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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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Release Date:

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Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$63,408,614 (USA)
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Trivia

A total of four different people directed Tango & Cash; Original director Andrei Konchalovsky who was fired after about three months of filming by producer Jon Peters and Stallone after movie went over budget and schedule (but not by his fault), executive producer Peter MacDonald who was also second unit director then took over directing on the movie for some time (A year earlier MacDonald had to step in as a director for Stallone's previous movie Rambo 3 after original director was fired by Stallone), then Albert Magnoli was hired as new director to finish the movie (But even after principal photography was finished he caused two more weeks of further delays after he decided to re-shot some parts of the movie), and Sylvester Stallone was also directing the movie behind the scenes (Something he was known for specially during the 80's). None of them however had any control over the editing of the movie. Instead Warner Bros. hired expert editor Stuart Baird to re-edit the movie after they expressed strong dislike for initial rough cut. Baird hired another editor Hubert de La Bouillerie to help out when Warner Bros. kept complaining on every different cut of the movie that was edited, which almost caused for release date to be pushed way further than planned. In the end, movie was finally approved for theatrical release by Warner Bros. and it ended up being shipped to theaters only a week after its original release date as "wet prints" - an industry term meaning that movie was just barely completed before its release date. See more »

Goofs

When Tango is standing in the backyard and questioning his sister about whether or not she slept with Cash, he is not wearing any glasses. Seconds later he walks into the house to get a change of clothes from the dresser, and is suddenly now wearing them. See more »

Quotes

[Requin is holding Cash at gunpoint, when Tango appears behind him]
Ray Tango: [English accent] Shame, shame! Don't you know ponytails are out this season? How you doin', Cash?
Gabriel Cash: [disarms Requin] Oh, things are just getting better by the second.
Ray Tango: There's a party up on the roof.
Gabriel Cash: Can I invite Mr. Potato Head here?
Ray Tango: Sure! Wouldn't be a party without Potato Head.
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Referenced in Happy Endings: Cazsh Dummy Spillionaires (2012) See more »

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Poison
Performed by Alice Cooper
Courtesy of CBS Records, Music Licensing Department
Written by Alice Cooper, Desmond Child and John McCurry
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Take time and watch this, you won't regret it!
17 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Despite what the rating says here at IMDb, take time and see this action flick, you'll enjoy it. Ray Tango (Stallone) and Gabriel Cash (Russel) are two rival Los Angeles cops, considered the best, that get framed for a murder they didn't commit. They get put away in prison, facing some of the criminals they've busted! Tango and Cash become, um, sort of "buddies" while in jail. The convicts have their fun with the both of them for awhile until they devise an escape plan, and do get out. Once Tango and Cash escape, they must find out who it was that framed them and find a way to clear themselves from that crime they've been wrongfully accused of while trying to not get caught.

This is a good action flick, with a lot of comedy put into it, perhaps more than the directors would have anticipated. This movie will keep you glued to your television. It is predictable but it has good action and as I said very good comedy. 7/10, recommended!


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