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Last Tango in Paris (1972)

Ultimo tango a Parigi (original title)
NC-17 | | Drama, Romance | 7 February 1973 (USA)
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A young Parisian woman meets a middle-aged American businessman who demands their clandestine relationship be based only on sex.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Michi ...
Rosa's Mother / La mère de Rosa
Giovanna Galletti ...
Prostitute / La prostituée
Gitt Magrini ...
Jeanne's Mother / La mère de Jeanne
Catherine (as Catherine Allegret)
Luce Marquand ...
Marie-Hélène Breillat ...
Monique (as Marie-Helene Breillat)
Dan Diament ...
TV Sound Engineer / L'ingénieur du son
Catherine Sola ...
TV Script Girl / La script-girl
Mauro Marchetti ...
TV Cameraman / Le cameraman
Tom - un cinéaste, le fiancé de Jeanne (as Jean-Pierre Leaud)
Peter Schommer ...
TV Assistant Cameraman / L'assistant-opérateur


While looking for an apartment, Jeanne, a beautiful young Parisienne, encounters Paul, a mysterious American expatriate mourning his wife's recent suicide. Instantly drawn to each other, they have a stormy, passionate affair, in which they do not reveal their names to each other. Their relationship deeply affects their lives, as Paul struggles with his wife's death and Jeanne prepares to marry her fiance, Tom, a film director making a cinema-verite documentary about her. Written by Erich Schneider <erich@bush.cs.tamu.edu>

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for some explicit sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 February 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Last Tango in Paris  »

Box Office


$1,250,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


| (R-rated) | (rough cut)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Paul puts on the Colonel's kepi (the French military hat that had belonged to Jeanne's father) and says to Jeanne, "How do you like your hero? Over easy or sunny side up?" Marlon Brando, the author of most of the film's English dialogue, is using egg imagery because the gold braid on an officer's hat is referred to as "scrambled eggs" in the U.S. military. Brando attended Shattuck Military Academy (from which he was booted out) and failed his physical for the U.S. Army during World War II, due to a bum knee hurt playing high school football. See more »


When Paul and Jeanne are at the sinks together, she says, "I prefer to be a whore." Her lips do not move during that line. See more »


[first lines]
Paul: [with his hands over his ears at the overwhelming sound of a passing train] Fucking GOD!
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Referenced in The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour: Episode #4.16 (1974) See more »


Performed by Marlon Brando
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possibly the best performance of Brando's career
6 January 2000 | by (roanoke va) – See all my reviews

the original X-rated version (just recently rerated NC-17) is possibly my favorite tragic romance that i've ever seen. Marlon Brando delivers a fierce impassioned performance that has yet to be equaled by himself or any other actor. surprisingly, the much debated sex scenes (did they really do it?) aren't really explicit from a nudity aspect (not much is shown.) but what they DON'T show makes the scenes that much more erotic and realistic.

my only complaints is the the last third is a little too drawn out and the ending could have been constructed better, but those are moot points.

any fanatic of classic cinema should have this film in their collections. and anyone that wants to see how to make a great tragically romantic film should view this one repeatedly.

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