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Matador (1986)

NC-17 | | Drama, Thriller | 7 March 1986 (Spain)
A matador is wounded by a bull and can no longer kill in the arena. It just a one flaw besides many others from several characters whom unsuspected collide.

Director:

Pedro Almodóvar

Writers:

Pedro Almodóvar (story), Jesús Ferrero (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Assumpta Serna ... María
Antonio Banderas ... Ángel
Nacho Martínez ... Diego (as Nacho Martinez)
Eva Cobo ... Eva
Julieta Serrano ... Berta
Chus Lampreave ... Pilar
Carmen Maura ... Julia
Eusebio Poncela ... Comisario
Bibiana Fernández ... Vendedora Flores (as Bibi Andersen)
Luis Ciges ... Guarda
Eva Siva Eva Siva ... Asistenta María y Diego
Verónica Forqué ... Periodista (as Veronica Forque)
Pepa Merino Pepa Merino ... Secretaria María
Lola Peno Lola Peno ... Alumna 1ª
Marisa Tejada Marisa Tejada ... Alumna 2ª
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Storyline

An ex-bullfighter who gets turned on by killing, a lady lawyer with the same fetish and a young man driven insane by his religious upbringing - these are the main characters in this stylish black comedy about dark sides of human nature. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for aberrant sexuality including violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

7 March 1986 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Matador See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,399, 13 August 2006

Gross USA:

$279,394

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$286,126
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ana Belén and Charo López were both considered for the female lead. See more »

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Soundtracks

Espérame en el cielo
Written by P. López Vidal
Performed by Mina
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Weird, Fun Art Film
5 September 2011 | by TheExpatriate700See all my reviews

Matador is an early Almodovar work that explores the relationship between sex and violence through the medium of bullfighting. It follows a love quadrangle between a retired matador, his repressed student, the matador's lover, and the student's lawyer, as a series of murders takes place in Madrid. Dark comedy ensues in the midst of murder investigations and extremely loud eighties fashions.

The performances make this decidedly odd film work. Assumpta Serna is great as the lawyer, while Antonio Banderas makes an early appearance as her client. Carmen Maura also has a small role, even though her character is somewhat lacking in development. The characters remain convincing even as the plot spins into the out right bizarre.

Some viewers might complain that the film's explicit sex and violence make it little different from an exploitation film, and indeed it opens with a character masturbating to a slasher movie. Furthermore, its commentary on sex and violence at times seems pretentious. However, the film is far more creative and well made than any exploitation film, and is well worth your time.


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