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Tango & Cash (1989)

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)  »

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$55,000,000 (estimated)

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$63,408,614 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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While filming the scene where the back of the SUV catches fire, the flames would not go out when filming was over. Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone were caught in a cross draft. Stallone was so close to the fire, that his hair was singed in places. See more »

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When Tango is reading the sugar prices in his new jail cell, his newspaper is already ripped 2-3 inches from the top along the seam, before his cell mate throws the slinky and rips it totally. See more »

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Gabriel Cash: I don't think there's a golf course.
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Referenced in Lucky & Wild (1993) See more »

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Best Of What I Got
Performed by Bad English
Courtesy of CBS Records, Music Licensing Department
Produced by Richie Zito
Written by John Waite, Jonathan Cain and Neal Schon
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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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