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Matador (1986)

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A bullfighter forced to retire early from his career due to a goring, finds that his obsession for killing still lingers, but now bulls are substituted by girls. To make love to a woman and kill her at the very last moment is the closest thing to the ineffable pleasure of an afternoon in the bullring. Maria is a woman driven by similar dark desires. When she and the ex-bullfighter get together a meeting of minds takes place with deadly results.

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Cast

Nacho Martinez
as Diego Montes
Eusebio Poncela
as Comisario
Bibiana Fernandez
as Flower Vendor
Luis Ciges
as Guarda
Eva Siva
as Assistant to Maria and Diego
Veronica Forque
as Journalist
Pepa Merino
as Mary's secretary
Lola Peno
as First Student
Marisa Tejada
as Second Student
Mercedes Jiménez
as Third Student
Francesca Romana
as Fourth Student
Jesús Ruyman
as Raul Ordonez, type 1
Milton Díaz
as Raul Ordonez, type 2
Angie Gray
as Chica Ana
Alicia Mora
as Loyal one
Laly Salas
as Loyal one
Marcelo García Flores
as First Policeman
Agustín Almodóvar
as Second Policeman
Kika
as T.V. Announcer
Concha Hidalgo
as Tata Angel
Kike Turmix
as First fighter
Julián Sánchez
as Second fighter
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Critic Reviews for Matador

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (6)

It's a useful look at this Spanish auteur finding his way but lacks the elan of his later work.

September 22, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The movie looks terrific and is acted with absolute, straight-faced conviction by the excellent cast...

August 30, 2004 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
Top Critic

A consistently audacious fantasy of sex and violence set in a modern-day Madrid where everyone is ready to surrender to his or her particular passions.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Salon.com
Top Critic

Murder, mutilation, suicide and rape...[are] just a few of Matador's popcorn-incompatible themes. But [Almodovar] swirls his cape over these chargers so imaginatively, shamelessly and inventively, his flamboyance wins the day.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Washington Post
Top Critic

The sincerity here is of a special cracked sort -- the brand that induces laughter but is undiminished by it.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Washington Post
Top Critic

Almodovar's early work is saltry, erotic, even perverse, but very seductive to watch

February 16, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…
EmanuelLevy.Com

Audience Reviews for Matador

Looking past all the absurdities the film has to offer, Matador is essentially a dark romantic comedy at its core. With passion and obsession meeting fueling the characters' actions, Almodvar steps up and shows audiences he isn't afraid to tell original stories.

paul oh
paul oh

Super Reviewer

½

An unlikely love affair emerges between two serial killers, one is a thrill-seeking ex matador and the other a gorgeous and twisted defense attorney. To say that a Pedro Almodóvar film revolves around an odd set of circumstances is like pointing out that Yul Brenner is bald or that Truman Capote was gay. It's just something that's understood. And true to his nature, Almodóvar approaches this bizarre situation without judgment or preconception. Part of his genius lies in his assumption that audiences are basically intelligent and, when given enough information, are perfectly capable of drawing their own conclusions. Another perspicacious offering from the underrated Spanish master.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

torture porn? necrophilia? that's just the first five minutes...then it gets weird. one twisted and hilarious waltz of sex and death

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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