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Assassination Tango (2003)

Robert Duvall , Luciana Pedraza , Robert Duvall  |  R |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Duvall, Luciana Pedraza, Rubén Blades, Kathy Baker, Julio Oscar Mechoso
  • Directors: Robert Duvall
  • Writers: Robert Duvall
  • Producers: Robert Duvall, Raúl Outeda, Francis Ford Coppola, Linda Reisman, Rob Carliner
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Portuguese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: December 9, 2003
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DI881
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,966 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Assassination Tango" on IMDb

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  • Deleted scenes
  • Alternate ending
  • Behind-the-scenes photo gallery

Editorial Reviews

Robert Duvall's fascination with tango finds its expression in this labor of love, a film he wrote, directed, and stars in. Duvall plays a professional hit man on a job in Argentina. Forced to kill time instead of his target, he learns about tango, and meets a beautiful young dancer who teaches him the art. Seeing this precise, passionate dance, one feels no doubt it is worthy of Duvall's obsession. The hit-man plotline becomes less urgent as the movie goes on, and the director's loose, improvisatory approach makes for a certain sketchiness in scenes. But, like Duvall's marvelously odd The Apostle, the darn thing is intriguing. In leading lady Luciana Pedraza, Duvall has found a stunning partner--a slinky tango dancer and a beguiling actress. (One has no doubt she is worthy of his obsession, too.) This is a film from the "uneven" file, but like many such movies, it has its attractions. --Robert Horton

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OscarÂ(r) winner* Robert Duvall writes, directs and stars in this "fascinating" (Roger Ebert) tale of dancing, deception and deadly passion on the sizzling streets of Argentina. Starring Ruben Blades, Kathy Baker and Luciana Pedraza, Assassination Tango is "part gritty crime thriller, part dance-driven romance, part evocative character study" (The Hollywood Reporter). Veteran hit man John J. (Duvall) has just received the toughest assignment of his career: Travel to Buenos Aires, take down a corrupt general and be back in America in less than three days. But when the hit is unexpectedly delayed, John finds himself prowling the city's intoxicating tango clubs only to be seduced by a sultry dancer (Pedraza), tempted by the tango and betrayed by a lethal conspiracy. *1983: Actor, Tender Mercies

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is clearly an act of love for Duvall. April 7, 2003
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Robert Duvall is one of the best actors of the late 20th Century. We are aware of Duvall's versatility in movies in everything from "The Godfather" and "The Apostle" to "Gods and Generals." Few people outside the tango community know that he is a passionate tango dancer. It is obvious that this production was an act of love. This movie will probably not go into general release at your local theater. I really expect it to have a limited release. Notwithstanding that, my advice to you is to see it even if you have to drive two hours [one way] to go to a theater as my wife and I did recently. It was really worthwhile.
It is a movie that did not do well in the Toronto Film Festival in 2002. Because of that, certain portions of the film were re-shot in Buenos Aires. Even still, the movie provoked discussion on the Tango-L listserv. It has been criticized for its "weak" plot. I find the plot less complicated than Sally Porter's "Tango Lesson," and the style of dancing to be less of the "fantasy tango" style and more of the salon style that you see in Buenos Aires today. This movie will have definite appeal to milongueros and tango junkies, as well as some die-hard ballroom dancers.
I loved the dancing in the movie, and I really wish there was more of it. A few years ago, I was pleased to have seen some of the people in the movie dance several years ago at Duvall's farm in northern Virginia. This is the kind of dancing I like. I would love it if there were a "director's cut" of this movie available soon. I would be the first to buy it.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pedraza Alone Worth The Price Of The DVD April 15, 2006
I took a shot at buying this DVD sight-unseen, something I rarely do and usually regret, but not in this case. I found it even more fascinating than I hoped, thanks to a totally-unknown actress. Two viewings within a year has not changed my opinion.

This movie is just different, a unique portrait of strange older hit-man and the people in his life. I am not surprised a number of viewers did not like this film, even fans of Robert Duvall. It's probably just too quirky for most tastes and too slow for most viewers. Despite being low- key, there are some moments of intense temper and violence on the part of Duvall which helps keep ones attention.

I didn't need that, however, to keep my attention. Just trying to figure out Duvall kept me intrigued. My attention, however, accelerated when newcomer Luciana Pedraza entered the picture.

Pedraza is one of the most interesting "new faces" I've seen on film: a woman who has intelligence written over her face as few modern actresses ever have. This woman has a lot to offer: looks, intelligence, a good figure, a great dancer, wonderful voice and despite being Argentine, speaks better English than many Americans. A pity that to my knowledge, this is still her only screen appearance.

Between her and Duvall - who are both complex characters to say the least - along with some wonderfully-colorful cinematography, great dance scenes and intrigue about how an assassination plot will turn out,

I found this film and the DVD - which is inexpensive - very pleasing.This is unknown film that isn't fully appreciated.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A major actor's ego trip that could be worth viewing April 16, 2003
Robert Duvall is among the greatest film actors of the last forty years. He fills the screen and it is virtually impossible for any other actor to upstage him. This films reminds me of the time when Richard Burton read off the names in a phone book---and the audience was held spellbound by the late thespian�s ability to make such a normally boring event seem wildly interesting. �Assassination Tango� lacks coherence and is something of a rambling mess. And yet, I found the experience highly rewarding.
Duvall is a director of modest talent. The movie is supposedly about a overage professional killer who must travel to Argentina to assassinate a retired general who is allegedly guilty of crimes against humanity. None of this ever makes any logical sense. But the dancing and the beautiful cinematography are exhilarating. Duvall has the extraordinary talent to turn meandering dialogues into riveting scenes. We are entranced by his character�s adoration of the girlfriend�s daughter. The flirtations between John J. Anderson (Duvall) and the gorgeous and significantly younger tango instructor Manuella (Luciana Pedraza) are poignant and even a bit touching. �Assassination Tango� is definitely not for everyone. I give it four stars, and recommend it only to those who believe that great acting alone can salvage a less than well put together script. In many respects �Assassination Tango� is nothing more than Robert Duvall�s grandiose ego trip. Nonetheless, it still might be well worth an evening of your time.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Does not quite click April 14, 2003
Actor Robert Duvall apparently has a liking for the tango dance, and wanted to share his passion with the world via a film. However, perhaps he felt that something needed to be added to the storyline to reach a wider audience. Thus, as writer, director, and producer of ASSASSINATION TANGO, he added another plot - or is it a subplot? - about a professional killer hired for a South American wet job.
Duvall plays John Anderson, an aging hit man in the employ of Big Apple mobster, Frankie (Frank Gio). The light of Anderson's life is 10-year old Jenny (Katherine Miller), the daughter of his significant other, Maggie (Kathy Baker). Though Jenny's birthday is the following week, John accepts an assignment in Argentina to whack a retired general. Frankie assures him that the job should only take three days - a quick down and back in time for birthday cake and presents. However, once in Buenos Aires, the hit is postponed, and John must cool his heels for three weeks. During that period, Anderson's anger over the delay dissipates as he discovers the tango. Or rather, as he re-discovers the tango, which is more structured and passionately choreographed in Argentina than the comparatively staid version back home. And it doesn't hurt that he becomes enthralled with tango dancer Manuela (Luciana Pedraza), who consents to give him lessons.
It's not that ASSASSINATION TANGO is a bad film. Nothing with Duvall can be awful. But the bilateral plot didn't click. On one hand, it was never explained why the general needed killing beyond vague references to some terrible things he'd done in the past, presumably against Argentine innocents. That wasn't enough for me to cheer on Anderson's success in the endeavor beyond a laissez-faire goodwill that I would minimally grant the protagonist of any story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Interesting plot. Amazingly mixes politics, mob activity, family man, assassin, husband, father, with the romance of Argentina, their women and of course, the Tango! Read more
Published 3 days ago by RMIGHTY1
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Intelligent movie, wonderful characterization, Duvall the best.

Definitely an adult movie, not because of violence or sex, but because it took thought to appreciate the... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Roxanne
4.0 out of 5 stars La vida y la muerte en Tangolandia
Having visited Buenos Aires and observed the tango obsession, I really enjoyed this story of a professional killer and ballroom dance lover who travels to BA to kill a general and... Read more
Published 8 days ago by lonebeaut
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time!
This movie was a Total waste of time! If you like watching the Tango then you might like at least part of this movie!
Published 9 days ago by Jerry C Stom
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
This turned out to be much better than I had anticipated. Duvall once again shows he can fill any role.
Published 19 days ago by Bob
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Acting
Bad acting, bad story, slow pace. Robert Duvall can act better than that. This movie was not for him. I thought it was in bad taste to mix the Tango in this story. Read more
Published 24 days ago by lm
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak all around.
Subpar acting. The plot is weak. . The tango has nothing to do with the plot. Poorly wrapped up kn the end.
Published 28 days ago by Fast Turtle
1.0 out of 5 stars Stupid Movie ...
. . . with Robert Duvall--once again--trying to play the tough, rough type. Always ridiculous. Yet, again, he takes a killer and gives him a heart. Killers are psychopaths. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Liquessence
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!
I love it! My kind of a movie. Robert Duvall is great, as always (Hit man who has Class!). And gorgeous Argentinian women!
Published 1 month ago by EugeneS
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked it a lot!
I am a professional Tango dancer. I love the theme of the movie! It is very sexy yet elegant throughout the whole movie!
Published 1 month ago by Weiyang Shao
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