The Magnificent Matador

  • 1955
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Sports

Although best known as a director of westerns, Budd Boetticher, a onetime matador, also made two features about bullfighting, THE BULLFIGHTER AND THE LADY (1951) and this film. Anthony Quinn (who also appeared in Rouben Mamoulian's BLOOD AND SAND, on which Boetticher served as technical adviser) plays Luis Santos, a famed matador whose reputation is ruined...read more

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Although best known as a director of westerns, Budd Boetticher, a onetime matador, also made two features about bullfighting, THE BULLFIGHTER AND THE LADY (1951) and this film. Anthony Quinn (who also appeared in Rouben Mamoulian's BLOOD AND SAND, on which Boetticher served as technical

adviser) plays Luis Santos, a famed matador whose reputation is ruined when he flees the ring after formally introducing his young rival, Rafael (Manuel Rojas), to the bullfighting public. He finds solace in an affair with a rich American admirer (Maureen O'Hara), but her boy friend (Richard

Denning) seeks revenge by denouncing Luis as a coward. Eventually, the matador returns to the ring to fight alongside Rafael, who is, we learn, much more than just a fellow bullfighter to Luis. Boetticher makes the most of Mexican locations, but the censors prevented him from showing actual

bullfighting in detail, which might have saved the otherwise trite plot. As a result, THE MAGNIFICENT MATADOR is a lackluster outing for both its star and director.

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  • Review: Although best known as a director of westerns, Budd Boetticher, a onetime matador, also made two features about bullfighting, THE BULLFIGHTER AND THE LADY (1951) and this film. Anthony Quinn (who also appeared in Rouben Mamoulian's BLOOD AND SAND, on which… (more)

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