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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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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 USA:

$63,408,614
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2.35 : 1
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Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell later co-starred in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), although they do not share screen time together. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Ray Tango: Do you think he's telling the truth?
Gabriel Cash: I don't know. But it's not raining and he's standing in a puddle.
Ray Tango: Disgusting.
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Don't Go
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Lost "Tango"....
14 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

Ever been on a trip without a map?

That's what "Tango and Cash" feels like; everyone knows where they're going, but they just don't know how to get there.

There are a lot of laughs in this movie. In fact, the laugh ratio scores higher than the action, explosions and buddy elements do. That may not be what they had in mind, but it kept me entertained most of the way.

Stallone and Russell do what they can, Hatcher is window dressing and the worst fate is held for Palance (as it usually is). Does he look like an Yves Perret? No, he doesn't act like one, either. He just looks and acts like Palance: hitting his marks and saying his lines, earning his paycheck like a good trooper. He saved the good stuff for "City Slickers", most likely.

As far as good acting goes, look to Lewis as Stallone's commander and Pollard as a little guy who makes stuff for Russell to battle crime with. Do LA cops really need guys like Pollard? Maybe not, but they do come in handy.

The rest of this is just action scenes that are pretty boring if you're familiar with cop movies, buddy scenes that don't quite mesh and a shower scene in prison that, as far as laughs go, is the highlight of the whole thing.

Should you brave "Tango and Cash", you'll agree: as a cop buddy movie, it makes a great comedy.

Five stars, and don't flatter yourself...Pee-Wee.


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