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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.


(as Andrei Konchalovsky) , (uncredited)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Tan ...
Chinese Gunman (as Phillip Tan)
Capt. Holmes (as Eddie Bunker)
Leslie Morris ...
Roy Brocksmith ...


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 <>

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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:

22 December 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Set Up  »

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$55,000,000 (estimated)


$63,408,614 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Cash pulls the pin on the grenade and stuffs it down Requins' pants before shoving him down the stairs. Requin rolls down the stairs and hits the wall at the bottom and the grenade goes off. However, the actual explosion occurs on the stairs near the baseboard, about 6 feet from Requin. See more »


Captain Schroeder: If you really wanted to stare death in the eye, you shoulda gotten married.
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I'd pay Cash to see this Tango
2 December 2005 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

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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