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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 who put them behind bars once and for all.

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Chinese Gunman (as Phillip Tan)
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Storyline

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 who put them behind bars 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:

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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Trivia

The production was beset with problems from the start. The intended star, Patrick Swayze, dropped out. Principal photography began without a completed script. Sylvester Stallone had the original Director of Photography, Barry Sonnenfeld, fired. Then, Jon Peters fired Andrey Konchalovskiy. The film ultimately went $20 million over budget, and had to be completely re-edited by Stuart Baird prior to release. 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 »

Quotes

Gabriel Cash: You wanna cut my throat, go ahead. You wanna cut my fuckin' head off and use it for a fuckin' basketball? You can *bowl* with the motherfucker for all I care! Just don't let HIM do it! I don't wanna get killed by this limey, immigrant JERKOFF! I wanna get killed by an AMERICAN jerkoff!
Requin: [English accent] You fucking wanker!
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It's No Crime
Performed by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babyface)
Courtesy of CBS Records, Music Licensing Department
Written by L.A. Reid and Daryl Simmons (as D. Simmons)
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Lethal Weapon Knockoff VIII
15 January 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is pretty good for what it is-Stallone and Russell's take off of Lethal Weapon. Stallone does a pretty good job being the low key guy here, Russell the loose cannon, there are gun fights, fights, escapes, the great prison getaway, fun byplay between the two leads, oodles of belief suspending needed and scads of stunt doubles used all through here.

My memory is mostly of Sly in the glasses, the Pickup from Hell, a lotta car chases and a real 'this is a spoof' air to it all.

Palance chews the scenery, Brion James does his usual good villain work....what more could you want?

*** outta ****, you get what you pay for here, and a little extra...


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