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Tango & Cash -- Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell are two L.A. rival cops who, despite their immediate dislike for each other, join forces to take on the powerful drug lord who has framed them.
Tango & Cash -- Two cops are framed and must clear their names.


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Randy Feldman (written by)
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22 December 1989 (USA) See more »
Two of L.A.'s top rival cops are going to have to work together... Even if it kills them.
Two cops are framed and must clear their names. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sylvester Stallone ... Lt. Raymond Tango

Kurt Russell ... Lt. Gabriel Cash

Teri Hatcher ... Katherine 'Kiki' Tango

Jack Palance ... Yves Perret

Brion James ... Requin

James Hong ... Quan

Marc Alaimo ... Lopez

Philip Tan ... Chinese Gunman (as Phillip Tan)

Michael J. Pollard ... Owen

Robert Z'Dar ... Face

Lewis Arquette ... Wyler

Edward Bunker ... Capt. Holmes (as Eddie Bunker)
Leslie Morris ... Hendricks
Roy Brocksmith ... Fed. Agent Davis

Susan Krebs ... Prosecutor
David Byrd ... Judge McCormick

Richard Fancy ... Nolan
Jerry Martinez ... Santos

Michael Jeter ... Skinner

Bing Russell ... Van Driver
Alphonse Walter ... Station Cop (as Alphonse V. Walter)
Peter Stensland ... Kagan
Phil Rubenstein ... Assistant Warden Matt Sokowski

Elizabeth Sung ... Interpreter

Clint Howard ... Slinky
Ed DeFusco ... Federal Agent
Jack Goode Jr. ... Federal Agent
Geoff Vanderstock ... Federal Agent
Larry Humburger ... Federal Agent (as Larry Humberger)
Mark Wood ... Desk Cop
Andre Rosey Brown ... Cash's Cellmate
Saveliy Kramarov ... Car Owner (as Savely Kramarov)

Michael Francis Clarke ... Reporter
Ann Marie Gillis ... Reporter (as Anne Marie Gillis)
Tammy Richardson ... Reporter
Patti Davis ... Reporter (as Patricia Davis)
Richard L. Duran ... Prisoner (as Richard Duran)
Doug Ford ... Prisoner
Kenneth Pruitt ... Prisoner
Ronald Moss ... Prisoner
Richard Dominguez ... Prisoner (as Ricky Domínguez)

Kristen Dalton ... Lynn (as Kristen Hocking)
Tamara Landry ... Girl in Bar
Anna Joyner ... Girl in Bar
Melissa Bremner ... Dance Double
Christie Mucciante ... Dressing Room Girl
Lucia Neal ... Dressing Room Girl
Roxanne Kernohan ... Dressing Room Girl (as Roxanne Kernahan)
Dori Courtney ... Dressing Room Girl
Dale Swann ... Captain
John Walter Davis ... Slobber

Adolfo Quinones ... Dancer (as Shabba-Doo)

David Lea ... Sonny

Glenn Morshower ... Co-Worker
Salvador Espinoza ... Weasel
Christopher Wolf ... State Trooper
Larry White ... Cop
Richard J. Larson ... Detective
Fred Trombley ... Detective
Matt Tufo ... Detective
David Phillips ... Inmate
Lewis Guido ... Inmate
James Reilley ... Inmate
Gilbert Esparza ... Inmate
Martin Valinsky ... Bailiff
Donald Zinn ... Guard
Duane Allen ... Guard
Robert David Armstrong ... Club Doorman

Philip Weyland ... Customer
Paul Lewis ... Customer
Ron Cummins ... Customer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Billy Blanks ... Prison Thug (uncredited)
Cibby Danyla ... News Reporter (uncredited)
Lorenzo Gaspar ... Bar customer (uncredited)
Richard Hale ... Detective (uncredited)
Michael Lent ... Dead Lopez (uncredited)

Geoffrey Lewis ... Captain Schroeder (uncredited)
Ralph Moratz ... Extra (uncredited)

Ari Ross ... Boyfriend (uncredited)

Rodney Saulsberry ... Courtroom Policemen (uncredited)

Benny Urquidez ... Thug (uncredited)

Directed by
Andrey Konchalovskiy  (as Andrei Konchalovsky)
Albert Magnoli (replaced Andrei Konchalovsky) (uncredited)
Writing credits
Randy Feldman (written by)

Produced by
Larry J. Franco .... co-producer
Peter Guber .... producer
Barbara Kalish .... associate producer
Peter MacDonald .... executive producer
Tony Munafo .... associate producer
Jon Peters .... producer
Original Music by
Harold Faltermeyer 
Cinematography by
Donald E. Thorin (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Hubert de La Bouillerie  (as Hubert De La Bouillerie)
Robert A. Ferretti  (as Robert Ferretti)
Casting by
Glenn Daniels 
Production Design by
J. Michael Riva 
Art Direction by
Richard Berger 
David F. Klassen  (as David Klassen)
Set Decoration by
Marvin March 
Costume Design by
Bernie Pollack 
Makeup Department
Shirley Dolle .... hair stylist
Dennis Liddiard .... makeup artist
Gary Liddiard .... makeup artist
John Rizzo .... makeup artist: second unit
Production Management
Robin S. Clark .... unit production manager: second unit (as Robin Clark)
Stratton Leopold .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
M. James Arnett .... second unit director (as Jim Arnett)
Marty P. Ewing .... first assistant director (as Marty Ewing)
Peter MacDonald .... second unit director (as Peter Macdonald)
Josh McLaglen .... first assistant director: second unit
Brad Michaelson .... dga trainee
Artist W. Robinson .... second assistant director (as Artist Robinson)
Daniel R. Suhart .... second assistant director (as Dan Suhart)
Daniel R. Suhart .... second assistant director: second unit
Richard 'Dub' Wright .... second assistant director: second unit
Jodi Ehrlich .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department
Sharleen Bright .... stand-by painter
Jack Eberhart .... leadperson
Craig Gentry .... stand-by painter
Johnnie Jenkins .... construction accountant
Audrey A. Johnson .... assistant property master (as Audrey Johnson)
Kent H. Johnson .... property master (as Kent Johnson)
Alan S. Kaye .... set designer
Bill Kenney .... art director: second unit
Louis M. Mann .... set designer (as Louis Mann)
Mike Schenk .... property master: second unit (as Michael Schenk)
Larry Verne .... construction coordinator
Michael Wright .... construction foreman
Craig Baron .... assistant propmaster (uncredited)
Gary J. Coelho .... laborer (uncredited)
Michael A. Contreraz .... laborer (uncredited)
Neil Garland .... propmaker gangboss (uncredited)
Steven Kissick .... carpenter (uncredited)
Frank Leasure .... propmaker (uncredited)
Joseph Perugini .... plasterer foreman (uncredited)
Edward T. Reiff Jr. .... set constructor (uncredited)
Carl Robarge .... plasterer (uncredited)
David Russell .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Frank White .... laborer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Wayne Artman .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Beckert .... sound re-recording mixer
Stu Bernstein .... sound editor
James Beshears .... supervising adr editor
Simon Coke .... sound editor
Tom E. Dahl .... sound re-recording mixer
Craig S. Jaeger .... foley artist (as Craig Jaeger)
Bruce Lacey .... adr editor
Robert Martel .... assistant sound editor
Don H. Matthews .... sound mixer: second unit
Efraim Reuveni .... foley editor (as Effie Reuveni)
Gina M. Rutledge .... foley artist
Robert R. Rutledge .... supervising sound editor
Dennis C. Salcedo .... boom operator: second unit
Kenneth Schwarz .... boom operator
John Sheridan .... cable
Mark P. Stoeckinger .... supervising sound editor (as Mark Stoeckinger)
Robert Waxman .... sound editor
Charles M. Wilborn .... sound mixer (as Charles Wilborn)
Ed Callahan .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Craig Clark .... foley editor (uncredited)
John S. Coffey .... sound mixer: second unit (uncredited)
Matt Colleran .... sound effects recordist (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist (uncredited)
Fred Wasser .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Michael S. Wren .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jon G. Belyeu .... special effects coordinator
Richard Bissetti .... special effects (as Richard Bisseti)
Tom Del Genio .... special effects (as Tom Delgenio)
Larry L. Fuentes .... special effects (as Larry Fuentes)
Richard Lea .... special effects
Samuel E. Price .... special effects: second unit
Jim Schwalm .... special effects (as James D. Schwalm)
Paul Stewart .... special effects: second unit
Bob Stoker .... special effects (as Robert Stoker)
Visual Effects by
Peter Anderson .... visual effects photography
Michael L. Fink .... visual effects supervisor (as Michael Fink)
Peter Kuran .... visual effects
Jammie Friday .... animator: VCE (uncredited)
Pete Antico .... stunts
M. James Arnett .... stunt coordinator (as James Arnett)
Charlie Brewer .... stunts
Jophery C. Brown .... stunts (as Jophery Brown)
Jim Burk .... stunts
John Casino .... stunts
Steven Chambers .... stunts (as Steve Chambers)
Gilbert B. Combs .... stunts (as Gil Combs)
Gary Compton .... stunts
Bud Davis .... stunts
Mark De Alessandro .... stunts (as Mark DeAlessandro)
Mike De Luna .... stunts (as Michael DeLuna)
Justin De Rosa .... stunts (as Justin DeRosa)
Lila Finn .... stunts
Joe Gilbride .... stunts
James M. Halty .... stunts (as Jim Halty)
Steve Hart .... stunts
Freddie Hice .... stunts
Steve Holladay .... stunts
Tommy J. Huff .... stunts (as Tom Huff)
Gary Hymes .... stunt coordinator: second unit
Jeff Imada .... stunts
Maria R. Kelly .... stunts (as Maria Kelly)
Rick Le Fevour .... stunts (as Rick LeFevour)
Gary McLarty .... stunts
Jeff O'Haco .... stunts
Bob Orrison .... stunts
Manny Perry .... stunts
J.N. Roberts .... stunts
Pat Romano .... stunts
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunts (as Ronnie Rondell)
Michael Runyard .... stunts (as Mike Runyard)
Bill M. Ryusaki .... stunts (as Bill Riyusaki)
Ben Scott .... stunts
Steve Vandeman .... stunts
Dick Ziker .... stunts
Pete Antico .... stunt double: Sylvester Stallone (uncredited)
Jeff Bornstein .... stunts (uncredited)
John Cann .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Mark De Alessandro .... stunt double: Sylvester Stallone (uncredited)
Richie Gaona .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Tommy J. Huff .... truck stunts (uncredited)
Henry Kingi Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Jeff Langton .... stunts (uncredited)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Dion Monte .... stunts (uncredited)
Ron Oliney .... stunts (uncredited)
John-Clay Scott .... stunts (uncredited)
Benny Urquidez .... fight trainer (uncredited)
Dick Warlock .... stunt double: Kurt Russell (uncredited)
Ric Roman Waugh .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Gerald H. Boatright .... chief lighting technician: second unit (as Jerry Boatright)
Paul E. Borchardt .... key grip
James F. Boyle .... chief lighting technician (as James T. Boyle)
Peter Davidian .... assistant chief lighting technician
Lex DuPont .... first assistant camera: second unit
Dave Friedman .... still photographer (as David Friedman)
Daniel C. Gold .... first assistant camera
Charles Hatcher .... best boy grip
Julio Macat .... director of photography: second unit
Robert Moore .... best boy grip (as Bob Moore)
Paul Murphey .... video assist operator (as Paul Murphy)
Jack Palinkas .... key grip: second unit
Timothy Prince .... video assist operator
Michael Raspa .... second assistant camera
Lane Russell .... second assistant camera: second unit (as Lane Gregory Russell)
Clyde Smith .... dolly grip (as Clyde A. Smith)
Dennis Smith .... camera operator
Eric Smith .... assistant chief lighting technician
Frederic J. Smith .... camera operator (as Fred Smith)
Bob Stradling .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Robert Stradling)
Donald E. Thorin Jr. .... first assistant camera (as Donald Thorin Jr.)
Jeffrey Thorin .... second assistant camera (as Jeff Thorin)
Joseph F. Valentine .... camera operator: second unit (as Joe Valentine)
Michael 'Dutch' Van Woert .... riffing gaffer (as Michael Van Woert)
Richard Tim Vanik .... camera operator: second unit (as Richard 'Tim' Vanik)
Dean Williams .... still photographer
Patric J. Abaravich .... assistant chief lighting technician: second unit (uncredited)
Chris Athy .... electrician (uncredited)
Paul Caven .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Adam Glick .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Richard Kelley .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ron Kunecke .... musco light operator (uncredited)
Nicholas S. McLean .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Gary Molyneux .... rigging grip: second unit (uncredited)
Richard Ocean .... lighting designer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jimmy Jue .... extras casting (uncredited)
Mariann H.W. Lee .... extras casting (uncredited)
Douglas Wright .... casting coordinator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brad Anderson .... costumer (as Bradley J. Anderson)
Leah Brown .... costumer
Ed Fincher .... costume supervisor
Louis Infante .... costume supervisor: second unit
David Page .... costumer
Marie Boller .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Stuart Baird .... supervising editor
Tracy Granger .... assistant film editor (as Tracy S. Granger)
Axel Hubert .... assistant film editor
Mike Murphy .... assistant film editor (as Michael Murphy)
Neil Silver .... assistant film editor (as Neil I. Silver)
Music Department
Carlton Kaller .... music editor
Brian Reeves .... music score co-producer
Anthony Marinelli .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Chuck Hanson .... transportation assistant captain (as Charles S. Hanson)
Wayne Roberts .... transportation assistant captain
Eddie Lee Voelker .... transportation captain
Gina August .... driver (uncredited)
Billy Baxter .... driver: cast (uncredited)
Roy A. Grace .... driver (uncredited)
Dennis Janovici .... vehicles coordinator (uncredited)
Dennis Junt .... transportation (uncredited)
Other crew
Janis Biewend .... assistant: Mr. Peters
Adam Carr .... production aide
Pavel Cerny .... location manager
Marion Cronin .... script supervisor: second unit
Susan Daniels .... production aide
Joseph Derrico .... production aide
Breck Eisner .... production aide
David Fulton .... unit publicist
Florin Furda .... assistant: Mr. Konchalovsky
Michael Gibbons .... weapons specialist
Marilyn Glass .... assistant: Mr. Franco
Robbie Goldstein .... location manager
Steve Harding .... assistant: Mr. Macdonald, second unit
Jeffrey Hornaday .... choreographer (as Jeff Hornaday)
Alec Kamp .... production aide
David Lea .... technical advisor
Marshall Peck .... production aide
Susan Persily .... assistant: Mr. Stallone
Mark L. Roth .... production accountant
Kathy Sarreal .... production secretary: second unit
Philip Tan .... technical advisor (as Phillip Tan)
Robert Vazquez .... technical advisor
Elpe Villard .... production secretary
Jason Villard .... production aide
Veronique Vowell .... location manager
Kathryn Weygand .... script supervisor
Jeff Winn .... craft service
Bart Brown .... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
Michael Forino .... production assistant (uncredited)
Peter McManus .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Adam Pinkstaff .... vehicle fabricator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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104 min | Germany:97 min (heavily cut)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints) (4 channels)
Australia:M | Brazil:16 | Canada:14A (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:13+ (Régie du Cinéma Québec) | Finland:K-15 (uncut) (2009) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1999) (DVD) | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1990) (1998) | Germany:18 (uncut) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:12 (re-rating) | Netherlands:16 (original rating) (1990) | New Zealand:M | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:15 (original rating) (cut) | USA:R | USA:R (MPAA rating) | West Germany:16 (theatrical and VHS rating) (cut)

Did You Know?

The production was beset with problems from its very inception. Firstly, the intended star, Patrick Swayze dropped out, then principal photography began without a completed script. As mentioned above, Sylvester Stallone had the original director of photography, Barry Sonnenfeld fired. Then, the director, Andrey Konchalovskiy was fired by producer Jon Peters. The film ultimately went $20 million over-budget and had to be completely reedited by Stuart Baird prior to its release.See more »
Continuity: When Tango is escaping from prison, he is running towards the ledge holding his belt in his right hand. The next shot when he is in the air, the belt is in his mouth.See more »
[Tango has just stuck a grenade down a bad guy's pants]
Ray Tango:My contribution to birth control.
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Movie Connections:
References Conan the Barbarian (1982)See more »
Let The Day BeginSee more »


I've heard this film was originally written for Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. Is that true?
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If Cash has the tape that proves his and Tango's innocence, why do they need to go after Perret?
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48 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
Lovely piece of kitsch from the 80's, 4 June 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

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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