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Assassination Tango (2002)

An aging hitman gets a contract to kill a General in Buenos Aires, Argentina. But when his mark becomes unavailable, he becomes involved in Argentinian tango culture.

Director:

Robert Duvall

Writer:

Robert Duvall
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Duvall ... John J.
Rubén Blades ... Miguel
Kathy Baker ... Maggie
Luciana Pedraza ... Manuela
Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Orlando
James Keane ... Whitey
Frank Gio Frank Gio ... Frankie (as Frankie Gio)
Katherine Micheaux Miller Katherine Micheaux Miller ... Jenny
Frank Cassavetes Frank Cassavetes ... Jo Jo
Michael Corrente ... Cop at Newsstand
Raúl Outeda Raúl Outeda ... Tony Manas
Géraldine Rojas Géraldine Rojas ... Pirucha
Renee Victor ... Stella
Richard Marquez Richard Marquez ... Salsa Band Member
Nelson Marquez Nelson Marquez ... Salsa Band Member
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Storyline

John J. is a seasoned hit man sent on a job to Argentina. When the General he's sent to kill delays his return to the country, John passes the time with Manuela, a beautiful dancer who becomes his teacher and guide into Argentina's sensual world of the tango. Spellbound by the rich and mysterious world Manuela has shown him, his idyll is shattered when the reality of why he's there comes crashing down around him. Written by Press kit

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

No one is more dangerous than the man who lives two lives.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

United Artists

Country:

USA | Argentina

Language:

English | Spanish | German

Release Date:

4 September 2003 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Bérgyilkos tangó See more »

Filming Locations:

Argentina See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$64,474, 30 March 2003

Gross USA:

$1,013,272

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,013,272
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This movie is Robert Duvall's tribute to tango, which is why he filmed it in Buenos Aires, Argentina, using many real tango dancers and authentic tango locations. Some of the tango celebrity faces you can spot include: Geraldine Rojas and Javiar Rodriguez (Pirucha, sister of Manuela and her first partner), Pablo Veron (Pirucha's final parter in the closing credits), Jorge Dispari and La Turca, Orlanda Paiva, Maria Nieves, Armando Orzuza, Carlos Copello, Alicia Monti, Los Hermanos Macana (two men performing a dance). The club with the checkerboard floor is Club Sin Rumbo, in the outskirt of the city, but a famous barrio for producing excellent tango dancers. See more »

Quotes

Tia Maria: [Talking about Manuela and her sister] They were already dancing in their mother's womb.
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Dan Aykroyd/Beyonce (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Prelude, Op. 28, No. 20 in C minor
("Funeral March") (uncredited)
Composed by Frédéric Chopin (1839)
Played by military band at the General's funeral
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Bravo Pedraza and Duvall!
8 October 2005 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

I took a shot at buying this DVD sight-unseen, something I rarely do and usually regret, but not in this case. I found it even more fascinating than I hoped, thanks to a totally-unknown actress. Two viewings within a year has not changed my opinion.

This movie is just different, a unique portrait of strange older hit-man and the people in his life. I am not surprised a number of viewers did not like this film, even fans of Robert Duvall. It's probably just too quirky for most tastes and too slow for most viewers. Despite being low- key, there are some moments of intense temper and violence on the part of Duvall which helps keep ones attention.

I didn't need that, however, to keep my attention. Just trying to figure out Duvall kept me intrigued. My attention, however, accelerated when newcomer Luciana Pedraza entered the picture.

Pedraza is one of the most interesting "new faces" I've seen on film: a woman who has intelligence written over her face as few modern actresses ever have. This woman has a lot to offer: looks, intelligence, a good figure, a great dancer, wonderful voice and despite being Argentine, speaks better English than many Americans. A pity that as of this review in October of 2005, this is still her only screen appearance.

Between her and Duvall - who are both complex characters to say the least - along with some wonderfully-colorful cinematography, great dance scenes and intrigue about how an assassination plot will turn out, I found this film very pleasing.

This is unknown film that isn't fully appreciated not only with the public but with the reviewers here.


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