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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 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)  »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$63,408,614 (USA)
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The theatrical trailer shows some alternate and deleted scenes; alternate cut of shower scene between Tango and Cash, deleted or alternate fight scene between Cash and Chinese assassin during which Cash says "I hate you karate guys", and deleted scene in which Tango is reading the newspapers and then pulling out Spas 12 shotgun at someone and shooting at some car with it. See more »

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The first newspaper shot of Tango and Cash shows them being arrested with their hands up. There were clearly no flashes or cameras when the cops busted in on them at the set up. See more »

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[Tango grabs a hefty submachine gun and hands Cash a pistol]
Ray Tango: Here.
Gabriel Cash: Aw, c'mon, how come yours is bigger than mine?
Ray Tango: Genetics, peewee.
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Harlem Nocturne
Performed by Darktown Strutters
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Derivative action movie, competent in the destruction department but pretty weak in all other areas.
13 January 2005 | by (Todmorden, England) – See all my reviews

I was surprised to see Andrei Konchalovsky's name on the original poster advertising the cinematic release of this 1989 action movie. Konchalovsky was the director who in 1985 had made the existential thriller Runaway Train and in 1986 had followed it up with the moving drama Duet For One. Not really, then, the type of film-maker you'd expect to direct a buddy-buddy actioner along the lines of 48 Hours and Lethal Weapon. In some ways, I was quite excited at the prospect of Konchalovsky tackling a film of this kind. Could he bring something new to the genre? Could he stamp some of his directorial flair on stale and predictable material? Could he twist a few conventions on their head and create a fresh breed of action film? Unfortunately, Tango & Cash is a thoroughly disappointing and familiar addition to the genre. Not only does it derive all of its inspiration from earlier (and usually better) films, it also makes itself excessively foul-mouthed and violent into the bargain. Konchalovsky has not done his talent any justice with this one.

In L.A, two cops from different precincts dominate the front pages of the newspapers for their constant drug busts. One is Ray Tango (Sylvester Stallone), the other Gabriel Cash (Kurt Russell). Both good cops, both hell-bent on preventing drug traffic from making it onto the streets of their city, and both enormously competitive with the other. One notably mean drug baron, Yves Perret (Jack Palance), decides he's had enough of them meddling into his criminal activities, so he arranges for them to be framed for a murder. Tango and Cash fall into his trap and are duly imprisoned. Their only hope is to team up to bust out of jail, and to nail Perret before the cops nail them.

Stallone and Russell trade off each other quite nicely (though not as brightly as Gibson and Glover in the Lethal Weapon flicks), and Palance once again brings raspy menace to one of those villainous roles he could play in his sleep. But the plot is totally derivative, with nothing fresh or original to get excited about. And the action sequences are totally soulless and excitement-free, with plenty of scenes of destruction but no raw energy to bring depth and emotion into the fireworks. Tango & Cash is a real disappointment in so many ways, but the biggest is probably the fact that, from this director, we've come to expect so much more.


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