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Tango & Cash (1989)

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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 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Did You Know?


One of the Monster Trucks at the quarry scene towards the end is the famous Bigfoot truck. Although it's painted different colours than its trademark blue color, and does not feature any Bigfoot decals, it was confirmed it is infact Bigfoot by owner of the original monster truck Bob Chandler. See more »


After being attacked in his apartment, Cash jumps of the balcony chasing the attacker. When jumping off the balcony he jumps on his back, as if expecting to land on an airbag. In the next scene, he is seen falling on his face and rolling forward as he lands. See more »


[after Requin breaks down and confesses]
Gabriel Cash: You know, Potato Head, you just fell for the oldest routine in the book: bad cop...
Ray Tango: Worse cop!
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Performed by Alice Cooper
Courtesy of CBS Records, Music Licensing Department
Written by Alice Cooper, Desmond Child and John McCurry
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Lovely piece of kitsch from the 80's
4 June 2005 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

Back in the 80's, kitsch cinema had two main sections - gory horror movies and daft action films, of which this film obviously fits into the latter. While the gory horror movies of the eighties often lacked credibility, that section of kitsch movies beats the daft action films because of the much higher content of inventiveness; but more often than not, the daft action movies make for good entertainment, even if they're somewhat less than brilliant. Tango and Cash is a notable action movie because it stars two of the eighties most popular action stars - Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell, whose antagonistic partnership makes up the core of this movie. The plot device to get the maverick cops to work together is hardly important, but nevertheless it follows the two as a corrupt state buys into a plot by a criminal kingpin to land them both in jail, which promptly sees our hero's in with the masses of criminals they themselves have sent to the clink. As you can imagine, they're not the most well liked of inmates. Especially not by 'Maniac Cop' himself, Robert Z'Dar...

The action in the movie comes thick and fast and this, when combined with the one-liner packed script make the movie feel more like a parody than a serious take on the genre. This is all good, however, as this movie is pure entertainment, and seeing two of the 80's hottest action stars fire off silly dialogue at one another is a treat to say the least. The action is over the top, and we get to watch our hero's do such things as slide down electrical cables and drive a souped up SUV around an explosion packed warehouse, and it makes for great entertainment. Of course, what the movie packs in action and snappy dialogue, it lacks in other areas such as credibility and depth; but nobody tunes into a kitschy 80's action movie for plot depth and sophistication, so blaming the movie for not offering these things is ridiculous. On the whole, if you're after a good two hours of solid action fare, you could certainly do a lot worse than Tango and Cash. This movie packs a lot of punch, delivered by two strong leading men. Thumbs up!

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