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Tango (1998)

PG-13 | | Drama, Musical | 12 February 1999 (USA)
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Mario Suarez is a forty-something tango artist, whose wife Laura has left him. He leaves his apartment and starts preparing a film about tango.



Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mario Suárez
Cecilia Narova ...
Laura Fuentes
Carlos Nebbia
Carlos Rivarola ...
Ernesto Landi
Sandra Ballesteros ...
María Elman
Óscar Cardozo Ocampo ...
Daniel Stein
Sergio Lieman
Julio Bocca ...
Julio Bocca
Angelo Larroca
Martín Seefeld ...
Andrés Castro
Ricardo Díaz Mourelle ...
Waldo Norman
Antonio Soares Junior ...
Bodyguard 1 / Dancer
Ariel Casas ...
Carlos Thiel ...
Dr. Ramírez


Set in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the film tells the story of director Mario Suarez's quest to make the ultimate tango film. Lonely after his wife (one of the film's stars) has left him, Mario must find the themes that will hold the film together, while simultaneously permitting his musicians and dancers the freedom of expression that is necessary to satisfy the tango-hungry Argentine audience. Things become complicated when Mario falls in love with Elena, a beautiful and talented young dancer who is the girlfriend of the powerful and dangerous Angelo Larroca, an investor in the picture. And Mario's creative vision is challenged by his investors when he plans a scene that recreates Argentina's dark years of political suppression and "disappearances". Written by Martin Lewison <lewison+@pitt.edu>

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Never leave me.


Drama | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sensuality, some disturbing images and brief language | See all certifications »





Release Date:

12 February 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tango  »

Box Office


ESP 700,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$78,315 (USA) (12 February 1999)


$1,687,311 (USA) (9 July 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


Argentina's official submission for the 1998 Oscar Awards, Foreign Language film category. See more »


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Mario Suárez: Why? If I may ask...
Elena Flores: We don't understand eachother. I'm not easy.
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I adore Tango music
12 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

The dancing in this movie was wonderful to watch. The posture of the dancers amazing. The colours magnificent. I found the tale fascinating. I believe what we watched was the film being made and the story told was what the director wanted us to see, because at the end, everyone was clapping and all were friendly.It was all make believe. The tale was not to be taken seriously, it was a play within a play.

On the otherhand what happened in Argentina many years ago was true and the way the director directed this sad time was very inventive. It showed through dancing the tragic story.

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