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The Matador [DVD]

Pierce Brosnan , Greg Kinnear , Richard Shepard    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Hope Davis
  • Directors: Richard Shepard
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: 10 July 2006
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,340 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Pierce Brosnan gives one of his finest performances in The Matador, a low-key buddy comedy with an agreeably sinister twist. Light-years from his former James Bond image, Brosnan is unshaven, unnerved and unpredictable as freelance assassin Julian Noble, who encounters desperate businessman Danny Wright (Greg Kinnear) in the bar of a modern Mexico City hotel. Danny is intrigued when Julian reveals that he's a "facilitator of fatalities," and his wife "Bean" (Hope Davis) is equally fascinated when Julian shows up unexpectedly, six months later, at Danny's home in Denver. Having lost his touch as a reliable hit-man, Julian needs Danny's help with "one last job," but the logistics of Julian's lethal profession (involving an employer played by Philip Baker Hall) are secondary to writer-director Richard Shepard's offbeat, slightly uneven character study, which gives Kinnear and Brosnan a memorable opportunity to riff on their established screen personas. In making Julian a likable yet tormented drifter who's made a habit of "running from any emotion," Brosnan creates an edgy yet sympathetic character as mysterious as he is fun to be around; if you're going to befriend a hired killer, you could do far worse than a guy like Julian. As Brosnan plays him, he's worthy of a sequel, but The Matador is the kind of entertainingly quirky movie that's a hard act to follow. --Jeff Shannon

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Comedy starring Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear. The story is about hit man Julian Noble (Brosnan). Noble, on assignment in Mexico City, has somewhat of a meltdown when he realises his nomadic existence has left him with no friends or family and not even a place to call home. Desperate for companionship, he starts up conversation with Danny Wright (Kinnear), a normal guy, with a normal life, in town on business. Unaccustomed to normal social etiquette he scares Wright off, but pleads for forgiveness the next day and requests that he accompany him to a bull fight. Julian decides to open up to his new friend more about what he does for a living. All is well until Julian realises his 'meltdown' is serious and he is having difficulty following through on his 'assignments'. He therefore has to ask for help from his new friend Danny.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
We have all scene countless movies about two people who should not be on the same planet let alone in the same room together who bond through some cinematic ordeal and become an unlikely pair of friends. "The Matador" is one of those types of movies. Julian Noble (Pierce Brosnan) is a professional hit man, whose euphemism of choice is that he is a "facilitator" of fatalities. Then we have Danny Wright (Greg Kinnear), a businessman who is in Mexico City desperately trying to salvage a business deal that has probably already gone south. Julian is already there to do some of his facilitating when they meet in the hotel bar. Over drinks Danny tells about the death of his infant son, and Julian responds by telling a dirty joke.

It would be hard for a relationship to get off of more of a bad foot (I believe the record is held by Richard, the Duke of Gloucester, who woos the Lady Anne while she is praying over the coffin of her husband, who was killed by Richard, as detailed in the romantic comedy "Richard III"). But while Julian has no social skills beyond juvenile comebacks, dirty jokes, and outright lies, he has found in Danny somebody who is willing to actually listen to what he has to say. That compels Julian to actually say something of substance and this new experience comes to a head at the local bullring where Danny asks what Julian does for a living and he decides to not only tell his new friend the truth, but also shows him how to play the game.

Things come to a head between Danny and Julian several times, and with Julian banging on Danny's hotel door trying to (again) apologize, we jump six months down the road.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brosnan's Redemption... 3 Sep 2006
...and let's face it, he needed one. After thinking for so long that the only thing this guy could do was po-faced self aggrandisement, it has been my pleasure to be proved wrong. Sure, this is one of those 'Travolta Pulp Fiction'-esque roles it would have been difficult to mess up, but he does extremely well as the gruff, unpleasant hit man who's lost his focus. Greg Kinnear reinforces public perception of his high value in support here, and overall, you have a free flowing, highly enjoyable romp. It could have been darker, it could have been funnier, but as it was, it still qualified for 4-stars from this corner. Great.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love, love, love this movie! 18 July 2006
I saw this movie at the London Film Festival last year and when it was released in cinemas some of the critics panned it and it disappeared. But Pierce Brosnan as Julian Noble, the tired, friendless international hit man who's losing his nerve, is totally convincing and at his absolute best. He's even getting a little scrawny, (see the swimming pool scene) which makes his physical appearance, complete with dodgy moustache, perfectly sleazy (but still kind of cute). Brosnan and Richard Shepard have achieved a difficult task - to create the character who is almost entirely unlikeable but who you still want to like and can really enjoy. Brosnan with his hybrid accent has always had a gaucheness which suits this part perfectly - Julian Noble has no tact, often misjudges the timing of his (albeit very funny) jokes and one-liners, and is really just a big kid who needs someone to talk to.

Greg Kinnear and Hope Davis are also perfect as the couple with whom he forms an unlikely connection, and Philip Baker Hall as Noble's boss is his usual laconic but powerful self. I don't know why this film didn't do well at the box office - must have been to do with lack of money for promotion or simply that it's one of those quirky ones that people just can't compartmentalise. In my book, any movie that has its opening credits played to A Town Called Malice is a winner. Turn your TV up to 11.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Takeone
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The Matador is one of the greatest movies of the last decade. It's probably Pierce Brosnan's best performance to date.

The main reason of this review is to warn UK (Region B) buyers that this release is not 'Region Free'. Various sites confirm it is region free, however that is for the recent American (Dec 2010)Blu Ray release. This is the Canadian release, which has been available for some time, which is Region A locked.

UK buyers are to buy the U.S edition which has a totally different sleeve to this one, so you can't go wrong.

I hope that info helps.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More tense than any Bond film 8 Jun 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Just watched this with my teenage family and what an experience. Funny lines jumping out of nowhere and tense scenes which made my heart pound. It's strange that a cheap film shot in forty days starring Brosnan can be more tense, quick witted, violent yet heartwarming than his previous expensive movies. Good taste is thin on the ground but worth a watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLANT, BROSNANS BEST!!!!!! 29 April 2011
i have seen this film on several occasions and each time i have being more impressed than the last time. brosnan gives a career best performance as julian noble, an assassin who lives in hotels and likes women, lots of women. if you remember his performance as bond then this is for you. its the anti bond, low life, seedy and without scruples.highly recommended.
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Published 10 days ago by Mike Heath
4.0 out of 5 stars Buddy Movie with a twist
Enjoyable alternate buddy movie with Brosnan and Kinnear in great form as mismatched assassin and salesman whose paths cross in Mexico City. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Graham Burgin
So straight off, lets make it clear. If you like Brosnan as a swath, sophisticated Bond or Thomas Crown you ain't going to like him in this. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Dave R
2.0 out of 5 stars Kinda didnt hit the spot
The Matador was not what I expected at all. The characters stories were really rather boring and the plot just too way out.
Published on 23 Feb 2012 by J
3.0 out of 5 stars However people meet people..
They say making friends is as easy as sticking out your hand to a stranger and saying 'Hi, how are ya?'. Well, maybe, but the right context certainly helps. Read more
Published on 3 Jun 2010 by Philoctetes
5.0 out of 5 stars Shaken but not Deterred
If you are used to visualising Pierce Brosnan, as that charming, sophisticated and smooth character in the Bond films, then prepared to be shocked!! Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2010 by Darcy
5.0 out of 5 stars the real james bond
A tale of unlikely friendship, that maintained my interest all the way.
Darkly funny, yet at times moving as the characters reveal their flaws and secrets. Read more
Published on 15 Sep 2009 by Dhalsim
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant!!!
Absolutely one of the funniest, yet poignant in places, films I've seen in so long. Brosnan is absolutely brilliant, he's Bond gone bad and all the more lovable and wonderful for... Read more
Published on 19 Aug 2009 by Ella Bella
5.0 out of 5 stars Margaritas taste best in mexico - margaritas and...
caught this film while flicking through channels one night.It really struck a chord.

So funny, so sad, so intense. Read more
Published on 4 Dec 2008 by David Luck
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