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Tango & Cash (1989)

Framed by their ruthless arch-nemesis, a mismatched LAPD crime-fighting duo has to put its differences aside to even the score with the evil kingpin once and for all.

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Chinese Gunman (as Phillip Tan)
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Capt. Holmes (as Eddie Bunker)
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Fed. Agent Davis
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The polar opposites, Ray Tango, a suave and sophisticated police officer, and Gabe Cash, his overzealous long-haired partner, are a mismatched LAPD crime-fighting duo who work tirelessly to bring down their arch-nemesis, the ruthless drug lord, Yves Perret. However, when Perret manages to incriminate the pesty team with falsified evidence, Ray and Gabe will soon end up in a maximum-security prison, where an almost endless parade of inmates previously incarcerated by them, are waiting for their captors impatiently. Now, more than ever, Tango and Cash need to put their differences aside to come up quickly with a good plan, not only to escape the jail's walls but also to even the score with the evil kingpin once and for all. Of course, that's easier said than done. Written by Nick Riganas

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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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2.35 : 1
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The glasses Sylvester Stallone wears early in the film are his own, not props. He usually wears contact lenses in his films. The lenses show that he is very near-sighted in one eye, less so in the other. Plus, he has astigmatism. See more »

Goofs

When Cash enters the tunnel at the beginning of the prison escape, he doesn't have the crowbar in his hands. Yet in the following scene, the crowbar reappears. See more »

Quotes

[dangling Requin off a roof by his legs]
Gabriel Cash: Come on, you meat puppet! Who pulls your strings?
Requin: Piss off! Bollocks to Plan A! I like this! The view's great up here! Heh, heh!
Gabriel Cash: What'd he say?
Ray Tango: Plan "A"'s a loser.
Gabriel Cash: Hold on. Give me a name, Death-Breath, or you're going back to fucking England in a fucking baggie!
Requin: Up yours, arsehole! You ain't worth a toss! Go on, drop me! Do it!
Gabriel Cash: Plan "A" is definitely a loser.
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Referenced in Family Guy: Brian Sings and Swings (2006) See more »

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Don't Go
Performed by Yazoo
Courtesy of Mute Records / Sire Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Written by Vince Clarke
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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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