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Tango & Cash (1989)

Framed by their ruthless arch-nemesis, a mismatched LAPD crime-fighting duo has to put its differences aside to even the score with the evil kingpin who put them behind bars once and for all.

Directors:

Andrey Konchalovskiy (as Andrei Konchalovsky), Albert Magnoli (uncredited)

Writer:

Randy Feldman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Leslie Morris ... Hendricks
Roy Brocksmith ... Fed. Agent Davis
Susan Krebs ... Prosecutor
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Storyline

The polar opposites, Ray Tango, a suave and sophisticated police officer, and Gabe Cash, his overzealous long-haired partner, are a mismatched LAPD crime-fighting duo who work tirelessly to bring down their arch-nemesis, the ruthless drug lord, Yves Perret. However, when Perret manages to incriminate the pesty team with falsified evidence, Ray and Gabe will soon end up in a maximum-security prison, where an almost endless parade of inmates previously incarcerated by them, are waiting for their captors impatiently. Now, more than ever, Tango and Cash need to put their differences aside to come up quickly with a good plan, not only to escape the jail's walls but also to even the score with the evil kingpin who put them behind bars once and for all. Of course, that's easier said than done. Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

Two of L.A.'s top rival cops are going to have to work together... Even if it kills them.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Set Up See more »

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Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$63,408,614
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Runtime:

| (heavily cut)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints) (4 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the courtroom conference room, prior to their acceptance of a plea deal, Tango (Stallone) & Cash (Russell) argue about who will make a speech in the courtroom. Tango reminds Cash his birthday (the day he was hatched) is August 16th. August 16th is the day Elvis Presley passed, Russell was in It Happened At The World's Fair with Elvis, and has played Elvis (or an Elvis-like) character numerous times. See more »

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When Requin puts a sub-machine to Cash's head and Tango puts one to Requins, the gun Tango uses appears to be a Marksman spring loaded BB gun. See more »

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[watching TV footage of Tango in action]
Yves Perret: Oh, God. Ray Tango. How he loves to dance. He waltzes in and takes all my drugs, then tangos back out again.
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It's No Crime
Performed by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babyface)
Courtesy of CBS Records, Music Licensing Department
Written by L.A. Reid and Daryl Simmons (as D. Simmons)
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Unadulterated Sheer Brilliance, the Perfect Film…..Tango and Cash
18 December 2005 | by MacGyver_55See all my reviews

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 society.

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!!!!!!!!!


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