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Naked Tango (1990)

When a young European woman assumes a false identity in 1920s Argentina, she gets more than she bargained for.

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Leonard Schrader
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Cholo
Mathilda May ... Alba / Stephanie
Fernando Rey ... Judge Torres
Tony Payne Tony Payne ... Waiter
Henry Holmes Henry Holmes ... Passenger
Anthony Pratt Anthony Pratt ... Ship's Captain
Dodi Scheuer Dodi Scheuer ... Immigration Officer
Esai Morales ... Zico Borenstein
Cipe Lincovsky ... Mama
Josh Mostel ... Bertoni the Jeweler
Sergio Lerer Sergio Lerer ... Fake Rabbi
Patricio Bisso Patricio Bisso ... Gaston the Hairdresser
Constance McCashin Constance McCashin ... Flora
Marcos Woinsky Marcos Woinsky ... Big Thug
Rubén Szuchmacher Rubén Szuchmacher ... Small Thug
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Storyline

Returning by ship to South America, a young girl escapes her elderly husband by swapping places with a girl committing suicide. She believes her new life will be that of an arranged marriage but finds it is in fact a trick to get her working in a brothel. . Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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She never dreamed she could hate a man so much. And love him even more.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sensuality, violence and language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Switzerland | Argentina | Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1991 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Gymno tango See more »

Filming Locations:

Argentina See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gotan,Grupo Baires,Jade M See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

William Hurt was considered for the role of Cholo, but pulled out, and Esai Morales was in line for the role before being cast as Zico. See more »

Quotes

Cholo: The REAL you belongs to me.
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Alternate Versions

Alternate Ending: In the European version of the film, Cholo shoots the lights out before being fatally shot by the police. See more »

Connections

Features The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1962) See more »

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TANGO: cruel and charming
18 May 2000 | by ELF-8See all my reviews

First of all I have to say, that NAKED TANGO made me fall in love with tango 9 years ago...Now I've seen it once again, the 6th time! I must say that dance scenes are stunningly beautiful, enchanting!

I was complaining about too few good tango scenes, but I wasn't correct because in this movie there are plenty of them. However they are not seen clear, I mean, you can not see all body of the dancers in motion, to fix the steps. But it's not important now. Because I've understood why. Dancers are covered by twilight, shadow, by secret. The main thing there is the soul, not steps. It's the style of the movie.

The one thing I don't love, it's murdering and violence. Yes, I know, the world is cruel, the tango is cruel. It's true. But is it really the only end to finish our passionate creations, seekings, our love in the death?

Although I myself have been dancing Argentine tango just a year, but I found in this various emotions, such as tenderness, longing, grief, sadness, melancholy, even weakness.

In this movie there is one tango scene, at the end, there Cholo and Alba are dancing in her house. Slow, very slow and smooth, with music full of tenseness, presentation of disaster and tenderness at the same time. I love this.


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