The Magnificent Matador

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"The most dangerous game on earth!"
  • Approved
  • 1956
  • 1 hr 34 min
  • 5.6  (228)

The Magnificent Matador is a 1955 film about a man named Luis Bello, played by Anthony Quinn, who is a legendary matador in Mexico City. He is known for his risk-taking, fearlessness, and aggressive approach to bullfighting. His fame and glory have made him an idol of the people, but also a target for his enemies. Luis meets Karen Harrison, played by Maureen O'Hara, an American journalist, who has come to Mexico to do a story on the famous matador. The two of them develop a relationship that is complicated by Luis's dedication to bullfighting and Karen's reluctance to watch it. Karen sees the sport as cruel and barbaric, and she is vocal about her opposition to it. However, she is drawn to Luis's charisma and his passion for his craft.

Luis's biggest rival is Manolo Estrada, played by Manuel Rojas, a younger, more flamboyant matador who wants nothing more than to take Luis's place in the spotlight. Manolo is hateful towards Luis and tries to do everything in his power to sabotage his career. He even goes so far as to try to seduce Karen and turn her against Luis.

The story takes a dramatic turn when Luis is badly injured during a bullfight. Karen comes to his aid and helps him recover, and their bond deepens. However, Luis's doctor advises him to retire from bullfighting, but Luis cannot bear the thought of giving up his life's work. He decides to take on one final bullfight against Manolo, knowing that it could be fatal.

The climax of the film is the final bullfight, which is both thrilling and heart-wrenching. The tension between Luis and Manolo is palpable as they face off against each other in the ring. The fate of Luis and Karen hangs in the balance, as they watch from the sidelines, hoping that Luis will come out of the fight alive.

The Magnificent Matador is a classic Hollywood film that captures the excitement, danger, and drama of bullfighting. It is a love story, a sports movie, and a tale of redemption all rolled into one. The acting is superb, with Anthony Quinn delivering a powerful and nuanced performance as the tormented matador. Maureen O'Hara is also excellent as Karen, bringing a much-needed moral compass to the film.

In addition to the strong performances, the film is visually stunning, with vibrant colors and breathtaking shots of the bullring. The use of widescreen cinematography adds to the grandeur of the film, making it a true spectacle to behold.

Overall, The Magnificent Matador is a must-see for fans of classic Hollywood cinema. It is a film that will keep you on the edge of your seat, rooting for the hero and hoping for a happy ending. Whether you are a fan of bullfighting or not, this movie will capture your imagination and leave you with a sense of awe and admiration for the artistry and bravery of the matadors.

The Magnificent Matador is a 1956 romance movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 34 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.6.

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    5.6  (228)