Tetro (2009)

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  • IMDb page: Tetro (2009)
  • Rate: 6.9/10 total 6,439 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 26 June 2009 (Spain)
  • Runtime: 127 min
  • Filming Location: Argentina
  • Budget: $5,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $416,591(USA)(16 August 2009)
  • Director: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Stars: Vincent Gallo, Alden Ehrenreich and Maribel Verdú
  • Original Music By: Osvaldo Golijov   
  • Soundtrack: Symphony No. 36, K.425: Andante
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Ship | Writer | Cruise Ship | 18th Birthday | Play

Writing Credits By:

  • Mauricio Kartun (verse "Fausta")
  • Francis Ford Coppola  written by

Known Trivia

  • In September 2007, thieves broke into Francis Ford Coppola’s home studio in Buenos Aires and stole all the electronics, including his computer with the film’s script.
  • Originally, the tutor Alone was going to be played by Javier Bardem, but upon revising the script Francis Ford Coppola decided the relationship between Alone and Tetro would be more appealing if it was between a man and a woman, so Alone became a woman played by Carmen Maura.
  • Francis Ford Coppola wanted Matt Dillon in the title role, but Dillon was unavailable due to conflicting schedules with other films. Later, Coppola realized it would be too close to Rumble Fish (which also starred Dillon), so after a long search he settled on Vincent Gallo for the title role.
  • Adriana Mastrangelo, an Uruguayan opera singer who settled in Buenos Aires, has a cameo as herself as the singer at a party.
  • Francis Ford Coppola decided to shoot this film the same way he shot Rumble Fish (in black-and-white, with occasional bursts of colour), since both films held “a spiritual connection” with each other (both are dramas about relationships, primarily that of brotherhood).
  • To attain the film’s visual style, director Francis Ford Coppola and cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr. watched La notte, Baby Doll and On the Waterfront; films Coppola had admired during his student years.
  • According to Mihai Malaimare Jr., the flashback scenes were filmed in colour, but treated to give a slightly faded texture: “Usually, when we think about the past, we think about photos and home movies, so it’s nice to preserve that feeling even if there wasn’t someone shooting there…”
  • According to Francis Ford Coppola, the film was shot on widescreen to evoke the films of Akira Kurosawa.
  • The flashback scenes were originally to be shot using 16mm film to truly emphasize past events, but since this type of film/camera was almost out of date the whole film was shot with a digital camera and the flashbacks had to be digitally treated.
  • A scene where Tetro holds a bouquet of flowers pays tribute to On the Waterfront, where Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) does the same thing.

Goofs: Continuity: Early in the movie Tetro stumbles into the kitchen with a broken leg and knocks over some furniture while lighting a cigarette using a burner on the stove. he ignites the burner by just turning the knob on the stove. A few minutes later Miranda must use a match to light a burner on the same stove-top.

Plot: Bennie travels to Buenos Aires to find his long-missing older brother, a once-promising writer who is now a remnant of his former self. Bennie's discovery of his brother's near-finished play might hold the answer to understanding their shared past and renewing their bond. Full summary » |  »

Story: The week of his 18th birthday, Bennie, who's a waiter on a cruise ship, has a layover in Buenos Aires. He seeks out his older brother, Tetro, whom he hasn't seen in years. Tetro, who lives with Miranda, is a burned-out case; he's hot and cold toward his brother, introducing him as a "friend," refusing to talk about their family, telling Bennie not to tell Miranda who their father is. Thoughts of their father cast a shadow over both brothers. Who is he, and what past has Tetro left behind? Bennie finds pages of Tetro's unfinished novel, and he pushes both to know his own history and to become a part of his brother's life again. What can come of Bennie's pushing?Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>  

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Produced By:

  • Mariela Besuievski known as co-producer: Spain (as Mariela Besuievsky)
  • Francis Ford Coppola known as producer
  • Valerio De Paolis known as producer: Italy (as Valerio Di Paolis)
  • Gerardo Herrero known as co-producer: Spain
  • Anahid Nazarian known as executive producer
  • Fred Roos known as executive producer
  • Masa Tsuyuki known as associate producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Vincent Gallo known as Angelo 'Tetro' Tetrocini
  • Alden Ehrenreich known as Bennie
  • Maribel Verdú known as Miranda
  • Silvia Pérez known as Silvana
  • Rodrigo De la Serna known as José (as Rodrigo De La Serna)
  • Erica Rivas known as Ana (as Érica Rivas)
  • Mike Amigorena known as Abelardo
  • Lucas Di Conza known as Young Tetro
  • Adriana Mastrángelo known as Ángela
  • Klaus Maria Brandauer known as Carlo / Alfie Tetrocini
  • Leticia Brédice known as Josefina
  • Sofía Gala known as María Luisa
  • Jean-François Casanovas known as Enrique
  • Carmen Maura known as Alone
  • Francesca De Sapio known as Amalia
  • Ximena Maria Iacono known as Naomi
  • Susana Giménez known as Herself
  • Pochi Ducasse known as Lili
  • Nora Elisabeth Robles known as Naomi – Dancer
  • Pedro Arturo Calveyra known as Carlo – Dancer
  • Mariela Noemi Magenta known as Ángela – Dancer
  • Marcelo Fabio Carte known as Tetro – Dancer
  • Guadalupe Docampo

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Osvaldo Esperón known as key hair stylist
  • Norberto Poli known as makeup artist
  • Beata Wojtowicz known as key makeup artist
  • Pepito Juez known as hair stylist: Spain (uncredited)
  • Gregorio Ros known as makeup artist: Spain (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Jorge Ferrari known as designer: ballet
  • Mario Gargallo Climent known as construction manager: Spain (uncredited)
  • Javier González Duato known as construction coordinator: Spain (uncredited)
  • Martín Libert known as props (uncredited)
  • Luis Pastor known as carpenter: Spain (uncredited)
  • Luciana Quartaruolo known as props (uncredited)
  • Miguel Rodriguez known as swing gang (uncredited)


Production Companies:

  • American Zoetrope (presents)
  • Zoetrope Argentina (co-production)
  • Tornasol Films (co-production)
  • BIM Distribuzione (co-production)
  • Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales (INCAA) (with the participation of)
  • Gerencia de Fomento (with the participation of)
  • Televisión Española (TVE) (with the participation of)
  • Canal+ España (with the participation of)
  • Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales (ICAA) (with the support of)
  • Instituto de Crédito Oficial (ICO) (with the support of)

Other Companies:

  • Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU)  thanks (uncredited)
  • Asociación Civil La Colifata, Salud Mental y Comunicación  thanks (uncredited)
  • Canal Plus  special thanks to: footage from "Tales of Hoffmann" courtesy of, © 1951 Canal + Image UK Ltd. (uncredited)
  • Cantoria Alberto Grau  choir (uncredited)
  • Celebrity Cruises  thanks (uncredited)
  • Cementerio de Chacarita  thanks (uncredited)
  • Chandon Argentina  thanks (uncredited)
  • Citroën  thanks (uncredited)
  • Criterion Collection, The  special thanks to: footage from "Tales of Hoffmann" courtesy of, © 1951 Canal + Image UK Ltd. (uncredited)
  • Criterion Collection, The  special thanks to: supplying music and picture of "Tales of Hoffmann" (uncredited)
  • Etcheberry e Hijos  thanks: customs brokers/freight forwarders (uncredited)
  • Fiat  thanks (uncredited)
  • Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires  thanks (uncredited)
  • Grupo GIP  construction: Spain (uncredited)
  • Los Glaciares National Park  thanks (uncredited)
  • National Children's Choir of Argentina  choir (uncredited)
  • Renault  thanks (uncredited)
  • Swarovski  thanks (uncredited)


  • American Zoetrope (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
  • BIM Distribuzione (2009) (Italy) (theatrical)
  • Clap – Produção de Filmes (2009) (Portugal) (theatrical)
  • Comstock Group (2012) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Memento Films (2009) (France) (theatrical)
  • Mongrel Media (2009) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Alta Films (2009) (Spain) (all media)
  • Feelgood Entertainment (2009) (Greece) (all media)
  • Front Row Filmed Entertainment (2010) (United Arab Emirates) (all media) (Middle East)
  • Front Row Filmed Entertainment (2009) (United Arab Emirates) (all media) (Middle East)
  • Imovision (2010) (Brazil) (all media)
  • Lionsgate Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Mongrel Media (2010) (Canada) (DVD)
  • Paramount Japan (2012) (Japan) (DVD)
  • Soda Pictures (2010) (UK) (all media)

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Special Effects:

  • Nasa FX (special effects) (uncredited)
  • Universal Production Partners (UPP) (visual effects by) (as UPP Prague)

Visual Effects by:

  • Tomas Kalhous known as head of 2D: UPP
  • Tomas Kalhous known as senior compositor: UPP
  • Vincent Badia known as flame operator: UPP Prague (uncredited)
  • Kevin Bailey known as additional visual effects: UPP Prague (uncredited)
  • Stepán Batousek known as compositor: UPP Prague (uncredited)
  • Ezequiel Borovinsky known as visual effects (uncredited)
  • Ryan Bozajian known as visual effects artist (uncredited)
  • Dennis Dallen known as senior compositor: UPP Prague (uncredited)
  • Mario Dubec known as 3d artist: UPP Prague (uncredited)
  • Blanka Faitova known as compositor: UPP Prague (uncredited)
  • Miro Gal known as senior flame artist: UPP Prague (uncredited)
  • Ales Gargulak known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Tomas Hajek known as compositor: UPP Prague (uncredited)
  • Lukas Herrmann known as matte painter: UPP Prague (uncredited)
  • Jan Heusler known as senior compositor: UPP Prague (uncredited)
  • Zuzana Hlavkova known as compositor: UPP Prague (uncredited)
  • Milos Hudec known as data operator: UPP Prague (uncredited)
  • Dalibor Janda known as compositor: UPP Prague (uncredited)
  • Jana Jurnickova known as compositor: UPP Prague (uncredited)
  • Helena Keslova known as compositor: UPP Prague (uncredited)
  • Pavel Kolar known as visual effects artist (uncredited)
  • Vít Komrzý known as visual effects producer: UPP Prague (uncredited)
  • Vaclav Kostun known as matchmove artist (uncredited)
  • Sara Kramarz known as production accountant: UPP Prague (uncredited)
  • Tomas Krejzek known as 3d artist: UPP Prague (uncredited)
  • Jirí Linhart known as digital effects artist (uncredited)
  • Petr Masek known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Vladimír Matousek known as 3d artist: UPP Prague (uncredited)
  • Jaroslav Matys known as head of visual effects production: UPP Prague (uncredited)
  • Daniel Melich known as matte painter: UPP Prague (uncredited)
  • Juan Pablo Menchon known as additional visual effects (uncredited)
  • Viktor Muller known as visual effects supervisor: UPP Prague (uncredited)
  • Tomas Munzar known as visual effects artist (uncredited)
  • Monika Pavlickova known as visual effects executive producer: UPP Prague (uncredited)
  • Robert Pik known as on-set visual effects assistant: UPP Prague (uncredited)
  • Katerina Popelova known as visual effects coordinator: UPP Prague (uncredited)
  • Marek Ruth known as senior compositor: UPP Prague (uncredited)
  • Tereza Severova known as matte painter: UPP Prague (uncredited)
  • Jiri Stamfest known as matte artist (uncredited)
  • Jakub Szilvasi known as rotoscope artist (uncredited)
  • Alejo Varisto known as visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
  • Petr Vcelicka known as compositor: UPP Prague (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • France 14 May 2009 (Cannes Film Festival)
  • USA 10 June 2009 (Seattle International Film Festival)
  • USA 11 June 2009 (limited)
  • Spain 26 June 2009
  • Canada 14 August 2009 (Toronto)
  • Canada 9 October 2009 (Vancouver International Film Festival)
  • Mexico 9 October 2009 (Morelia Film Festival)
  • Greece 1 November 2009 (Panorama of European Cinema)
  • Austria 2 November 2009 (Vienna International Film Festival)
  • Portugal 8 November 2009 (Estoril Film Festival)
  • France 9 November 2009 (Arras Film Festival)
  • Greece 12 November 2009
  • Italy 18 November 2009 (Turin Film Festival)
  • Portugal 19 November 2009
  • Italy 20 November 2009
  • Sweden 27 November 2009 (Stockholm International Film Festival)
  • France 23 December 2009
  • Netherlands January 2010 (International Film Festival Rotterdam)
  • Germany 12 February 2010 (European Film Market)
  • Hong Kong 29 March 2010 (Hong Kong International Film Festival)
  • Hungary 29 April 2010
  • UK 25 June 2010
  • Australia 24 July 2010 (Melbourne International Film Festival)
  • Poland 3 September 2010
  • Japan 20 September 2010 (Latin Beat Film Festival)
  • Brazil 10 December 2010
  • Israel 27 January 2011
  • Czech Republic 12 May 2011
  • Mexico 23 September 2011
  • Japan 7 January 2012

MPAA: Rated R for language, some sexuality and nudity


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