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Tamango (1957)

Dorothy Dandridge , Curt Jurgens , John Berry  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dorothy Dandridge, Curt Jurgens, Jean Servais, Roger Hanin, Guy Mairesse
  • Directors: John Berry
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Blax Film
  • Run Time: 98.0 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000C03O8S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,877 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Stirring historical drama in which newly enslaved black African Cressan stirs revolt while being transported to Cuba aboard a slave ship. Dandridge is excellent in the complex role of a slave who is ship captain Jurgens' mistress. Way ahead of its time, and ripe for rediscovery. Based on a novelette by Prosper Merimee. *** Leonard Maltin

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware this Amazon listing error! October 11, 2004
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I finally tracked this movie down last week after trying to buy it twice on Amazon. For such a rare film, it seemed odd that there were so many copies for sale. It turns out there is a listing error on this site. It seems that whenever a seller tries to list the Ronald Reagan film CAVALRY CHARGE, it comes out listed under TAMANGO. If you order one of these $13 items, you will get CAVALRY CHARGE in the mail. If you are ordering TAMANGO, either look for a more expensively listed item or one where the seller mentions the film itself in the description.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dorothy Dandridge saves the movie... March 29, 2001
By Lauren
Format:VHS Tape
Tamango is the story of a slave ship, during the early 1800's, on a voyage to Cuba. Curd Jürgens plays the captain of the slave ship ~ Dorothy Dandridge plays Aiche, a mulatto/mixed slave who is also the Captain's lover. When a new slave, Tamango (played by an unknown actor, Alex Cressan) comes aboard, he plans (with the help of the other slaves) to take over the ship so they can return back to Africa to become free again. While they manage to take over part of the ship, they don't do as well as they planned; but they have taken Aiche hostage. Aiche must choose to help her fellow slaves, or the Captain (who happens to own her, although he doesn't mistreat her and gives her special treatment). Dorothy looks beautiful as usual (she grew her hair long for the role) and her acting talent shines all through out the film. However, I am dissapointed at how cheap the movie was made. A lot of the actors voices have been dubbed (their mouths don't match what they are saying) and the sound and picture quality is not very good. Also, the ending kind of leaves you wanting more. "Tamango" never became very popular because sadly in 1959, it was banned in the United States because of the depiction of interracial romance.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dandridge and Two Worlds September 22, 2004
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A story of a revolt on a slave ship was actually around prior to the more recent Amistad but unfortunately, few seemed to have much interest in it judging from the limited distribution of this film when it first appeared in the conservative atmosphere of the 50's. It was actually banned in France. The objection of course, was the interracial relationship between slave ship captain Curt Jurgens and his slave mistress Aiche (Dorothy Dandridge). When a revolt occurs, Dandridge as a marginalized person tries to stay uninvolved, even though she has some attraction to the revolt leader Tamango. She is not really liked by the African captives as she has "given" herself to the white captain and is, of course, viewed as a slave by the white crew members. Curt Jurgens, as a slave ship captain is obviously not the nicest person in the world but seems to have some genuine affection for Aiche and treats her comparatively well. Aiche has suppressed bitter resentment about her slave origins and treatment by former masters and still has hopes for a possible future better life with Jurgens, even after she finds out he has plans to wed a white woman and live in Holland. However, when confronted he claims he will stay with Aiche and even make her a free woman. When the revolt begins she is forced to make a decision where her loyalties lie and tragedy occurs.
There are a few problems with this film beyond low budgeting. The African captives, Jurgens and crew, all mysteriously speak the same language to each other. 1820 muskets are never seen being re-loaded but continue to fire anyway. But technical issues aside, it is still a film with some impact. Jurgens swaggers well as the captain and Dandridge is appealing as Aiche. A pity that the public was not ready for it when it was released and that it is currently not well known. Not to be missed by any Dandridge fan or those wanting to examine the horrors of slavery.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "The Girl Can't Help It" February 8, 2010
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Our Dorothy had to do this B-movie because there were no other star offers from Hollywood after "Carmen Jones". She plays a slave here even though author Donald Bogle in his definitive Dandridge bio claims Dorothy turned down a supporting role in "The King and I" because she didn't want to play a slave. (Incidentally, that "Tuptim" role launched Rita Moreno's super long acting career!) But what's a beautiful and talented colored girl to do in racist Hollywood? Ask Halle.

The color quality of this DVD is awful, but Dandridge gets a chance to stretch her acting skills while looking drop dead gorgeous in her late 30's. But couldn't they have found a better wig for a tragic mulatto? This one is right off the Korean store dummy. DD tells slaveowner Jurgens she hates when he touches her. Who can blame her? Jurgens is gross and ugly!

One of the best scenes shows how the genuine diva flips her wig and quickly recovers after a slave spits in her pretty face. In another scene the camera zooms in on Dorothy as she twists and jerks - with incredible style and grace - away from a grizzly old ship doctor who tries to rape her. She moves like a haughty ballerina! Only Dorothy Dandrige makes this movie worth watching! But why does the movie poster make her - a slave - look like a white woman?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Still the Victum August 8, 2005
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For it's time this was a great movie. I was fascinated at the fact that at the time of release, this movie was banned in several states solely because of an interracial kissing scene between the always sensational Dorothy Dandridge, and Curd Jergens, who's performance was less than remarkable.

I'd like to point out that the theme of the movie was to share the knowledge of some of the atrocities committed during the tragic slavery era in the US. Unfortunately, I must also note the tragedy surrounding the film. Most notably the name of the film "Tamango" suggests that the movie would center around the character Tamango. It does, however the film credits omit Tamango-(Alex Cressan) even Amazon omitts Alex Cressan in their credits. Most sites on the internet that review the movie omitt Alex Cressan. Alex Cressan seems to be victimized in the movie as Tamango as well as himself in not receiving the well deserved credit for a brilliant performance.

There is some comfort in that Dorothy Dandridge gets her props somewhat, however the Black actors who played the slaves were essentially still treated like slaves in the lack of acknowledgement for obvious heart felt performances.


This movie still came along almost a hundred years after slavery?

I do not regret purchasing or viewing the film, I think from a historical perspective it is very important work. As the saying goes, those who are not aware of their history are condemned to repeat it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Arguably even more interesting as a social document and a step forward...
On a slave ship carrying Africans from their homeland to slavery in the American south, a charismatic young warrior attempts to organize a revolt. Read more
Published 26 days ago by K. Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars like it rrr
I love dorothy Dandridge the dvd is so so its 4 out of 5 for me so hope you like it
Published 2 months ago by perry
5.0 out of 5 stars A well written story that holds true to even todays standards of life
I rate this movie five stars because it dares to tell a story of race,confused love and what could have been an unwitten part of history. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Larry Potillo
3.0 out of 5 stars Dorothy Dandridge
This is Dorothy taking roles she can get to stay relevant in 1950's Hollywood. The only reason I was interested is that Dorothy was a great actress and a trail blazer for her time. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Al A
3.0 out of 5 stars So So movie.
It's okay. Dorothy Dandridge did a great job and it was eye opening about slavery in those times. Okay film.
Published 17 months ago by Ms. S.B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Tamango
See Dorothy Dandridge in her beautiful prime and magnificent acting. Such beauty and a great actress. Read more
Published on March 15, 2012 by Xavier
5.0 out of 5 stars Great History
A small production it may have been, but this a great piece of film history that has received little recognition. Read more
Published on February 13, 2011 by Miss W
4.0 out of 5 stars Very cool movie
This movie proved to be a nice surprise. Dorothy was great. She played the role of a slave woman who was subjected to her slave master's every beck and call. Read more
Published on October 10, 2010 by Kitt08
4.0 out of 5 stars Tamango
I am proud to add this movie to my classic collection. Dorothy Dandridge is beautiful in this movie.
Published on March 13, 2009 by Mimi Evans
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