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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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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)
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 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)
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)
Joaquina Llambias .... location manager
Ana María Stekelman .... choreographer
Marisa Albares .... account assistant: Tornasol Films, Spain (uncredited)
Aida Argüelles .... cashier: Spain (uncredited)
Nuria Martín Chucrel .... production assistant: Spain (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)
Ignacio García .... location manager (uncredited)
Matías 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)
Federico Noejovich .... location manager (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:
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Sound Mix:
Brazil:12 | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | France:U | Ireland:15A | Mexico:B15 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #45641)
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Did You Know?

Francis Ford Coppola wanted Matt Dillon in the title role, but Dillon was unavailable due to conflicting schedules with other films. Later, Coppola realized it would be too close to Rumble Fish (1983) (which also starred Dillon), so after a long search he settled on Vincent Gallo for the title role.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]
[Maria meets Bennie for the first time]
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23 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Francis Ford Coppola's: Tetro, 23 July 2009
Author: amarcordforever from United States

For Francis Ford Coppola, the last forty years have been an uphill battle, not only with critics but also against an adoring public who have held him to the highest of standards since such masterpieces as "The Godfather" and "The Godfather: Part 2", both having brought home Best Picture Oscars and garnering best Director nods, the latter presenting him with the win. Films like "One from the Heart" and "Peggy Sue Got Married" make even his most hardcore of fans wonder, "What the hell is going through this guys freakin' skull?" Can directors truly lose their finesse? Can these just be metaphorical ruts like we've seen from the recent string of M. Night Shyamalan disasterpieces? What's the exact percentage ratio of wine from Coppola Vineyards that he consumes to that of which he produces? I digress. Now two years after the mediocre "Youth Without Youth", Coppola churns out "Tetro", a small little self authored Indy film that may just be the one he needs to regain credibility in the eyes of his audiences. The question is…does he pull it off? Bennie (Played by fresh face Alden Ehrenreich) has traveled to Buenos Aires to re-connect with his estranged brother (Vincent Gallo, Buffalo 66') who now goes by the name of "Tetro". Upon his arrival, he is greeted by the gorgeous Miranda (Mirabel Verdu), Tetro's girlfriend, who graciously invites him to stay at their home against Tetro's own reservations. It doesn't take long before Bennie begins to realize that his long lost brother is not the person he once was, but rather an on edge, manic and short tempered poet. "When I met him," says Miranda, "he said he was a writer. He held everything he ever wrote against his chest." As the story unfolds absolutely nothing is what it appears to be and when Bennie gets his hands on one of Tetro's unfinished plays, he finds out that the true story of his family holds secrets darker than he could have ever imagined.

Simply put, "Tetro" is Francis Ford Coppola's reinvention back into "quality" cinema and a perfect example of the wonder that can be achieved when a Director is in control of practically all creative aspects of his work. Don't be mistaken, if you're looking for the Coppola from the 70's, he's long gone. This new Coppola has been reborn, emerging as someone quite different. Funded entirely through revenue from his private vineyard, he's created one of the most stylistically atmospheric black and white films that I've seen in recent memory. One can't help but feel that there are heavy influences by the great Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini throughout, especially through the incorporation of operatic high drama and scenes that feel all too autobiographic to be dismissed as pure coincidence. In addition, there is a subtle Noir accent which is credited to Mihai Malaimare's gorgeous cinematography. Coppola is now, a true Indy, non-conformist filmmaker and my gut tells me that he really doesn't care. Instead, he doesn't give it all away, but rather does an exceptional job of keeping the motives, feelings and details about his characters well hidden for the longest possible duration of time until it is inevitable for such crucial facts to be revealed solely to aid the plot.

Mainstream audiences may just come to hate Tetro. It has an overall "artsy" coat to it that many of today's average moviegoers may not be able to get past. This includes extended, sporadically placed dance sequences from Powell and Pressburger's celluloid Opera "The Tales of Hoffmann" as well as original ballet numbers which are used to convey character emotions and cleverly emphasis certain themes. That said, foreign film aficionados, especially those of such Directors as Giuseppe Tornatore or Michael Radford, will be delighted with Coppola's knowledge of the Genre and passionate homage to those who have coined it. Through the script, he is precise and very careful with what he chooses to include as well as place importance on. With many scenes purely dialogue driven, he is a master of building tension without having to rely on the support of quick cutting, action or special effects to drive home his points.

Actor Vincent Gallo, in one of his first non-self Directed/self written films, fits comfortably into the role of Tetro. His narcissism (which I believe is in fact also grounded in his real life) brings life to the part and he's believable straight up to the films shocking conclusion. There is a certain vulnerability and a hurt that Gallo also manages to convey which is really what makes Tetro such an interesting character to watch on screen. Newcomer Alden Ehrenreich has a look matched by the likes of Leonardo DeCaprio, and certainly has the acting chops to pull it off. There is a definite star appeal about him that seems to emanate naturally which will certainly cause him to gain more roles and credibility as a performer in the future. Mirabel Verdu is absolutely stunning as Miranda and gives off a "Sophia Loren" type elegance, a role that rounds out the feeling that what we're experiencing is in part truly a charming foreign film coming out of what was once a mainstream filmmakers body.

Tetro is a testament to the fact that an artist can pick himself up over the course of decades and learn from his failures as well as his successes. Francis Ford Coppola's recent work is bold, daring and symbolizes his true love for the medium. At its heart you can see that the characters, story and attention to even the most minor of details are shown so much love and care that they could only be executed by a passionate and dedicated creative mind. My only regret after seeing Tetro is that more people will turn down the opportunity to open their eyes and experience it for themselves.

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