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Writer (WGA):
Randy Feldman (written by)
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Release Date:
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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Cheesy, dated, clichéd, predictable and basic but the lead performances and silly dialogue make it silly fun for those in the mood See more (152 total) »


  (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

Anne Cooper ... 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)

Conrad Hurtt ... Caterpillar driver (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 Sasgen .... carpenter
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)
Jim Meyer .... 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 .... re-recording mixer
Tom Beckert .... re-recording mixer
Stu Bernstein .... sound editor
James Beshears .... supervising adr editor
Simon Coke .... sound editor
Tom E. Dahl .... 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 (as Lex DuPont)
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)
Blake Jones .... colorist (uncredited)
Location Management
Pavel Cerny .... location manager
Robbie Goldstein .... location manager
Veronique Vowell .... location manager
Music Department
Carlton Kaller .... music editor
Brian Reeves .... music score co-producer
Anthony Marinelli .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Anthony Marinelli .... performer: additional arrangements (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)
Marc Scott .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Janis Biewend .... assistant: Mr. Peters
Adam Carr .... production aide
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
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
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:
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Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints) (4 channels)
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:16 | Canada:14A (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:13+ (Régie du Cinéma Québec) | Chile:TE+7 | Finland:K-15 (uncut) (2009) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1999) (DVD) | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1990) (1998) | Germany:18 (uncut) | Iceland:16 | Mexico:B | Netherlands:12 (re-rating) | Netherlands:16 (original rating) (1990) | New Zealand:M | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:18 | Spain:13 | 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 tank-like SUV seen in the film (with a windshield shape resembling a 1990s-era Chevrolet Lumina APV minivan) was built from a 1988 Chevrolet K2500 truck. At the time of the film's release, the vehicle resembled a GM concept (a 1987 Chevrolet Blazer XT-1) which was planned as a crossover-like SUV which was powered with a Chevrolet 4.3L V6 - the engine block and cylinder heads were cast in aluminum alloy. GM did not proceed with the Blazer XT-1 but its styling cues were used with the W-body "Dustbuster" minivans (Lumina, Oldsmobile Silhouette, and Pontiac Trans Sport).See more »
Continuity: When Tango is standing in the backyard and questioning his sister about whether or not she slept with Cash, he is not wearing any glasses. Seconds later he walks into the house to get a change of clothes from the dresser, and is suddenly now wearing them.See more »
Assistant Warden Matt Sokowski:What's widdya friend?
Gabriel Cash:He's a little upset. He misses his wardrobe.
[then as they leave the room]
Ray Tango:I DO miss my wardrobe.
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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Cheesy, dated, clichéd, predictable and basic but the lead performances and silly dialogue make it silly fun for those in the mood, 6 June 2005
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Tango is a smooth cop who dresses like a banker, deals in stocks and shares but loves the action. Cash is a rough and ready action man who lives life fast and dirty but is a better cop for it. Each man serves on opposite sides of the LA and both are thorns in the side of crime kingpin Yves Perret – accountable for losing him millions in seized drugs and weapons. Rather than just have them killed, Perret sets them both up for the murder of an undercover cop supposedly in a sting operation. With all the evidence against them they cop a plea for minimum-security sentence – which they don't get. With a violent and angry welcome for them, Tango and Cash decide they need to escape soon or be carried out – plus, bringing down Perret is now their sole focus.

Although I know just what this film was going to be like, I thought I'd try to give it a chance and watch it again with a fresh pair of eyes. Nothing about the plot summary would lead you to expect anything other than a clichéd action movie and all that comes with it. And that is almost exactly what you get with this. The plot is predictable and really you are just watching it go through the motions and do just what you expect it to at almost every stage. The action is typically over-the-top and lacking the touch of realism that is usually needed to make it really engaging and exciting – instead it is noisy and overblown, managing to be quite fun but certainly not gripping or involving. The character dynamics are also clichéd – it is love/hate, bantering, mismatched cops stuff but ironically it actually works pretty well. The main reason for this is that the script shows that at least Feldman wasn't taking it too seriously – the dialogue allows both to mock each other and stops them settling into their macho images too much.

Happily both Stallone and Russell buy into it and let themselves be made fun of as much as they get to give it. Neither are brilliant but at least they seem to have got the joke and avoid playing it too straight or just going along with the macho clichés. Of course they eventually get back to basics and (along with the film) eventually just gets down to big bangs and action movie traditions but for the majority of the film they just about do enough to make it fun – albeit fun in a silly, rather guilty way. Hatcher doesn't add a great deal but it is interesting to see how good she looked then and how well she has aged in the past 15 or so years. Palance hams it up something awful and is a little painful to watch – but he is matched by equally poor bad guys from James, Hong and a few others. Pollard does his usual stuff and is typical comic relief.

Overall this is a dumb action movie and if you hate that type of film then you will hate this. I must admit that, by the end, the sheer cheesy stupidity of the whole thing had started to grate on me somewhat but up till that point it had been silly and quite fun. The amusing banter is one plus and at least Stallone and Russell aren't taking it too seriously for the most part and provide enough to stop it being a totally predictable genre film – even if it is a close run thing.

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