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Assassination Tango (DVD without cover)
Robert Duvall, Ruben Blades, Kathy Baker
The first of two noteworthy cinematic releases from American Zoetrope in 2003, Robert Duvall's Assassination Tango assumed a much lower profile than the same year's Lost in Translation, and performed dismally at the box office. That's unfortunate, for on several levels, Tango is a fascinating and impressive picture. Duvall's film undertakes the same narrative approach as executive producer Francis Coppola's masterpiece The Conversation, and as such, it's something of a spiritual cousin to that film. Though ostensibly a thriller that follows the events leading up to an orchestrated murder, Tango discards many of the conventions of its genre, such as formulaic narrative twists and high-wire tension, in favor of a deliberately-paced character study of an eccentric and damaged subject. Duvall plays a retired hit man named John J. Anderson. When we first see him, he has settled down into a rather routine life in New York City, romancing a schoolteacher-[censored]-single mother named Maggie (Kathy Baker, splendid here). He gets summoned to travel to Argentina to rub out a military general, but must wait three weeks to carry out the homicide.
Please note that this is the original (genuine) DVD in very good condition, but comes in a tyvek sleeve without original cover or art work.
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