of my favorites. It was too repetitive. Also, don't like Pierce in a moustache.
Published 10 months ago by Roger Szelagowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Oddly touching
An amazing (and unexpected) performance by Pierce Brosnan. Who knew? I could watch this again and again. Good acting for all the major roles.
Published 11 months ago by Jenni
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
funny and strange.A hit man going thru the change of life or did he.It is a ok movie worth the watch.
Published 13 months ago by Stanley D. Maxwell
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