Assassination Tango (2003)



Critic Consensus: Slow to start, this quirky film eventually overstays its welcome.

Movie Info

John J. is deeply devoted to his girlfriend, Maggie, and to her young daughter, Jenny. He is also passionate about dancing, a talent he hones at local Brooklyn dance halls. But his skill on the dance floor seems incongruous with his profession--John is a hit man, and a very good one. Hired to assassinate an Argentine general in Buenos Aires, John is met in Argentina by Miguel, who takes him to the home of a couple whose son the general had killed. But John isn't interested in pathos or politics. … More

Rating: R (for language and some violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Duvall
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 9, 2003
Box Office: $0.9M
MGM Distribution Company - Official Site


as John J. Anderson

as Maggie

as Whitey

as Frankie

as Frankie

as Tony Manas

as Gen. Humberto Rojas

as Frankie

as Intelligence Officer

as Girl at Bar

as Girl at Table
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Critic Reviews for Assassination Tango

All Critics (92) | Top Critics (33)

Assassination Tango runs aground with an accumulation of small illogicalities.

Full Review… | May 28, 2003
Top Critic

It's a curious and unsatisfying lark, in which Robert Duvall the actor is rendered speechless by Robert Duvall the writer and sideswiped by Robert Duvall the director.

May 1, 2003
New York Observer
Top Critic

A film that uses tango as a metaphor for life ought to generate some fire. But Assassination Tango offers little heat.

Full Review… | April 18, 2003
Miami Herald
Top Critic

What we care about in Assassination Tango is the tango, not the assassination.

April 17, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

He's an old assassin, she's a young local dancing hottie, and they mix dance, lust and guns.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Film Scouts

It is a form of condescension that Duvall could only perpetrate while being blinded by true love.

Full Review… | December 27, 2004

Audience Reviews for Assassination Tango


Does a legendary actor deserve the chance to indulge as writer/director? If it's Robert Duvall, and he uses Kathy Baker and himself with a ponytail, I guess I can let it slide. Would I recommend watching said picture? No. I wanted him to succeed, but he takes no risks and elicits no emotions as writer, director, or actor! A major disappointment.


Robert Duval, a hired gun, is captivated by tango dancing in a trip to Buenos Aires. Dangers are mellowed by the presence of attractive women. The tango dancing, at the end of the film, is impacting.

Emilio-Adolfo Rivero

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