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Tango Movies

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The Assassination Tango (2003)
Tango Magic (1999)
Tango: The Obsession (1998)
Tango Bar (1988)

Many are listed in the IMDB.

Also see the Tango Movie List - another page on this website


The Assassination Tango (2003)

The Assassination Tango starring Robert Duvall was released by MGM/UA to movie theaters nationwide on Friday, March 28, 2003.

Robert Duvall stars as John J., a seasoned hit man sent to Argentina on a job. When the General he was sent to kill delays his return to the country, John passes the time with Manuela (Luciana Pedraza), 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 on him.

For more information see The Assassination Tango website or the Rotten Tomatoes website. The movie soundtrack features a number of classic tangos and will be available on April 1.

The movie's release was delayed because it received bad reviews at the Toronto film festival and new sections were shot in Argentina. A review of the version shown at the Toronto film festival is available on the Canadian website ToTango http://totango.net/assass.html.


Tango Magic (1999)

Movie actor Hector Elizondo (PRETTY WOMAN) hosts this look at the world of Argentine tango that focuses on the music of Astor Piazzolla and show dancing. The program consists of fifteen musical performances with dancers, vocalists, and musicians serve to the narration. Deigo Di Falco and Carolina Zokalski and Fernanda Ghi and Guillermo Merlo headline a talented group of dancers from the Broadway show Forever Tango. Pablo Ziegler and the Orpheus Orchestra and various guest artists provide the music. For additional information see the Rotten Tomatoes website.


Tango: The Obsession (1998)

Directed and co-produced by Adam Boucher, this documentary film explores Argentine tango through the thoughts and experiences of dancers, musicians, poets and historians who pursue this bohemian, seductive, and obsessed lifestyle. The film examines their quest for passion, self-fulfillment, and perfection that transcends ethnicity, race and national borders. The film also considers the history of the dance from its African roots through the "Golden Years."


Tango Bar (1988)

This 1988 film is a co-production of Argentine and Puerto Rican filmmakers and was directed by Marcos Zurinaga. The film stars Raul Julia, Valeria Lynch, and Ruben Juarez as a trio who broke up their once famous tango show during Argentina's military years and have reunited for a performance. An Argentine cast of dancers and musicians is used in many production numbers to create an ambience of Argentine tango around the film's story line about the trio's love triangle. Because the trio's show was loosely about the history of tango, we also get some historical perspective on tango and archival footage of Charlie Chaplin, Fred Astaire, Fred Flintstone and many others. (In Spanish with English subtitles.) For additional information see the Rotten Tomatoes website.

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