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Assassination Tango (2002)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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John J.
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Miguel
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Maggie
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Manuela
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Orlando
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Whitey
Frank Gio ...
Frankie (as Frankie Gio)
Katherine Micheaux Miller ...
Jenny
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Jo Jo
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Cop at Newsstand
Raúl Outeda ...
Tony Manas
Géraldine Rojas ...
Pirucha
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Stella
Richard Marquez ...
Salsa Band Member
Nelson Marquez ...
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Storyline

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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general | tango | argentina | teacher | hitman | See more »

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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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Assassination Tango  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$64,474 (USA) (28 March 2003)

Gross:

$970,185 (USA) (27 June 2003)
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Trivia

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

Miguel: Tomorrow we're going to get rid of a very, very bad person.
John J.: [Muttering inaudibly] All right. OK.
Miguel: This country's going to be a better country because of it.
John J.: Whether that guy's rotten to the core should make a difference, but it doesn't. My job doesn't depend on a list of character references. My job is my job, and that's it. Tomorrow evening I intend to do my job.
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Referenced in Telma demain (2005) See more »

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Tango scenes dynamite, where did they fit in?
18 February 2004 | by (Falls Church, VA) – See all my reviews

The tango scenes were absorbing. But they seemed to be just kluged on to a movie about an aging, warm-hearted gangster. I kept waiting for something to tie these seemingly disparate plot lines together. Nothing ever did. See it to admire a great actor. See it to admire some wonderful dancing and scenery. Just don't try to make sense of it.


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