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Tamango (1958)

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A Dutch slave captain, on a voyage to Cuba, faces a revolt fomented by a newly captured African slave, Tamango. The slaves capture the captain's mistress, forcing a showdown.

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Cast

Credited cast:
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Captain John Reinker
Jean Servais ...
Doctor Corot
Alex Cressan ...
Tamango
Roger Hanin ...
1st Mate Bebe
Guy Mairesse ...
Werner
Clément Harari ...
Cook
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Doudou Babet ...
Chadi
Habib Benglia ...
Le chef noir
Karamoko Cisse ...
(as Cissé Karamako)
S. Damiz
Eboué
Hassane Fall
René Hell
Samuel M'Bondi
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A Dutch slave captain, on a voyage to Cuba, faces a revolt fomented by a newly captured African slave, Tamango. The slaves capture the captain's mistress, forcing a showdown. Written by Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

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Love and Adventure as Bold and Daring as the Casting!

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Release Date:

24 January 1958 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Den sorte slavinde  »

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(Western Electric)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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At initial release, depiction of interracial romance caused the film to be banned in the United States and in the French colonies. See more »

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Referenced in To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995) See more »

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Dorothy Dandrige:Mérimée again.
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The precedent user is right:it's based on a famous short story from Prosper Mérimée.It's strange that the writer's name does not appear in the credits on the IMDb page.Dorothy Dandrige had already been in "Carmen Jones " ,a Bizet opera based on another famous short story by...Prosper Mérimée.

"Tamango" was a failure when it was released and during the sixties,John Berry ,who had made a film noir chef d'oeuvre in the fifties ,"He ran all the way" was relegated to direct French pop star Johnny Hallyday in a forgotten turkey "A Tout Casser" .

"Tamango" is a well-made movie but it is icily impersonal.Aisha's character's evolution is predictable.On the other hand ,there's a good use of the wide screen (cinemascope ) particularly effective when it comes to depict the hold where the slaves cram.The documentary side is the most successful,and "Tamango" can be looked upon as the granddaddy of the "Roots " series in the seventies.Tamango himself is close to Kunta in that 1977 Marvin Chomsky's work.


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