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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.

Director:

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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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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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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Connections

Features The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921) See more »

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My favourite art-house wannabe
11 June 2007 | by grandmastersikSee all my reviews

Upon witnessing a suicide on board a trans-Atlantic vessel, a woman assumes the identity of the deceased to escape for a new life.

It turns out that the woman who's life she is replacing in a Polish mail order bride for a rich man in Argentina, who just so happens to run a brothel for the unequal male-female ratio population.

Ah-ha, not quite the lucky break she was hoping for then.

Two rival gangs operate in the city: the Argentines and Jews, and a powerful figure in the Jewish gangland is scheduled to be her first official customer.

I won't spoil it by telling what happens from here on out, but the woman's obsession with the tango-swirling hit-man of the Argentinian gang, Cholo, complicates things, as he battles with himself to keep his emotional distance from a woman he finds truly fascinating...

Superb acting, lavish sets, a simple yet powerful script and all that tango just makes this one quite unforgettable.

I'd strongly suggest anyone looking for something new to hunt down a copy and give this one a go.


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