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Tango & Cash (1989)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  22 December 1989 (USA)
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Two cops are framed and must clear their names.

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Storyline

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. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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


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22 December 1989 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$63,408,614 (USA)
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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. See more »

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During the explosion at Wyler's house, the stunt double isn't wearing Tango's big gold necklace. See more »

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Owen: Your Honor, the defendants wish to change their plea.
[Crowd is stunned. Judge McCormick bangs his gavel]
Judge McCormick: Order! Very well, Counselor. What is the plea?
Ray Tango: Your Honor, may I approach the bench, please?
Judge McCormick: Proceed, Mr. Tango.
Ray Tango: [Gets up, looks at Owen] It's okay.
[Tango approaches the bench]
Ray Tango: Your Honor, I have been a policeman for 12 years, and I think it's the best organization in the country. At times, I've been accused of being too aggressive at taking criminals off the streets. Well, if that's a sin, ...
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Although a poor man's Lethal weapon, this is a lot better than you might think
16 March 2000 | by (Lancaster, England) – See all my reviews

Okay, so this isn't the greatest film ever made. In fact, it isn't even remotely the best buddy-buddy flick ever made. But surprisingly enough, this is actually quite a winner, and succeeds far more in being a parody of the Lethal-Weapon style films than say... Loaded Weapon does. This is for several reasons.

Firstly, Stallone is the star of the show here, turning in a self-mocking parody of his own screen persona. He is flash and indestructable, yet the film acknowledges and exploits this to comedic ends. Secondly, Palance is excellent as a sneering and menacing bad guy, plotting the two cops downfall. He deserved more screen time than he actually got, and actually did a good job of being the obligatory stereotypical bad-guy.

However, the best thing of all about this film is the snappy dialogue. There is so much good banter between the two-cops that no matter how bizarre the film's scenario's get, the dialogue rescues it.

The first time I saw this, I enjoyed it and was only really let down by the ending, which feels hollow and unsatisfying in comparison to the first two reels of the film. However, this nagging problem alone, I have no hesitation in recommending this to any fan of the action-genre.

Overall: 6 1/2 out of 10.


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