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Assassination Tango (2002)

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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.

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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)
Katherine Micheaux Miller Katherine Micheaux Miller ... Jenny
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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Details

Official Sites:

United Artists

Country:

USA | Argentina

Language:

English | Spanish | German

Release Date:

4 September 2003 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Bérgyilkos tangó See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$64,474, 30 March 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$970,185, 29 June 2003
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie is Robert Duvall's tribute to tango, which is why he filmed it in Buenos Aires, Argentina, using many real tango dancers and authentic tango locations. Some of the tango celebrity faces you can spot include: Geraldine Rojas and Javiar Rodriguez (Pirucha, sister of Manuela and her first partner), Pablo Veron (Pirucha's final parter in the closing credits), Jorge Dispari and La Turca, Orlanda Paiva, Maria Nieves, Armando Orzuza, Carlos Copello, Alicia Monti, Los Hermanos Macana (two men performing a dance). The club with the checkerboard floor is Club Sin Rumbo, in the outskirt of the city, but a famous barrio for producing excellent tango dancers. 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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Hoppin' With Lindy
Written by Ray Benson
Performed by Ray Benson
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Acting is great, photography truthful, and music splendid.
27 April 2005 | by jch4276See all my reviews

I have seen this movie and thought it was great. The casting is well done because the characters are actually down to earth people. The acting is closer to the way people are in the real world, which makes parts of the plot more tangible. The photography also makes this movie worth seeing, as it shows the world as it is, not changed in any way whatsoever. For the acting and the plot, as well as the photography, this movie is worth seeing. The movie transports the viewer to the areas the main character goes to, which makes the movie extremely enjoyable. The music is great, and is the basis of the movie, and helps it move along while keeping the viewer interested in it.


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