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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

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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

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Cop at Newsstand: How's the club doin' these days?
John J.: Real good although I-I-I'm gettin' a little too much lately.
Cop at Newsstand: [Sheepishly] You know, I'd come by although I don't think Frankie likes me around that much.
John J.: [Reassuringly] Why not come on in? Frankie's all right once you get to know him.
Cop at Newsstand: Yeah?
John J.: Yeah.
Cop at Newsstand: Still dancin'?
John J.: Some. Not like I used to but some. Yeah.
Cop at Newsstand: You look a little more tired than I remember, John... a little worn out... all those late hours you're keeping...
John J.: [Annoyed about the remark] Ah, whatever.
[...]
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Birthday Waltz
Written by Robert Duvall
Performed by Robert Duvall
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No German General
5 June 2006 | by sergiosaurioSee all my reviews

Hello:

I do like the comment about the movie. It is very interesting to notice that a small mistake took place in it. It is not a general from Germany that was shot by Robert Duval. That is an old cliché that every military in my country was a German nazi. Imagine a nazi general amazingly old... He was a standard general of Argentina that might have done bad things between 1976 and 1983 in the times of the Military Dictatorship in my Argentina. I was born in Buenos Aires and the atmosphere of some neighborhoods of it was really fascinating and real. The performances of all the artists are very deep, natural and attractive. Cheers, Sergio.


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