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Tetro -- Legendary director Francis Ford Coppola delivers his first original screenplay since THE CONVERSATION - and his most autobiographical work ever - in this hauntingly beautiful drama shot entirely in Argentina.
Tetro -- Bennie travels to Buenos Aires to find his long-missing older brother, a once-promising writer who is now a remnant of his former self. Bennie's discovery of his brother's near-finished play might hold the answer to understanding their shared past and renewing their bond
Tetro -- Clip: Glacier ballet
Tetro -- Interview: Alden Ehrereich "On getting the part"
Tetro -- Clip: Coffee shop


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Release Date:
26 June 2009 (Spain) See more »
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Bennie travels to Buenos Aires to find his long-missing older brother, a once-promising writer who is now a remnant of his former self. Bennie's discovery of his brother's near-finished play might hold the answer to understanding their shared past and renewing their bond. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Vincent Gallo ... Angelo 'Tetro' Tetrocini

Alden Ehrenreich ... Bennie

Maribel Verdú ... Miranda
Silvia Pérez ... Silvana

Rodrigo De la Serna ... José (as Rodrigo De La Serna)

Erica Rivas ... Ana (as Érica Rivas)
Mike Amigorena ... Abelardo
Lucas Di Conza ... Young Tetro
Adriana Mastrángelo ... Ángela

Klaus Maria Brandauer ... Carlo / Alfie
Leticia Brédice ... Josefina
Sofía Gala ... María Luisa (as Sofía Castiglione)
Jean-François Casanovas ... Enrique

Carmen Maura ... Alone

Francesca De Sapio ... Amalia
Ximena Maria Iacono ... Naomi
Susana Giménez ... Herself
Pochi Ducasse ... Lili
Nora Elisabeth Robles ... Naomi - Dancer
Pedro Arturo Calveyra ... Carlo - Dancer
Mariela Noemi Magenta ... Ángela - Dancer
Marcelo Fabio Carte ... Tetro - Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Guadalupe Docampo ... (uncredited)
Fran Gayo ... Man in the Street (uncredited)
Juliana Giambroni ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Francis Ford Coppola 
Writing credits
Mauricio Kartun (verse "Fausta")

Francis Ford Coppola  written by

Produced by
Mariela Besuievsky .... co-producer: Spain
Francis Ford Coppola .... producer
Valerio De Paolis .... producer: Italy (as Valerio Di Paolis)
Gerardo Herrero .... co-producer: Spain
Anahid Nazarian .... executive producer
Fred Roos .... executive producer
Masa Tsuyuki .... associate producer
Original Music by
Osvaldo Golijov 
Cinematography by
Mihai Malaimare Jr. 
Film Editing by
Walter Murch 
Casting by
Walter Rippel  (as Walter Rippell)
Production Design by
Sebastián Orgambide 
Art Direction by
Federico García Cambero 
Set Decoration by
Paulina López Meyer (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Cecilia Monti 
Makeup Department
Osvaldo Esperón .... key hair stylist
Norberto Poli .... makeup artist
Beata Wojtowicz .... key makeup artist
Pepito Juez .... hair stylist: Spain (uncredited)
Gregorio Ros .... makeup artist: Spain (uncredited)
Production Management
Adriana Rotaru .... production manager
Winnie Baert .... production supervisor: Tornasol Films, Spain (uncredited)
Yousaf Bokhari .... unit production manager: Spain (uncredited)
Helen Martí Donoghue .... unit manager: Spain (uncredited)
María Merediz .... post-production supervisor: Tornasol Films, Spain (uncredited)
James T. Mockoski .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sol Aramburu .... second assistant director
Roman Coppola .... second unit director
Juan Pablo Laplace .... assistant director
Mariana Wainstein .... third assistant director
Yousaf Bokhari .... first assistant director: Spain (uncredited)
Amilcar Machado .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Óscar Manero .... second assistant director: Spain (uncredited)
Art Department
Jorge Ferrari .... designer: ballet
Mario Gargallo Climent .... construction manager: Spain (uncredited)
Javier González Duato .... construction coordinator: Spain (uncredited)
Daniel Hernández .... stagehand: Spain (uncredited)
Martín Libert .... props (uncredited)
Luis Pastor .... carpenter: Spain (uncredited)
Luciana Quartaruolo .... props (uncredited)
Miguel Rodriguez .... swing gang (uncredited)
Marc Schwarzberg .... graphic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
José Caldararo .... boom operator
Vicente D'Elia .... sound effects editor
Vicente D'Elia .... sound recordist
Bechen de Loredo .... foley mixer
Leandro de Loredo .... adr editor
Leandro de Loredo .... adr recordist
Leandro de Loredo .... sound supervisor
Federico Esquerro .... foley editor
Federico Esquerro .... foley recordist
Juan Ferro .... sound editor
Colin Guthrie .... sound mix technician
Pete Horner .... sound re-recording mixer
Walter Murch .... sound re-recordist
Francisco Pedemonte .... assistant sound editor
Sin Cohen .... mix engineer (uncredited)
Mario González .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Mariela Aracena .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Tomas Kalhous .... head of 2D: UPP
Tomas Kalhous .... senior compositor: UPP
Vincent Badia .... flame operator: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Kevin Bailey .... additional visual effects: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Stepán Batousek .... compositor: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Ezequiel Borovinsky .... visual effects (uncredited)
Ryan Bozajian .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Dennis Dallen .... senior compositor: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Mario Dubec .... 3d artist: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Blanka Faitova .... compositor: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Miro Gal .... senior flame artist: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Ales Gargulak .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Tomas Hajek .... compositor: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Lukas Herrmann .... matte painter: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Jan Heusler .... senior compositor: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Zuzana Hlavkova .... compositor: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Milos Hudec .... data operator: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Dalibor Janda .... compositor: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Jana Jurnickova .... compositor: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Helena Keslova .... compositor: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Pavel Kolar .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Vít Komrzý .... visual effects producer: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Vaclav Kostun .... matchmove artist (uncredited)
Sara Kramarz .... production accountant: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Tomas Krejzek .... 3d artist: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Jirí Linhart .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Petr Masek .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Vladimír Matousek .... 3d artist: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Jaroslav Matys .... head of visual effects production: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Daniel Melich .... matte painter: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Juan Pablo Menchon .... additional visual effects (uncredited)
Viktor Muller .... visual effects supervisor: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Tomas Munzar .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Monika Pavlickova .... visual effects executive producer: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Robert Pik .... on-set visual effects assistant: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Katerina Popelova .... visual effects coordinator: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Marek Ruth .... senior compositor: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Tereza Severova .... matte painter: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Jiri Stamfest .... matte artist (uncredited)
Jakub Szilvasi .... rotoscope artist (uncredited)
Alejo Varisto .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Petr Vcelicka .... compositor: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Eduardo Puga .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Agustin Barrutia .... best boy
Daniel Ciurleo .... gaffer
Leonardo Hermo .... assistant camera
Roger Martínez .... camera assistant: Spain
Miguel Rivarola .... electrician
Massimo Ruggieri .... assistant camera
Alicia Schemper .... still photographer
Enrique Vélez .... grip
Jorge Alcocer .... rigging electrician: Spain (uncredited)
Adriano Castoro .... still photographer: Spain (uncredited)
Jordi Florensa .... camera assistant: Spain (uncredited)
Mark Durdant Hollamby .... grip: Spain (uncredited)
Carlos Marcelo Lanza .... best boy: Spain (uncredited)
Jonathan Lee .... key grip: Spain (uncredited)
Antonio López .... rigging electrician: Spain (uncredited)
Alejandro Ortigueira .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ricardo Rodríguez .... gaffer: Spain (uncredited)
Jorge Sánchez .... rigging electrician: Spain (uncredited)
Casting Department
Ileana Rippel .... casting associate (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Victoria Cachan .... costumer
Jorge Ferrari .... ballet costumes
Gabriela Minzi .... costumer
Verónica Schliemann .... assistant costume designer
Ana Gitrama .... seamstress: Spain (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Valerio De Paolis .... post-production: Italy (as Valerio Di Paolis)
Walter Slater Murch .... associate editor
Ezequiel Borovinsky .... first assistant film editor (uncredited)
Carolina Krasñansky .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Juan Pablo Menchon .... second assistant film editor (uncredited)
Jim Passon .... color timer (uncredited)
Location Management
Joaquina Llambias .... location manager
Ignacio García .... location manager (uncredited)
Federico Noejovich .... location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Jeremy Flower .... composer: source music
Jeremy Flower .... music editor
Claudio Ragazzi .... composer: additional music
Lev Zhurbin .... music preparation
Dante Anzolini .... orchestra conductor (uncredited)
Gonzalo Dominguez .... musician: "Fausta" (uncredited)
Rick Jacobsohn .... music recording engineer (uncredited)
Bernardo Monk .... musician: saxophone (uncredited)
Claudio Ragazzi .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Dawn Upshaw .... musician: vocals (uncredited)
Michael Ward-Bergeman .... musician: accordion (uncredited)
Lev Zhurbin .... additional orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Leonardo Bargiga .... driver (uncredited)
Jose Castro .... driver (uncredited)
Frederic Fabrega .... driver: Spain (uncredited)
Richard Fábrega .... driver: Spain (uncredited)
María Hinojosa .... driver: Spain (uncredited)
Diego Igartua .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Alejandro Ramirez .... driver: Spain (uncredited)
Sergio Reyes .... driver (uncredited)
Ricardo Villalba .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Valerio De Paolis .... additional preparation: Italy (as Valerio Di Paolis)
Ana María Stekelman .... choreographer
Marisa Albares .... account assistant: Tornasol Films, Spain (uncredited)
Aida Argüelles .... cashier: Spain (uncredited)
Nuria Martín Chucrel .... production assistant: Spain (uncredited)
Anne-Marie Cowsill .... researcher (uncredited)
Jim Dobson .... publicist (uncredited)
Pablo Dávila .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Frederic Fabrega .... production staff: Spain (uncredited)
Guillermo Flórez Muñiz .... production assistant: Spain (uncredited)
Adam Frost .... assistant: Zoetrope (uncredited)
Fabian Gabelli .... animal wrangler (uncredited)
Matías Goldberg .... production assistant (uncredited)
Sebastian Goldberg .... production assistant (uncredited)
María Guisado .... publicist (uncredited)
Kurt Hall .... production assistant (uncredited)
Asia Jarzyna .... production coordinator: Spain (uncredited)
Amilcar Machado .... production assistant (uncredited)
Virginia Maillo .... assistant: director, Spain (uncredited)
Isabel Mariscal .... legal advisor: Tornasol Films, Spain (uncredited)
Rocio Martinez .... publicist: UPP Prague (uncredited)
Paula Massa .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Juani Merino .... head of accounts: Tornasol Films, Spain (uncredited)
James T. Mockoski .... archivist (uncredited)
Luciana Olmedo-Wehitt .... production assistant (uncredited)
Sofía Reynal .... production assistant (uncredited)
Evan Rosenstock .... language coach (uncredited)
Fernando Salem .... production assistant (uncredited)
Marc Schwarzberg .... graphic artist (uncredited)
Lola Silberman .... publicist: Argentina (uncredited)
Tania Simbron .... runner: daily (uncredited)
Kathleen Talbert .... publicist: U.S. (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for language, some sexuality and nudity
127 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Brazil:12 | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | France:Tous publics | Ireland:15A | Mexico:B15 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #45641)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Francis Ford Coppola decided to shoot this film the same way he shot Rumble Fish (1983) (in black-and-white, with occasional bursts of colour), since both films held "a spiritual connection" with each other (both are dramas about relationships, primarily that of brotherhood).See more »
Continuity: Early in the movie Tetro stumbles into the kitchen with a broken leg and knocks over some furniture while lighting a cigarette using a burner on the stove. he ignites the burner by just turning the knob on the stove. A few minutes later Miranda must use a match to light a burner on the same stove-top.See more »
[from trailer]
Bennie:[referring to Tetro's play] So what was it about?
Bennie:You're writing the story of our father...
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Movie Connections:
References The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)See more »
Symphony No. 36, K.425: AndanteSee more »


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Don't Go To The Light, 6 July 2009
Author: maniototo from Spain

"Youth is Wasted on the Youth". At a point beyond the barrier of the 40's , we all know that to be true, but the true unfairness of this fact of life is that the opposite is often also true. I for one haven't reached that other age bracket yet, but after having watched "Tetro" -and with the unfortunate reminiscence of Antonioni's "Beyond The Clouds" or on a much lesser level, Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut" still fresh on my mind-, I'm starting to wonder if the weight of the years and decades of very intense reflection doesn't have very nefarious consequences indeed on a talented person's ego. "Tetro" sinks under so much self-importance, as if it couldn't bear the load of wisdom that Coppola wants us to believe he has acquired over the years. Don't get me wrong, we all know Coppola will forever be the outrageously brilliant director of some of the most purely cinematic experiences since the birth of cinema; the problem is, it seems like Coppola's artistic development has been stumped -the impression he gives is that of the snake charmer that has charmed himself. The very infantile notion of "genius" and the need to be recognized as such are at the heart of this very artificial, anachronistically romantic film. I could go on ranting about the incredibly superficial vision of Buenos Aires, which drops us at Café Gran Tortoni, La Boca and Radio La Colifata as if on a sightseeing tour bus - I was surprised there was no scene of a couple dancing tango-.

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