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Tango & Cash (1989)

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Two cops are framed and must clear their names.

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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 at the scene of the crime, the two have no 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)  »

Also Known As:

The Set Up  »

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Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$63,408,614 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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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 III after the 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-shoot some parts of the movie), and Sylvester Stallone was also directing the movie behind the scenes (something he was known for, especially during the 80s). 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, the 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 the movie was just barely completed before its release date. See more »

Goofs

When shot, Cash is clearly not wearing a Kevlar vest, yet he later pulls one off. See more »

Quotes

Yves Perret: When the one Great Scorer comes to write against your name, he'll mark... not that you won or lost... but how you played the game. What bullshit!
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Outlaw (1993) 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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Stallone Ends The 80's With A Camp Whimper, Rather Than A Bang!!
22 January 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Continuing my plan to watch every Sly Stallone movie in order, I come to 1989's Tango & Cash

Plot In A Paragraph: L.A's top two cops Tango (Stallone) and Cash (Kurt Russell) are jailed, after being framed for murder, and must escape to clear their names.

Suited up and wearing his own glasses Stallone looks great in this (and he should since he had someone fired since the were not lighting him well enough) Russell is at his wise cracking charismatic best, whilst Palance is in full pantomime villain mode. In a world where no matter the situation, a hero always has a funny quip, and an unlimited supply of bullets, it's easy to watch with your brain in neutral, but it poor film making, and just not very good.

How on earth did this movie miss like it did?? Sly and Kurt Russell in a buddy cop movie, with Jack Palance as the bad guy and Teri Hatcher as a love interest. Well the production was beset with problems from the start. The intended star, Patrick Swayze, dropped out to star in Roadhouse. As with 'Lock Up' principal photography began without a completed script. Sylvester Stallone had the original director of photography, Barry Sonnenfeld, fired. Then, the producer, Jon Peters, fired the director, Andrey Konchalovskiy. The film ultimately went $20 million over budget and had to be completely reedited by Stuart Baird prior to release.

Once again, Stallone altered the script!! One example on this occasion was when Brion James was originally hired to play Requin, it was a very small role with only two lines. In an effort to give the character something that would make him stand out, James decided to speak in a cockney accent. Stallone loved it, and rewrote the entire script to give Requin a much bigger role.

It's one of the worst movies in Stallones post 'Rocky' filmography!! Utter none sense, but camp fun. When it could have been the start of a Lethal Weapon style franchise. Instead it's a missed opportunity and a mess like Cobra.


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