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USA: The Weinstein Company
UK: Buena Vista International UK
Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Hope Davis, Philip Baker Hall, Adam Scott, Dylan Baker, Erin Batsford, Portia Dawson, Jonah Meyerson, Maureen Muldoon, Roberto Sosa, Antonio Zavala
Director: Richard Shepard
Countries: USA / Germany / Ireland
USA & UK: 96 mins
USA Rated: R for strong sexual content and language
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language and sex references
USA Release Date: 27 January 2006
USA Release Date: 13 January 2006 (Limited Release - wider)
USA Release Date: 6 January 2006 (Limited Release)
USA Release Date: 30 December 2005 (Limited Release - New York and Los Angeles)
UK Release Date: 3 March 2006
In writer/director Richard Shepard's dark comedy THE MATADOR, Julian Noble (Pierce Brosnan) is a hit man - in his words "a facilitator of fatalities" - who's very good at what he does. He's in Mexico City doing another job-- "a corporate gig"-- his specialty. Sadly for Julian though, he has reached a low point in his life -- the murder business has all but killed him on the inside. Danny Wright (Greg Kinnear) is also in Mexico City on business, although a decidedly different kind of business. Danny lives in Denver with his wife Bean (Hope Davis), and while they may have troubles financially, there is a youthful lust between them that belies ten years of marriage. Danny finds himself in Mexico City for a business opportunity whose outcome could be the difference between Danny solving all his financial problems or falling even deeper into debt and insecurity.
One night, at the hotel bar, these two men meet. Before long, they find themselves having an extremely unique Mexico City experience, one that will change them both forever. Julian the hit man, Danny the ordinary American businessman find that while they have nothing in common, they both need each other in ways they never knew they would.
Spanning four countries, six months and many margaritas, THE MATADOR takes the hit man film and spins it on its head, creating a character-driven story that's funny, strange, emotionally complex and full of unexpected heart.
Featuring a bold, outrageously original performance from Pierce Brosnan, and a funny, unexpectedly deep turn from Greg Kinnear, THE MATADOR is a buddy film, blended, with extra tequila.