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Format: DVD
Sku: 202305284
UPC: 796019791496
UPC 14: 00796019791496
Category Keywords: Hit Men  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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A hitman and a salesman walk into a bar...
A fast-paced, edgy film about a hitman who suddenly finds himself as the mark and the salesman he befirends in a mexican bar and recruits to help him.

"It's sort of like Sideways with sniper rifles and hookers.  E! Entertainment Television
"A 151-proof tequila shot of sharp comedy.  Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter
"An unusually comic and moving hit man thriller.  Los Angeles Daily News

Editor's Note
Pierce Brosnan is outstanding as an international hit man falling apart at the seams in Richard Shepard's dark comedy THE MATADOR. Brosnan, riffing on his success playing the very well groomed and genteel James Bond and Remington Steele, stars as Julian Noble, a no-longer-noble hit man who spends his free time getting drunk and chasing impossibly young skirts. In Mexico he meets Danny Wright (Greg Kinnear), an average Joe trying to land an important business deal. Jealous of Danny's simple life, Julian becomes friends with the Denver suburbanite, who married his high school sweetheart, Bean (the very good Hope Davis), but lost his young son in a terrible accident. One day at a bullfight, Julian tells Danny what he does for a living, but Danny doesn't believe him--until Julian shows him an example of his expertise. But when Julian asks Danny to help him with his next assignment, Danny is dead-set against it, and ready to end their brief friendship. Little does he know that he has not seen the last of the rather unique hit man.

Writer-director Shepard, whose previous work includes the indie films OXYGEN, MERCY, and THE LINGUINI INCIDENT, shows a deft hand for offbeat comedy in THE MATADOR, a very funny movie with a razor-sharp edge to it. Brosnan and Kinnear make a great duo, the latter the straight man to the former's reckless abandon. Shepard keeps the laughs coming with huge titles announcing the different locations as well as with a brilliant soundtrack featuring songs by Tom Jones and Asia in addition to the Jam, the Killers, and the Cramps--whose "Garbageman" anchors a hysterical scene involving Julian, a can of beer, a pair of Speedos, a hotel lobby, and a shark.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal (Music)
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/16/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 97 minutes
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 79149
Video UPC UPC: 00796019791496
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: Spanish

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Greg Kinnear
Video Cast Info Hope Davis
Video Cast Info Philip Baker Hall
Video Cast Info Pierce Brosnan
Video Cast Info Carole Kravetz - Editor
Video Cast Info David Tattersall - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Mark Gordon - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Pierce Brosnan - Producer
Video Cast Info Richard Shepard - Director
Video Cast Info Richard Shepard - Writer
Video Cast Info Rolfe Kent - Original Music By


Nominee (2006)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Pierce Brosnan, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Professional Reviews

3 stars out of 4 -- "The fakeouts are fun; Greg Kinnear, in the regular-guy role, is a perfect foil....Hope Davis is hilarious..." 11/01/2005 p.49

Movieline's Hollywood Life
"Pierce Brosnan gives his best performance yet....It's fast, funny, and intoxicating....It's an almost obscenely entertaining look at two men on the verge of a nervous breakdown." 11/01/2005 p.100-102

Rolling Stone
3 stars out of 5 -- "Writer-director Richard Shepard gives Brosnan his meatiest role ever, and he digs in with relish." 12/15/2005 p.162

Entertainment Weekly
"[T]he cinematography is consistently hipster handsome, and the script is bracing in its lewdness..." -- Grade: B 01/20/2006 p.50-51

Sight and Sound
"The film's main asset is an astoundingly loose and energised performance by Brosnan....There's an undeniable charge to watching someone obviously having so much fun." 02/01/2006 p.71

3 stars out of 5 -- "There's some great, dark-hearted farce in the first hour....Shepard shoots with the freewheeling, laid-back charm of Soderbergh circa OCEAN'S 11..." 03/01/2006 p.124

Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]ts best moments -- basically all scenes between Brosnan and Greg Kinnear -- are achingly enjoyable." 07/01/2006 p.106

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Brosnan,Pierce
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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