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Assassination Tango (2002)

An aging hitman gets a contract to kill a General in Buenos Aires, Argentina. But when his mark becomes unavailable, he becomes involved in Argentinian tango culture.

Director:

Robert Duvall

Writer:

Robert Duvall
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Duvall ... John J.
Rubén Blades ... Miguel
Kathy Baker ... Maggie
Luciana Pedraza ... Manuela
Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Orlando
James Keane ... Whitey
Frank Gio Frank Gio ... Frankie (as Frankie Gio)
Kate Micheaux ... Jenny
Frank Cassavetes Frank Cassavetes ... Jo Jo
Michael Corrente ... Cop at Newsstand
Raúl Outeda Raúl Outeda ... Tony Manas
Géraldine Rojas Géraldine Rojas ... Pirucha
Renee Victor ... Stella
Richard Marquez Richard Marquez ... Salsa Band Member
Nelson Marquez Nelson Marquez ... Salsa Band Member
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Storyline

John J. 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, 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. Written by Press kit

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

No one is more dangerous than the man who lives two lives.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Robert Duvall and his wife Luciana Pedraza were in a relationship while filming. They got married a year after the film debuted. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in Moviemaking in Virginia: Take 3 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Tres Esquinas
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User Reviews

Tango scenes dynamite, where did they fit in?
18 February 2004 | by priscilla-hopkinsSee all my reviews

The tango scenes were absorbing. But they seemed to be just kluged on to a movie about an aging, warm-hearted gangster. I kept waiting for something to tie these seemingly disparate plot lines together. Nothing ever did. See it to admire a great actor. See it to admire some wonderful dancing and scenery. Just don't try to make sense of it.


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Details

Official Sites:

United Artists

Country:

USA | Argentina

Language:

English | Spanish | German

Release Date:

4 September 2003 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Argentina See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$64,474, 30 March 2003

Gross USA:

$1,013,272

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,013,272
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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