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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 Allégret ...
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 <>

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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  »

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Box Office


$1,250,000 (estimated)


SEK 2,704,423 (Sweden)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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According to his autobiography "Brando: Songs My Mother Taught Me", the reason why Marlon Brando refused to do a full frontal nude scene was because his "penis shrank to the size of a peanut on set". See more »


When Jennie disappears during her bridal gown fitting, Tom goes running down the street to find her in the pouring rain. As he gets about fifty feet from the camera he sudden runs into a section of the street that is dry and there is no rain coming down. He apparently ran past the maximum range of the rain making equipment they were using for the shot. 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 Body Double (1984) See more »


Last Tango in Paris
Composed by Gato Barbieri
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24 November 2007 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

The movie is above brilliant. It leaves you impressed for days, and when the impression starts to fade, you watch it again. And again... Why do I find this movie so special? Because it is. It is a refreshment: it can move you, make you wonder, make you dream - of Paris, of destroying passion, of love which is above the ordinary, of places and people you have yet to meet or yet never to meet... It is a movie of passionate imagination coming true. I have to say that I can't believe people see the sex-scenes in this movie just like any other sex scenes. They're not scenes to make people watch the movie and just wait for the part in which Brando and Schneider have sex. It is amazing sex. It is passion. Strange and exotic fruit. Makes you speechless and addicted. But yet, it is bittersweet... Watch the movie, it is a genuine a work of art, a masterpiece of European cinematography, and I also have to point out- the music from the movie is brilliant, jazz, tango... sabor suave y delicioso :)

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