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41 out of 46 people found the following review useful:
I'd pay Cash to see this Tango, 2 December 2005
Author: Bjorn (jbjorns) from Iceland
Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone are the reason why this
run-of-the-mill action flick actually works. There's nothing innovative
or special about the film, it's nothing we haven't seen before (maybe
just Russell in drag) but the film is entertaining as hell thanks to
it's two stars.
Stallone is Tango and Russell is Cash, two cops who get set up and sent to jail. They break out and go after the bad guys to clear their names.
The film has got some excellent action scenes, particularly inside the prison and during the break out. It's got some nice eye candy courtesy of one Teri Hatcher. The script also delivers some very funny lines now and then. Couple that with the fact that I actually do like Stallone do comedy and Russell has always been somewhat of a mini favourite; Tango and Cash is very worthy of my time every once in a while.
Downsides; Excellent actor Jack Palance is horrible in the cliché ridden bad guy role (I can't figure out if he's trying too hard or not at all) and the film has a really silly final 10 minutes where the action goes from cool to basically slapstick. Still, early 90's action fans should enjoy this flick.
44 out of 52 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!
59 out of 90 people found the following review useful:
Unadulterated Sheer Brilliance, the Perfect Film ..Tango and Cash, 18 December 2005
Author: The Gebrah from United States
This masterpiece of Americana is perhaps the Greatest film ever made.
The amalgamation of Sylvester Stallone's sheer magnetism, and Kurt
Russell's commanding stage presence, has yielded a sonnet the likes of
which all Films aspire to be. Stallone portrays "Raymond 'Ray' Tango" a
highly decorated narcotics detective from Beverly Hills, who penchant
for the stock market, has granted him not only the finer things in life
but also a means to express his sophisticated nature and aspirations of
financial independence. Stallone masterfully shows the dichotomy of a
character who is highly educated and well mannered, yet is beset in a
cesspool of crime and depravity, Tango yearns for a better society yet
will not rest on his laurels of law and order. "Gabriel 'Gabe' Cash"
portrayed by the immaculate Kurt Russell, is the antipodean of
Stallone's level headed Tango. Cash is pugnacious, assertive, and
zealous yet his diligence to enforce law and order at all cost define
this tortured soul. Although this crass inner city detective has a
disheveled appearance and tough exterior he is simply trying to hide
his true feelings and desires for true love in an otherwise barbaric
The story begins as these two rival officers are competing for the title of LA's best cop. Although their methods and approaches differ, their goals are the same; to imprison Yves Perret a diabolical drug lord who catches wind of the duos escapades. With his Criminal Empire in danger of being toppled, Perret masterfully played by Jack Pallance, enacts his plan to destroy the two. In an act of carnal malevolence he frames them for the murder of an undercover FBI agent. Perret's corruption and debauchery know no bounds, as he weaves a duplicitous web of conspiracy the likes of which have not been seen since the Warren Commission. Evidence is tampered, so-called experts bribed, and in an attempt to save their lives, Tango and Cash agree to a plea bargain, under the guise that they will be sent to a Minimum Security prison, not amongst the general population. Perret then has them sent to a Maximum Security faculty amongst inmates that have been jailed by the two supercops, in an attempt to have them assassinated. Tango and Cash must then set aside their petty differences and discover the true meaning of friendship to escape the prison to clear their once proud names, and stop Perret once and for all, in a conclusion that will rattle even the sternest of men.
The chemistry between Stallone and Russell is reminiscent of Redford and Newman, if not greater, with snide remarks being made by both parties. The action, adventure, and violence are non-stop, yet the humanity of the characters is prevalent throughout the film, adding a much needed dimension to an otherwise cliché and tired genre. Tango is not just a mindless cop, he is multidimensional protagonist, who hearkens to the days of Bogart and Cary Grant. Cash desires the admiration of a women to complete himself, which he finds in Catherine "kiki" Tango, he is not simply a generic action hero who shoots guns and makes wise ass remarks, Cash has a quintessence and Russell pours his soul into the character.
All in all this film is the crowning achievement of Stallone and Russell and the Hollywood film industry. It is a cut of history, when master Artisans the like of Russell and Stallone are brought together at their peak with visionaries leading them to produce what is their destiny ..FUBAR!!!!!!!!!
27 out of 30 people found the following review useful:
not real in the least...but still fun, 17 March 2002
Author: mcfly-31 from anaheim, ca
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
A lot of the reviews for this film use the word "fun", which is code for "unreal", "ridiculous", "silly". That pretty much sums up this umpteenth foray into the cop/buddy flick. The slight difference is the two guys aren't partners, but city rivals. But, as usual, they detest each other, battle a big bad guy, and have a sexy girl caught between them. One of the zillion unreal elements begins with these two guys constantly grabbing headlines in LA. Now, I've lived near LA all my life. Not once has there ever been an officer who was a superstar/celebrity type of superior abilities. And, as we usually see in movies, these guys are non-uniformed, fancy car driving studs. Anyway, off to the plot. The two guys are hated by an aged, wealthy drug runner (Palance). For reasons only known to him, he doesn't want the two simply capped in the head and out of the way. I assume he wants to physically and mentally torture them, so he orchestrates a, yet once more unreal, frame-up that lands the two in jail. There's even an obligatory "You're goin' down for this" from a fellow officer at the scene of the crime. Then, on the inside, ALL the guards are corrupt, which allows prisoners to roam the grounds at will, the powerful drug guy to pay visits, Russell and Stallone to be tortured in a boiler room, etc. Each guy has a friend on his side, Russell the warden, Stallone his captain. Now it's odd that the captain, who knows Stallone is innocent, fails to share this with other authoroties. Even the address of a henchman that he's obtained. After a prison break, there's the big bad finale where the two take on armies of machine gun blasting toadies of Palance's. Then a dopey final gunshot that puts an exclamation point on the list of unreal moments. Now, with all that said, why did I still like this? The dynamite script. Feldman provides a ton of one-liners and comic moments, which aided the implausibility of the proceedings. Not to mention some nicely shot moments of action. So, for a good "turn off your brain" adventure where you'll be asked to go easy on quality, give this a shot.
31 out of 42 people found the following review useful:
Take time and watch this, you won't regret it!, 17 October 2005
Author: anfield_liverpool01 from United States
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!
16 out of 24 people found the following review useful:
Lethal Weapon Knockoff VIII, 15 January 2000
Author: gazzo-2 from United States
This is pretty good for what it is-Stallone and Russell's take off of Lethal
Weapon. Stallone does a pretty good job being the low key guy here, Russell
the loose cannon, there are gun fights, fights, escapes, the great prison
getaway, fun byplay between the two leads, oodles of belief suspending
needed and scads of stunt doubles used all through here.
My memory is mostly of Sly in the glasses, the Pickup from Hell, a lotta car chases and a real 'this is a spoof' air to it all.
Palance chews the scenery, Brion James does his usual good villain work....what more could you want?
*** outta ****, you get what you pay for here, and a little extra...
11 out of 15 people found the following review useful:
Although a poor man's Lethal weapon, this is a lot better than you might think, 16 March 2000
Author: (firstname.lastname@example.org) from Lancaster, England
Okay, so this isn't the greatest film ever made. In fact, it isn't even
remotely the best buddy-buddy flick ever made. But surprisingly enough,
is actually quite a winner, and succeeds far more in being a parody of the
Lethal-Weapon style films than say... Loaded Weapon does. This is for
Firstly, Stallone is the star of the show here, turning in a self-mocking parody of his own screen persona. He is flash and indestructable, yet the film acknowledges and exploits this to comedic ends. Secondly, Palance is excellent as a sneering and menacing bad guy, plotting the two cops downfall. He deserved more screen time than he actually got, and actually did a good job of being the obligatory stereotypical bad-guy.
However, the best thing of all about this film is the snappy dialogue. There is so much good banter between the two-cops that no matter how bizarre the film's scenario's get, the dialogue rescues it.
The first time I saw this, I enjoyed it and was only really let down by the ending, which feels hollow and unsatisfying in comparison to the first two reels of the film. However, this nagging problem alone, I have no hesitation in recommending this to any fan of the action-genre.
Overall: 6 1/2 out of 10.
9 out of 12 people found the following review useful:
Just Who's The Best Cop In LA?, 23 August 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
It looks to me like everyone was having one rollicking good time making
Tango&Cash. This is the kind of film that you have to take as seriously
as an Indiana Jones adventure. After all their can be only one Indy.
But in this case we've a pair of cowboy cops who work in different parts of Los Angeles. Sylvester Stallone as Ray Tango and Kurt Russell as Gabe Cash are certainly known to each other however due to the headlines they've gathered smashing various criminal enterprises. They're also known to master criminal Jack Palance the Professor Moriarty of the film and he's rigged one elaborate plan for their disgrace and downfall and death.
As much as Stallone and Russell are enjoying spoofing their own action images, this film is absolutely stolen by Jack Palance. With tongue firmly in cheeking and hands twirling some imaginary mustache ends in the best Snidely Whiplash tradition, Palance is having a ball with his part.
Of course even when they're in the worst of trouble there's still that oneupsmanship that Russell and Stallone can't shake. And when Russell shows an interest in Teri Hatcher whom he later finds out is Stallone's sister, things could really have gotten interesting if it weren't for the joint problems they both were having.
When you watch this film, do not for one instant take it seriously and I guarantee a real hoot.
3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Fun and suspenseful actioner, 17 October 2003
Author: Fiendish_Dramaturgy from .: Fiendish Writings in the Dark :.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Excellent action, intense suspense, and a great action/comedy story
This is an excellent fast-paced action/comedy. I truly enjoyed all aspects of this production, from the screenplay to the set design.
Russell and Stallone turn in top notch, professional work in this enjoyable endeavor. While the action was good, fluid, and well executed, the movie never once loses its main focus: that wonderful plot. The plot is extremely well written. While there are two major flaws to the credibility of the story line, I found this attempt to be at least as good as Lethal Weapon 2.
I found this production to be innovative, fun, and highly entertaining. It had everything a good action movie needs to make it successful; excellent character development, imaginative direction, professional performances by the cast and crew, a clever and witty screenplay with intelligent dialog, and action...lots of good fast-paced, well-delivered action. It had a fresh comedic element, and, even though at times, director Andrei Konchalovsky does turn to juvenile antics to solicit a chuckle from us, the comedy was mostly about as intelligent as you can expect from Sly and Russell, and expertly-delivered.
It rates a 6.3/10 from...
the Fiend :.
4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
This film is NOT F.U.B.A.R., 17 February 2004
Author: MrBark from Baltimore, Maryland (USA)
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
This film is not F.U.B.A.R. However, it did teach me what that term means.
It's not often that a film this cheesy, this good can enter your heart.
"Tango & Cash" isn't just a movie. It's an institution.
The common mistake many people make when they view this film is that they judge it in a conventional way. Bad move. Why? Because when you judge it in a conventional way, you get a seemingly bad film. For example, one-dimensional characters, cookie-cutter plot, one-liners every minute, etc.
However, this film rises above the conventions of film making. Sly and Kurt have a good chemistry, and that more than carries the film. However, this film has the added benefit of cheese.
Why are cheesy films looked down upon? Sure, in real life criminal masterminds can't lease/buy a former military base. Of course they never have a mechanized infantry. Surely even if they did, two men with a fully armed SUV wouldn't be able to conquer such a criminal empire.
I suppose I should have labeled that a spoiler, but is it? Is there any doubt how a movie like this is going to end? No, and that's the beauty of it.
If you like cheese, you will LOVE this film. If you don't like cheese, then you should probably watch your copy of "Titanic" for the 100th time.
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