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Assassination Tango (2002)

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

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Tony Manas
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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

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


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Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »
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4 September 2003 (Argentina)  »

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Bérgyilkos tangó  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$64,474 (USA) (30 March 2003)

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$970,185 (USA) (29 June 2003)
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This movie is Robert Duvall's tribute to tango, which is why he filmed it in Buenos Aires 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

Cop at Newsstand: How's the club doin' these days?
John J.: Real good although I-I-I'm gettin' a little too much lately.
Cop at Newsstand: [Sheepishly] You know, I'd come by although I don't think Frankie likes me around that much.
John J.: [Reassuringly] Why not come on in? Frankie's all right once you get to know him.
Cop at Newsstand: Yeah?
John J.: Yeah.
Cop at Newsstand: Still dancin'?
John J.: Some. Not like I used to but some. Yeah.
Cop at Newsstand: You look a little more tired than I remember, John... a little worn out... all those late hours you're keeping...
John J.: [Annoyed about the remark] Ah, whatever.
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Referenced in Telma demain (2005) See more »

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Bahia Blanca
Written by Carlos Di Sarli
Performed by Carlos Di Sarli
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Acting is great, photography truthful, and music splendid.
27 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have seen this movie and thought it was great. The casting is well done because the characters are actually down to earth people. The acting is closer to the way people are in the real world, which makes parts of the plot more tangible. The photography also makes this movie worth seeing, as it shows the world as it is, not changed in any way whatsoever. For the acting and the plot, as well as the photography, this movie is worth seeing. The movie transports the viewer to the areas the main character goes to, which makes the movie extremely enjoyable. The music is great, and is the basis of the movie, and helps it move along while keeping the viewer interested in it.


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