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Matador (1986)

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DVD Release Date
• R2: 9 Oct 2000

Running Time
1 hour, 50 minutes

Country Spain

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Other Titles
• The Bullfighter (1986)

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Genre: Thriller, Drama, Comedy, Murder, Disturbing, Investigation, Serial Killer, Femme Fatale, Gay/Lesbian, Psychic, Black Comedy, Racy, Suspense, Law

Plot: This twisted, brave, funny film from Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar takes an unflinching look at the link between sex, death, and religion. Antonio Banderas stars as Ángel, a sensitive student of matador Diego (Nacho Martinez), whose goring at the horns of a bull has left him obsessed with killing. In order to prove his manhood to Diego, the misguided Ángel tries to rape his model girlfriend (Eva Cobo), and when that fails, he confesses to a string of murders he didn’t commit. María (Assumpta Serna), a mysterious, attractive lawyer, takes his case but winds up falling for Diego, revealing some dark secrets of her own. The pair begin a beautifully doomed romance as a police inspector (Eusebio Poncela) begins to fathom who the real killer, or killers, may be. This was the fifth film from the talented Almodóvar, and it reveals a true genius at work in his use of symbolic color, structure, metaphor, and homage to Hitchcock and Welles. MATADOR is fast-moving, disturbing, erotic, and undeniably brilliant in a way most American audiences may not be prepared for but should certainly seek out. Almodóvar regulars Carmen Maura, Julietta Serano, Chus Lampreave, and Verónica Forqué costar.

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 Directed by
 Written by
Antonio Banderas
Shrek 2, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, The Mask of Zorro
Assumpta Serna
The Craft, Wild Orchid, Nostradamus
Eva Cobo
Superfly, Pasos, Sucedió en España
Julieta Serrano
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón
Chus Lampreave
Talk to Her, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, The Age of Beauty
Carmen Maura
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Common Wealth, Volver
Eusebio Poncela
Intact, Law of Desire, Martín
 Music By
Bernardo Bonezzi
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Without News of God, Law of Desire

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