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Three to Tango is a 1999 Australian-American romantic comedy film directed by Damon Santostefano, written by Rodney Patrick Vaccaro and Aline Brosh McKenna, and starring Matthew Perry, Neve Campbell, Dylan McDermott and Oliver Platt.

Three to Tango
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDamon Santostefano
Produced byJeffrey Silver
Bettina Sofia Viviano
Written byRodney Patrick Vaccaro
Aline Brosh McKenna
Music byGraeme Revell
CinematographyWalt Lloyd
Edited byStephen Semel
Distributed byWarner Bros. (United States)
Roadshow Entertainment (Australia & New Zealand)[1]
Release date
October 22, 1999 (1999-10-22)
Running time
98 minutes
United States
Budget$20 million
Box office$10.6 million[2]



Architects Oscar Novak (Perry) and Peter Steinberg (Platt) have just landed a career-making opportunity to design of a multimillion dollar cultural center for wealthy businessman Charles Newman (McDermott). In a ploy for publicity, Newman has pitched Oscar and Peter in a neck-and-neck competition with their archrivals and former colleagues, the hugely successful Decker and Strauss (Bob Balaban and John C. McGinley). When Newman meets Oscar and Peter, he assumes that they are lovers, even though Oscar is straight. (Peter is in fact gay, but his relationship with Oscar is strictly platonic.) Under the mistaken impression that Oscar is gay, he asks Oscar to keep an eye on his mistress Amy (Campbell) and make sure that she does not talk to his wife. Oscar falls for Amy virtually on sight, but she also thinks he is gay. He is forced to maintain the charade to avoid getting into trouble with Newman, and losing the commission.

Matters become complicated when a news article about Oscar and Peter's supposed relationship is published in a newspaper, leaving Oscar in the increasingly frustrating position of having to fend off advances from various gay men while convincing his friends and family that he is simply pretending to be gay. Amy even sets him up on a date with her ex-boyfriend, football player Kevin Cartwright (Cylk Cozart), but Oscar manages to defuse the situation by saying that he is in love with someone else. Despite the embarrassing misconceptions, Oscar forms a close bond with Amy as they continue to spend time together—to the extent that Amy moves in with him after she is kicked out of her apartment. At the final presentation for the cultural center, Oscar and Peter receive the commission, but Oscar is simultaneously told that he has won the award for Gay Professional Man of the Year, with Newman deciding that he will reveal his decision after the ceremony.

After an awkward meeting between Amy and Newman's wife at the party, she and Oscar go to a bar. Amy leaves in frustration after she nearly kisses him, prompting a brief argument between her and Oscar in which Oscar states that her relationship with Newman has no future. After spending the day alone, Oscar attends the award ceremony for Gay Professional Man of the Year. Although he initially continues his charade, while looking out at the people before him, he instead makes a passionate speech about how he admires all the men and women here who were able to tell the truth to their families about how they feel, ending the speech by "coming out of the closet" as he admits that he is straight and in love with Amy. As he is applauded for having the courage to admit the truth, he runs after Amy, only for her to punch both him and Newman and storming out. Peter then awkwardly accepts the prize that comes with the award: a date with Kevin. However, as Oscar sits in a restaurant where he and Amy ate together on the night they met, Amy comes to see him. She says that she loves him too, and they kiss.

In a post-credit sequence, Newman's wife Olivia (Kelly Rowan) convinces him to go with Oscar and Peter's design, revealing that she knew about him and Amy and informing him bluntly that Oscar and Peter did the better job.



Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a rating of 29% based on 63 reviews.[3]

Filming locationsEdit

Although Three to Tango is set in Chicago, it was filmed in Toronto, Ontario.[4]


Three to Tango: Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by
Graeme Revell, Brian Setzer Orchestra, The Atomic Fireballs, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Flying Neutrinos, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Royal Crown Review, Indigo Swing, Mighty Blue Kings, The Outsiders, Dr. John, Shemekia Copeland, Duncan Sheik
ReleasedOctober 26, 1999
Length46:17 minutes
ProducerBrad Benedict
Professional ratings
Review scores

A soundtrack of music "from and inspired by" Three to Tango was released by Atlantic Records on October 26, 1999. It featured new music by the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, and Mighty Blue Kings, as well as previously released tracks by Squirrel Nut Zippers, Royal Crown Revue, and The Atomic Fireballs.[6]

No.TitleWriter(s)Recording artist(s)Length
1."Jumpin' East Of Java"Brian SetzerBrian Setzer Orchestra2:35
2."Swing Sweet Pussycat"John BunkleyThe Atomic Fireballs3:09
3."Maddest Kind of Love"Scotty MorrisBig Bad Voodoo Daddy5:04
4."Mr. Zoot Suit"Mark CallyThe Flying Neutrinos2:38
5."Here Comes the Snake"Steve PerryCherry Poppin' Daddies2:55
6."Trou Macacq"Tom MaxwellSquirrel Nut Zippers3:16
7."Datin' With No Dough"Eddie Nichols / Bill UngermanRoyal Crown Revue2:34
8."Violent Love"Willie DixonIndigo Swing2:11
9."Go Tell the Preacher"Ross BonThe Mighty Blue Kings2:52
10."Lint" The Outsiders3:31
11."Goin' Out of My Head"Teddy Randazzo / Bob WeinsteinDr. John3:53
12."Salt in My Woulds"Alan Mirikitani / Dennis WalkerShemekia Copeland4:10
13."That Says It All"Duncan SheikDuncan Sheik4:13
14."Let's Get Outta Here"Graeme RevellGraeme Revell3:16
Total length:46:17


  1. ^ "Film Distribution - Village Roadshow Limited". Village Roadshow Pictures. 2014-02-11. Archived from the original on 2014-02-25. Retrieved 2014-02-11.
  2. ^ "Three to Tango at Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 2010-09-29.
  3. ^ Three to Tango at Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2009-10-27.
  4. ^ "Three to Tango". 2018-10-22. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  5. ^ "Three to Tango: Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture". Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  6. ^ "Three to Tango SOUNDTRACK". Retrieved 2018-11-29.

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