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The matador - Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Hope Davis, Richard Shepard

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Movie propaganda

An assassin and a salesman walk into a bar...

In a wacky chance encounter at a Mexican hotel bar, Julian Noble (Pierce Brosnan), a sleazy assassin, strikes up a peculiar friendship with Danny Wright (Greg Kinnear), a struggling salesman. Lonely Julian is thrilled to make a friend and offers to solve all of Danny's financial problems if he'll help with a hit. When Danny baulks at the crazy proposition Julian begs forgiveness for crossing the line, but it's too late and the two part company. Burnt out on drugs, sex and death, Julian heads to Venice where he fails a hit. His employer wants Julian's head. Julian tracks down Danny down in America and begs him as his only friend for help. He's been given one last chance but he can't pull off the job alone. This time Danny agrees and the obligation binding the two men from different worlds is startlingly revealed...

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film comedy assassin crime murder salesman amateur hit man

Persons of interest

  • Pierce Brosnan .... Julian Noble
  • Greg Kinnear .... Danny Wright
  • Hope Davis .... Bean
  • Philip Baker Hall .... Mr Randy
  • Adam Scott .... Phil Garrison
  • Dylan Baker .... Lovell
  • Portia Dawson .... Guinevere
  • Maureen Muldoon .... Gretchen
  • Richard Shepard .... Screenwriter
  • Richard Shepard .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

The matador is in some ways comparable to Pierce Brosnan's other recent anti-hero flicks, After the sunset and The Thomas Crown affair but mostly it's a middle class, suburban adventure into the exciting world of professional murder. It lacks a super-sexy chick to distract you from the boring bits and it lacks a hard-bitten, hard-driven law enforcement officer to provide the thrill of the chase. And it's pretty slow.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Languages: English, German
  • Picture: Widescreen 2.35:1
  • Special features:
    • Commentaries:
      • Richard Shepard (Director)
      • Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Richard Shepard (Director)
    • Deleted scenes
    • Documentaries: Making of "The matador"
    • Extended scenes
  • Subtitles: English, English captions, German

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Strong sex scenes, sexual references, coarse language)

Surveillance time

97 minutes (1:37 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: Undated 2006
DVD rental: 10 January 2007

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