ASSASSINATION TANGO

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Release Date: March 28, 2003

Starring: Robert Duvall, Luciana
Pedraza, Rubén Blades, Kathy
Baker, and Julio Oscar Mechoso

Genre: Thriller/Film Noir

Audience: Adults REVIEWER: Dr. Ted
Baehr First, the good news.
Robert Duvall is a terrific
director and an amazing actor
with an ear for accents,
although he never totally
abandons the persona of Robert
Duvall. Then, the bad news.
ASSASSINATION TANGO is a
depressing film noir that
focuses on the sleazy
underside of life and offers
no hope whatsoever. Robert
Duvall plays John, an older
assassin who is so vain that
he's ready to start a fight
with a police detective when
he believes the detective is
insinuating that he has
wrinkles. He is living with a
woman who is not his wife and
dotes on her daughter, the
daughter he never had, named
Jennie. John is an expert
assassin for a mediocre thug
in Brooklyn. The thug sends
him to Argentina to take a big
job. He is told it's only
going to take three days,
which is the only reason he
agrees, because he wants to be
back for Jennie's
birthday. When he gets to
Argentina, he finds out that
things are more complicated
than they should be. He is
suspicious of his contact
person, Miguel. Eventually he
sets up his own address in a
rooming house overlooking the
hotel where he's supposed to
be staying. Sure enough, a
group of men come to kill
him. While waiting to
assassinate a high level
general, John becomes enamored
of the tango and starts taking
lessons from a sultry woman
named Manuela. He begins an
affair with Manuela, but he
also has a prostitute visit
him on a regular basis. When
the police question her, the
only thing the prostitute
knows about him is that he
asks her to call him Daddy.
Clearly, he has issues.
Throughout the movie, he
tells people he never cheats
on anything, but he is
cheating on his common law
family in the United States,
and he is cheating on
Manuaela, and the prostitute
doesn't matter. John takes it
into his hands to kill the
general early. All the
conspiracies break loose,
people are imprisoned and
shot, and John makes it back
to New York. An Argentine
reviewer said Robert Duvall's
Argentine accent was
wonderful. Duvall's direction
is immaculate, but the
storyline, which is really
just an excuse for featuring
the tango, is so dark and
bleak, with no redemptive
elements, that one can only
leave the theater depressed.
MOVIEGUIDE® recommends you
rent A SHOT OF GLORY, if you
want a tough movie with
redemptive moments, or Mr.
Duvall's movie THE APOSTLE,
which is one of the great
films of all time. Please
address your comments to: Alex
Yemenidjian, CEO MGM/UA 2500
Broadway Street Santa Monica,
CA 90404-3061 Phone: (310)
449-3000 Fax: (310) 449-3024

Rating: R

Runtime: 114 minutes

Distributor: United Artists (MGM)

Director: Robert Duvall

Executive Producer:

Producer: Robert Duball and Rob
Carliner EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS:
Francis Ford Coppola and Linda
Reisman

Writer: Robert Duvall

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GENRE: Thriller/Film Noir

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Summary:

In ASSASSINATION TANGO, Robert Duval plays John, an older assassin who begins an affair with his tango instructor while he waits to assassinate a high level general. Duvall's direction is immaculate, but the storyline, which is really just an excuse for featuring the tango, is so dark and bleak, with no redemptive elements, that one can only leave the theater depressed.

Review:

First, the good news. Robert Duvall is a terrific director and an amazing actor with an ear for accents, although he never totally abandons the persona of Robert Duvall.

Then, the bad news. ASSASSINATION TANGO is a depressing film noir that focuses on the sleazy underside of life and offers no hope whatsoever.

Robert Duvall plays John, an older assassin who is so vain that he's ready to start a fight with a police detective when he believes the detective is insinuating that he has wrinkles. He is living with a woman who is not his wife and dotes on her daughter, the daughter he never had, named Jennie.

John is an expert assassin for a mediocre thug in Brooklyn. The thug sends him to Argentina to take a big job. He is told it's only going to take three days, which is the only reason he agrees, because he wants to be back for Jennie's birthday.

When he gets to Argentina, he finds out that things are more complicated than they should be. He is suspicious of his contact person, Miguel. Eventually he sets up his own address in a rooming house overlooking the hotel where he's supposed to be staying. Sure enough, a group of men come to kill him.

While waiting to assassinate a high level general, John becomes enamored of the tango and starts taking lessons from a sultry woman named Manuela. He begins an affair with Manuela, but he also has a prostitute visit him on a regular basis. When the police question her, the only thing the prostitute knows about him is that he asks her to call him Daddy. Clearly, he has issues.

Throughout the movie, he tells people he never cheats on anything, but he is cheating on his common law family in the United States, and he is cheating on Manuaela, and the prostitute doesn't matter.

John takes it into his hands to kill the general early. All the conspiracies break loose, people are imprisoned and shot, and John makes it back to New York.

An Argentine reviewer said Robert Duvall's Argentine accent was wonderful. Duvall's direction is immaculate, but the storyline, which is really just an excuse for featuring the tango, is so dark and bleak, with no redemptive elements, that one can only leave the theater depressed. MOVIEGUIDE® recommends you rent A SHOT OF GLORY, if you want a tough movie with redemptive moments, or Mr. Duvall's movie THE APOSTLE, which is one of the great films of all time.

Please address your comments to:

Alex Yemenidjian, CEO

MGM/UA

2500 Broadway Street

Santa Monica, CA 90404-3061

Phone: (310) 449-3000

Fax: (310) 449-3024

SUMMARY: In ASSASSINATION TANGO, Robert Duval plays John, an older assassin who begins an affair with his tango instructor while he waits to assassinate a high level general. Duvall's direction is immaculate, but the storyline, which is really just an excuse for featuring the tango, is so dark and bleak, with no redemptive elements, that one can only leave the theater depressed.

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