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Assassination Tango -- John J. (Robert Duvall) 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 (Luciana Pedraza), 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.
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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 Pablo 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
Juan Bruno .... choreographer
Laura Calcaterra .... production assistant
Ernesto Candal .... choreographer
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Carlos Copello .... choreographer
Demian Cosentino .... assistant location manager
Aldo Daicono .... choreographer
Enrique De Fazio .... choreographer
Guillermo De Fazio .... choreographer
Jose Delepiane .... choreographer
Cristina Diacono .... choreographer
Samantha Dispari .... choreographer
Barbara Factorovich .... location manager
Ezequiel Farfaro .... choreographer
José Gabriel Fernández .... assistant accountant
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... post-production accountant
Armando Giacovelli .... choreographer
Elsa Gutierrez .... choreographer
Jeff Hill .... unit publicist
Shannon Lail .... production executive: Zoetrope
Clementina Quela Linares .... choreographer
Vanina Lurisci .... choreographer
Vito El Pirata Melino .... choreographer
Martin Miranda .... location assistant
Gabriel Misse .... choreographer
Alicia Monti .... choreographer
Carlos Moyano .... choreographer
Nati Moyano .... choreographer
Natalia Mussolana .... assistant production coordinator
Leandro Nicemboim .... production assistant
Sean Oliver .... adr loop group
Rosa Olivier .... choreographer
Julie Oppenheimer .... script supervisor: second unit
Hector Pajaro .... choreographer
Ada Pelozzo .... choreographer
Carlos Perez .... choreographer
Rosita Perez .... choreographer
Milena Plebs .... choreographer
Gerardo Portalea .... choreographer
Adam Prince .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Guillermo Quiroga .... choreographer
Argentina Raimondo .... choreographer
Roberto Reis .... choreographer
Gregory Routt .... location manager: second unit
Eric Schwarz .... production coordinator: second unit
Rosa Rosita Spagna .... choreographer
Anabella Speziale .... assistant to producers
Mary Sunshine .... production accountant
Spring Sutter .... assistant accountant
Gutierrez Hachard Tomas .... production assistant (as Tomás Gutiérrez)
Graciela Torres .... production accountant
Tracy Young .... script supervisor
Roberto Zambrino .... transfer
Pola Zito .... apprentice (as Paula Zito)
Adam Prince .... very special thanks

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Rated R for language and some violence
114 min
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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 »
John J.:[All in Spanish] So what is tango? It is something new to me. Tango is new in America. I love it.
Tia Maria:Tango is life.
John J.:Life?
Tia Maria:Tango is love. It's hate. Tango is everything.
John J.:Ay?
Tia Maria:[Making a hand gesture] It's a lot of things together.
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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Assassination Tango (2002), 26 February 2004
Author: ManhattanBeatnik from Waynesville, OH

While watching Assassination Tango -- Robert Duvall's follow-up to his directorial debut, The Apostle --, I was vaguely reminded of this year's similarly themed The Dancer Upstairs (which was also directed by a veteran actor-turned-director -- John Malkovich), in that they both deal with a man-on-a-mission who falls for a dancing instructor. Yet the two films handle the subject in such strikingly different manners that any similarity is completely coincidental. While The Dancer Upstairs was a dark romance, Assassination Tango is a surprisingly light drama devoid of the required love affair that's been established by its predecessors. There IS romance, but it never progresses beyond friendship, which is very refreshing to see in such a genre film -- and let there be no misunderstanding: this IS a genre film. The story follows a dancer-by-day, assassin-by-night (Duvall) who's been building a relationship with a woman (Kathy Baker) and her daughter (Katherine Micheaux Miller), both of them -- as the genre demands -- unaware of his profession. When he's assigned a job in Buenos Aires, he discovers (and falls in love with) the tango -- as well as the beautiful woman (Luciana Pedraza) who teaches it to him. The movie follows every rule in the book -- including the "he-really-wants-to-make-it-for-his-daughter's-birthday-but-something-comes-up" twist --, but the difference is that it actually WORKS here; Duvall injects just enough originality and sincerity into the film that you hardly notice how formulaic it all is. The other aspect of Assassination Tango that sets it apart from its kin is its classic feel: there are no high-tech action sequences or gratuitous sex scenes here -- just beautiful scenery and stellar dancing. In fact, the dancing is so intriguing and seductive that it completely overshadows the few action scenes. The performances are all interesting for different reasons: my first observation about Duvall was that his role would have been tailor-made for Robert DeNiro. But as I began to accept the film for what it was rather than what I expected it to be, I started to appreciate the honesty and vulnerability he brought to the part (and the same can be said of his direction and writing). Baker hardly gets any screen time, and when she does its often sans dialogue, but Pedraza steals each scene regardless: her acting is so seamless and authentic that any time she ISN'T on-screen we spend waiting for her to return. It would be easy to criticize the film for being border-line silly (Duvall's various costumes are Clouseau-worthy -- one of them complete with a fake bushy beard), but this would mean neglecting its old-fashioned charm. If there's one quibble I have with the film, its when Duvall tries (in retrospect) to make his relationship with Pedraza seem like more than it really was: they aren't together long enough to make the attempted love story believable, but this is entirely forgivable. By no means a great film, Assassination Tango is a worthy entry in the resume of a film-maker who clearly knows what he's doing.

Grade: B+

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