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Bullfighter (2003)





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A unique Western for the new millennium, director Rune Bendixen's Bullfighter tells the darkly comic tale of a drifter framed for murder and subsequently hunted by a horde of unrelenting assassins. Jack (Olivier Martinez) is a wanderer whose aimless roaming leads him to a number of interesting locations and into the company of many interesting people, and despite his fascination with bullfighting he leads a largely peaceful existence. When a crime boss' daughter is accidentally gored to death, Jack is implicated in the unfortunate event and singled out for termination by a seemingly unending army of lethal hitmen. As Jack wages an uphill battle for survival against the harsh desert terrain and a hail of gun smoke and lead, his will to live depends on his ability to exercise his demons and come to terms with the fact that he may not live to see another sunrise.
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Michael Parks
as Cordobes
Willem Dafoe
as Father Ramirez
Assumpta Serna
as Ahandra
L.M. Kit Carson
as Country Bob
Robert Rodriguez
as Bull Boy
John Carlino
as Priest
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A two-star movie is a generous assessment of this strange movie. As a "B-movie", though, it's a five-star! If you're in the mood for a weird journey and weirder characters, this is the movie for your late-night appetite.

Andy Butler
Andy Butler

If you love me, show me. A young aspiring bullfighter is in love with a gangster's daughter. The gangster actually happens to be the man who trains and stages most of the local bull fights. One night while the young man is visualizing a bull fight, the daughter lets a real bull out to chase the young man. The young man gets in trouble, the daughter comes to his rescue, and the daughter is killed by the bull. The young man immediately goes on the run as the gangster sends his goons after him to kill him and obtain revenge. "Don't make me dead." Rune Bendixen, director of Rich Kids and episodes from the television series Topmodel, Profession X, and Husvild, delivers Bullfighter. The storyline for this picture is very eccentric and a bit all over the place. The settings are interesting, but the writing and execution is below average. The acting is mediocre and the cast includes Olivier Martinez, Willem Dafoe, Robert Rodriguez, Guillermo Del Toro, Michael Parks, Donnie Wahlberg, and Michelle Forbes. "Bonjour, jock strap." Bullfighter was a movie I came across on Netflix and had to give a shot since it starred Willem Dafoe in what appeared to be a modern day western. Unfortunately, this film was pretty much a disaster. Martinez is not a strong lead character and the plot wasn't overly well executed or written. I recommend skipping this. "Trouble still follows you like a horny dog, doesn't it?" Grade: D

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Dafoe, in a cameo, provides a few minutes of comic relief with his crazy eyes and hispanic accent, but "Bullfighter" is an entry level action flick by all further accounts. I guess Robert Rodriguez owed the director a favor or something and somehow convinced Dafoe to step in as well.


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