Magnificent Matador (1955) - Rotten Tomatoes

Magnificent Matador (1955)





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The exciting, metaphorical world of bull-fighting provides the setting for this dramatic tale of an aging toreador faced with a difficult decision after his illustrious reputation is nearly destroyed when he introduces his young rival and protege and suddenly runs from the ring. The distraught old matador finds comfort in the tender arms of an American fan. Unfortunately, her old boyfriend gets jealous and proclaims the fighter a coward. In time, the matador and his student enter the ring together for a final battle. It is here in the unforgiving arena that the true nature of their relationship is revealed. The film's director Budd Boetticher, gives the film added realism as he, a former matador, also worked as the technical advisor. Originally, the bull-fighting scenes were more graphic, but squeamish censors intervened and the scenes were heavily edited.


Anthony Quinn
as Luis Santos
Maureen O'Hara
as Karen Harrison
Richard Denning
as Mark Russell
Lola Albright
as Mona Wilton
Thomas Gomez
as Don David
William Ching
as Jody Wilton
Lorraine Chanel
as Sarita Sebastian
Manuel Rojas
as Rafael Reyes
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Ole! A shrill bullfight story with a contrived soap opera romance between an aging celebrated Mexican bullfighter and a fawning wealthy American.

February 7, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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