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Lonely hit man Julian Noble (Pierce Brosnan in a Golden Globe-nominated performance) and struggling salesman Danny Wright (Oscar nominee Greg Kinnear) form an unexpected bond during a chance meeting in a Mexican bar. Six months later, when the self-proclaimed "facilitator of fatalities" turns up on the doorstep desperate for help, Danny and his wife (Hope Davis) are both horrified...but intrigued enough to oblige. Together, the two men set out for the most thrilling adventure of Danny's life and the most critical kill of Julian's career. Deftly mixing explosive action with savage with, The Matador is "effortlessly entertaining" (Rex Reed, The New York Observer).


Studio Weinstein Company
SKU 203378201
UPC 796019797078
UPC 14 00796019797078
Format HD DVD
Release Date 12/19/2006
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Cast & Crew
Carole Kravetz - Editor
David Tattersall - Cinematographer
Greg Kinnear - Actor
Hope Davis - Actor
Mark Gordon - Executive Producer
Philip Baker Hall - Actor
Pierce Brosnan - Producer
Pierce Brosnan - Actor
Richard Shepard - Director
Richard Shepard - Writer
Rolfe Kent - Original Music By
Nominee (2006) Golden Globe, Pierce Brosnan, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review "It's not hard to be enthusiastic about The Matador, an uncommon buddy film starring Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear. The movie has a nicely modulated mix of comedy and pathos, but succeeds as much because of the two lead performances as Richard Shepard's writing and directing. This is an audience-pleaser through-and-through, but one wonders whether the title (which is appropriate but not catchy) may fail to entice viewers. In fact, it may keep some sensitive animal-lovers away...Together, Danny and Julian make an appealing pair - something that's mandatory for the story to work. They're an odd couple, to be sure, but each fills a need for the other. It can be difficult to find the right mix of comedy and drama in a movie of this nature, but Shepard does a solid job. There's nothing edgy or groundbreaking about The Matador, but it's funny, touching, and ultimately endearing - and it's tough to ask more of this sort of film."
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "I walked into ""The Matador"" expecting one film, and saw another. On paper, this sounds like a formula thriller, and the casting seems to confirm that: Pierce Brosnan as a hit man, and Greg Kinnear as a businessman who meets him in a hotel bar. But Brosnan redefines ""hit man"" in the best performance of his career (""I facilitate fatalities""), and Kinnear plays with, and against, his image as a regular kinda guy...[Brosnan, Kinnear and Davis] do something that is essential to this kind of comedy: They refuse to be in on the joke. It's not funny for them. They never wink. The movie's writer-director, Richard Shepard, balances the macabre and the sentimental, and understands that although his film contains questions like ""don't successful people always live with blood on their hands?"" its real subject is friendship."
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
Widescreen, No Longer Produced
E! Entertainment Television It's sort of like Sideways with sniper rifles and hookers.
Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter A 151-proof tequila shot of sharp comedy.
Los Angeles Daily News An unusually comic and moving hit man thriller.
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