Tango & Cash

December 22nd, 1989


Tango & Cash

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Two cops are framed and must clear their names.

Release Year: 1989

Rating: 5.9/10 (35,733 voted)

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Teri Hatcher

Ray Tango and Gabriel Cash are narcotics detectives who, while both being extremely successful, can't stand each other. Crime Lord Yves Perret, furious at the loss of income that Tango and Cash have caused him, frames the two for murder. Caught with the murder weapon on the scene of the crime, the two have alibi. Thrown into prison with most of the criminals they helped convict, it appears that they are going to have to trust each other if they are to clear their names and catch the evil Perret.

Sylvester Stallone - Lt. Raymond Tango
Kurt Russell - Lt. Gabriel Cash
Teri Hatcher - Katherine 'Kiki' Tango
Jack Palance - Yves Perret
Brion James - Requin
James Hong - Quan
Marc Alaimo - Lopez
Philip Tan - Chinese Gunman (as Phillip Tan)
Michael J. Pollard - Owen
Robert Z'Dar - Face
Lewis Arquette - Wyler
Edward Bunker - Capt. Holmes (as Eddie Bunker)
Leslie Morris - Hendricks
Roy Brocksmith - Fed. Agent Davis
Susan Krebs - Prosecutor

Taglines: Two of L.A.'s top rival cops are going to have to work together... Even if it kills them.

Release Date: 22 December 1989

Filming Locations: Irwindale, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $55,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $63,408,614 (USA)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Germany: (heavily cut)

Did You Know?

One of several films to be turned over to editor Stuart Baird, who came onto the project as an editing "doctor" when Warner where displeased with the first cut turned in by the filmmakers.

Revealing mistakes: At the beginning of the movie when the truck is bearing down on Tango and he fires at the truck, the windshield "spiderwebs", as it should, since it would be safety glass. However, when the two men fly through the windshield after the truck is stopped, there are no bullet holes in it and it is clearly a plate glass windshield (due to how it shatters).

Gabriel Cash: I've got good news and bad news.
Ray Tango: What's the bad news?
Gabriel Cash: We're almost out of gas.
Ray Tango: What's the good news?
Gabriel Cash: We're ALMOST out of gas.

User Review

I'd pay Cash to see this Tango

Rating: 7/10

Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone are the reason why this run-of-the-mill action flick actually works. There's nothing innovative or special about the film, it's nothing we haven't seen before (maybe just Russell in drag) but the film is entertaining as hell thanks to it's two stars.

Stallone is Tango and Russell is Cash, two cops who get set up and sent to jail. They break out and go after the bad guys to clear their names.

The film has got some excellent action scenes, particularly inside the prison and during the break out. It's got some nice eye candy courtesy of one Teri Hatcher. The script also delivers some very funny lines now and then. Couple that with the fact that I actually do like Stallone do comedy and Russell has always been somewhat of a mini favourite; Tango and Cash is very worthy of my time every once in a while.

Downsides; Excellent actor Jack Palance is horrible in the cliché ridden bad guy role (I can't figure out if he's trying too hard or not at all) and the film has a really silly final 10 minutes where the action goes from cool to basically slapstick. Still, early 90's action fans should enjoy this flick.


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