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Tango & Cash (1989)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  22 December 1989 (USA)
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Two cops are framed and must clear their names.


(as Andrei Konchalovsky) , (uncredited)


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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 on the scene of the crime, the two have 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 <>

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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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints) (4 channels)



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2.35 : 1
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One of several films to be turned over to editor Stuart Baird, who came onto the project as an editing "doctor" when Warner where displeased with the first cut turned in by the filmmakers. See more »


When shot, Cash is clearly not wearing a Kevlar vest, yet he later pulls one off. See more »


Gabriel Cash: I don't know about you, but I have an aversion to getting F.U.B.A.R...
Ray Tango: What's F.U.B.A.R.?
Gabriel Cash: Fucked-Up Beyond All Recognition.
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Referenced in The Michael J. Fox Show: Interns (2013) See more »


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Take time and watch this, you won't regret it!
17 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Despite what the rating says here at IMDb, take time and see this action flick, you'll enjoy it. Ray Tango (Stallone) and Gabriel Cash (Russel) are two rival Los Angeles cops, considered the best, that get framed for a murder they didn't commit. They get put away in prison, facing some of the criminals they've busted! Tango and Cash become, um, sort of "buddies" while in jail. The convicts have their fun with the both of them for awhile until they devise an escape plan, and do get out. Once Tango and Cash escape, they must find out who it was that framed them and find a way to clear themselves from that crime they've been wrongfully accused of while trying to not get caught.

This is a good action flick, with a lot of comedy put into it, perhaps more than the directors would have anticipated. This movie will keep you glued to your television. It is predictable but it has good action and as I said very good comedy. 7/10, recommended!

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