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4 September 2003 (Argentina) See more »
No one is more dangerous than the man who lives two lives.
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Robert Duvall ... John J.

Rubén Blades ... Miguel

Kathy Baker ... Maggie

Luciana Pedraza ... Manuela

Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Orlando

James Keane ... Whitey
Frank Gio ... Frankie (as Frankie Gio)
Katherine Micheaux Miller ... Jenny

Frank Cassavetes ... Jo Jo

Michael Corrente ... Cop at Newsstand
Raúl Outeda ... Tony Manas
Géraldine Rojas ... Pirucha

Renee Victor ... Stella
Richard Marquez ... Salsa Band Member
Nelson Marquez ... Salsa Band Member
Guillermo Cespedes ... Salsa Band Member
Humberto Nengue Hernandez ... Salsa Band Member
Elvio Nessier ... General Humberto Rojas
Alicia Palmes ... Housekeeper
Susana Lanteri ... General's Wife
María Nieves ... Tia Maria
Orlando Paiva ... Paiva
Jorge Noya ... Hotel Night Clerk
Héctor Malamud ... Hotel Day Clerk
Daniel Reyes ... Chief of Police
Fernando Llosa ... Intelligence Officer
Gregory Dayton ... Intelligence Officer's Aide
Eduardo Wigutow ... Orlando's Uncle
Marzenka Novak ... Orlando's Aunt
Natalia Lobo ... The Prostitute
Ricardo Lazara ... Pensione Owner
Carmen Renard ... Pensione Owner's Mother
Javier Rodriguez ... Pirucha's 1st Tango Partner
Pablo Verón ... Pirucha's Final Tango Partner
Armando Orzuza ... Manuela's Tango Partner
Jorge Dispari ... Tango Instructor and Choreographer
María del Carmen Romero ... La Turca
Jorge Manganelli ... Sin Rumbo Club MC
Jorge Varas ... News Reporter
Javier Montu ... TV Announcer
Alberto Gabiero ... Deli Man
Stella Misse ... Manuela's Girlfriend
Mariana Otero ... Manuela's Girlfriend
Delfina ... Manuelita
Maria Salome Resano ... Riding Teacher
Gabriel Cejas ... Chirozo Guy
Carlos Rodida ... Carlito
Estela Arcos ... Ballroom Teacher
Dario Dorzi ... Ballroom Dancer
Alicia Beatriz Sampayo ... Ballroom Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Macarena Farias ... Classmate girl
Olga Nani
Hernán Lozano ... Man in show (uncredited)
Gustavo Pastorini ... Men at bar (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Duvall 
Writing credits
Robert Duvall (written by)

Produced by
Steven Brown .... co-producer
Rob Carliner .... producer
Francis Ford Coppola .... executive producer
Robert Duvall .... producer
Raúl Outeda .... co-producer
Linda Reisman .... executive producer
Original Music by
Luis Bacalov 
Cinematography by
Félix Monti 
Film Editing by
Stephen Mack 
Casting by
Ed Johnston 
Renee Rousselot 
Production Design by
Stefania Cella 
Art Direction by
Sara Parks 
Set Decoration by
Javier Casals 
Costume Design by
Beatriz De Benedetto 
Makeup Department
Anthony Gueli .... hair stylist: second unit
Silvana Kopel .... key makeup artist
Nancy Marignac .... assistant hair stylist
Alberto Moccia .... key hair stylist
Manlio Rocchetti .... makeup artist: Mr. Duvall
Production Management
Barbara Factorovich .... unit manager
Michele Giordano .... production supervisor: second unit
Jennifer Lane .... post-production supervisor
M. Michelle Nishikawa .... production supervisor
Jonathan Perel .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fernando Altschul .... first assistant director
Yvette Gurza .... second assistant director
Elaine Kavanagh .... second assistant director: second unit
Amanda Slater .... first assistant director: second unit
Sebastián Wainstein .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Federico Casagrande .... assistant set decorator
Mauro Do Porto .... assistant property master
Matías Games .... assistant set decorator
Martín Libert .... set dresser
Horácio Mondello .... lead man
Julio Pascoli .... construction coordinator
Elizabeth Schlitten .... property master: second unit
Alejandra Tomás .... property master
Maria Vacas .... art department coordinator
Sound Department
Steve C. Aaron .... production sound mixer
Roberto Cappannelli .... sound re-recording mixer
Benjamin Cheah .... supervising sound editor
Scott Clements .... boom operator
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Gisburg .... assistant sound editor (as Gisburg Smialek)
Kenton Jakub .... adr editor
George A. Lara .... foley mixer
Mark Pearman .... sound effects recordist
Jacob Ribicoff .... foley supervisor
Jac Rubenstein .... supervising dialogue editor
Steve F.B. Smith .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (as Steve Smith)
Wyatt Sprague .... sound effects editor
Pablo Trilnik .... sound effects recordist
Peter Waggoner .... sound re-recording mixer
Lila Yomtoob .... apprentice sound editor
Paul J. Zydel .... adr engineer (as Paul Zydel)
Special Effects by
Federico Cueva .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Steven Fagerquist .... digital compositing artist
Peter Koczera .... senior digital artist
Derek Ledbetter .... visual effects
Federico Cueva .... stunt coordinator
Mariano Cueva .... stunts
Andrea López .... stunts
Patricio Skinner .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Julio Aranda .... assistant chief lighting technician
Willi Behnisch .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Jorge Guillermo Behnisch)
Joe Christofori .... first assistant camera: second unit
Mark Egyud .... assistant lighting technician: second unit
Brian Heller .... aerial cinematographer
Daniel Hermo .... electrician
Alejandro Manocchio .... second company grip
John McEnerney .... second company grip: second unit
Jorge 'Quito' Molina .... chief lighting technician
Derek Murphy .... electrician: second unit
Ignacio Musich .... first assistant camera
Guillermo Nespolo .... key grip
Gilberto Otero .... camera operator
Vanesa Ritaco .... second assistant camera
Carlos Ritter .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Demián Rodenstein .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Joseph Sciretta .... chief lighting technician: second unit (as Joe Sciretta)
Kevin Smyth .... key grip: second unit (as Kevin Smythe)
Juan Ángel Urrozola .... still photographer
Valeria Weil .... video assist operator
Casting Department
Sondra James .... voice casting
Jennifer Levy .... casting associate
Pablo Pérez Giménez .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pam Aaron .... costumer: second unit
María Christina Astudillo .... seamstress
Laura Calcaterra .... wardrobe assistant
Carla Danio .... assistant wardrobe
Ellen Falguiere .... assistant costume designer
Fátima Macera .... key costumer (as María Fátima Macera)
Paula Taratuto .... key costumer
Coca Álvarez .... seamstress
Editorial Department
Gilbert Carreras .... color timer (as Gil Carreras)
Jeff Chaves .... colorist (digital color correction)
Guillermo Grillo .... second assistant editor
Alejandro Santangelo .... assistant editor
Amy R. Trachtman .... post-production coordinator
Kenneth Wachtel .... assistant editor
Philip Weisman .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Missy Cohen .... additional music editor
Charles Feldman .... music supervisor (as Charlie Feldman)
Goffredo Gibellini .... score mixer
Patrick Mullins .... music editor
Transportation Department
Ricardo Avelluto .... transportation coordinator
Gabriel Goldszmidt .... transportation captain
Joe Mallon .... transportation captain: second unit
Other crew
Susan Paley Abramson .... assistant to executive producer
Patricia Apter .... production coordinator
Julia Auge .... assistant to producer
Luis Bernardez .... assistant to unit production manager
Laura Calcaterra .... production assistant
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Demian Cosentino .... assistant location manager
Barbara Factorovich .... location manager
José Gabriel Fernández .... assistant accountant
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... post-production accountant
Tomás Gutiérrez .... production assistant
Jeff Hill .... unit publicist
Shannon Lail .... production executive: Zoetrope
Martin Miranda .... location assistant
Natalia Mussolana .... assistant production coordinator
Leandro Nicemboim .... production assistant
Sean Oliver .... adr loop group
Julie Oppenheimer .... script supervisor: second unit
Adam Prince .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Gregory Routt .... location manager: second unit
Eric Schwarz .... production coordinator: second unit
Anabella Speziale .... assistant to producers
Mary Sunshine .... production accountant
Spring Sutter .... assistant accountant
Graciela Torres .... production accountant
Tracy Young .... script supervisor
Roberto Zambrino .... transfer
Pola Zito .... apprentice (as Paula Zito)

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Rated R for language and some violence
114 min
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Did You Know?

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 »
Tia Maria:[Talking about Manuela and her sister] They were already dancing in their mother's womb.See more »
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
My observations about the film after living here three years, 22 April 2008
Author: Winterble from Buenos Aires, Argentina

I love this film so much I bought it in DVD, and in the last three years have shown it to 1) my Argentine wife; 2) her adult children and their friends; 3)several of my Argentine friends, and 4) the cats (who have to watch it while I'm watching it). All except the last have -- to a person -- found it both completely believable and unremarkable in the sense of "yeah, so what's new?" in its verisimilitude. The film is just about as crazy as real life is in Argentina, and the police-overruling-police scene is just one example. The conversations in the tango joint about the tango and people and Argentina and life are all about as real as I've witnessed here myself.

The longer I'm here the more I realize how difficult it is to portray what Argentina is "really like," mainly because it isn't any one thing but a whole mishmash of cultural, historical, economic, and political things that career around in people's lives and their minds and their emotions continuously.

The only thing I can say for sure is that if you meet anyone -- even an Argentine -- who tells you Argentina and its life and culture are easy to explain, don't believe it.

Someone said living here is like living a Kafka novel, and sometimes it certainly can feel that way. Conspiracy theory as a way of life has been endemic here, as far as I can tell, since the country first got going. The rural-urban split is real -- the whole City of Buenos Aires votes completely differently from the rest of the country and it doesn't mean a whit of difference except that the federal government becomes even more reluctant to help the capital because its politics are so frequently played out on another planet. And I'm not sure I agree with other comments that Argentines have a big inferiority complex; I think it's more like a "confusion" complex, i.e., "Why don't these other people understand life the way I do?"

The film also reminds me a bit of Apochalypse Now in that you just sort of have to watch it -- many times, perhaps -- and realize at the end you're just about as confused as you were when you first saw it, so if you're like me, you accept that, live with it, and are happy to hear any new interpretations that might come along.

Finally, I believe that Argentina is not a comfortable place to live if you're not extremely familiarity with and experienced in living in paradox, confusion, and Isaiah Berlin's theory of "negative freedoms." Thank God, I love it. But I know many don't!

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