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


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Trivia

When Tango and Cash escape from the prison, Cash turns to Tango and asks if he stopped "for coffee and a Danish." Tango says, "I hate Danish," an in-joke referring to Sylvester Stallone's recent divorce from Danish actress Brigitte Nielsen. See more »

Goofs

Cash is seen walking towards his apartment door with a handful of groceries. But in the previous scene, Cash had already parked his car in the garage and walked away with his hands empty. See more »

Quotes

Gabriel Cash: [pointing gun to Tango] Freeze! Drop the duck!
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Alternate Versions

German retail video version was cut by around two minutes to secure a "Not under 16" rating. Later editions are uncut and are rated "Not under 18". See more »

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Referenced in Psych: Bounty Hunters! (2007) See more »

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Let The Day Begin
Performed by The Call
Courtesy of MCA Records
Written by Michael Been
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Stallone and Russel's best buddy Action film from the 80's.
6 October 2015 | by ivo-cobra8See all my reviews

This was the last Action film from the 80's that Stallone made and it become my favorite Action thriller from my childhood. I grew up with this film. Tango & Cash is 1989 underrated Action "classic" film.

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 jealous 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. 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!!!!!!!!!

It is my favorite best action film and the second Stallone best film along with Cobra from the 80's. I love the action sequences, the prison sequences, I love Robert Z'Dar as "The Jaw" in the film he is more memorable for me Matt Cordell as Maniac Cop from the 80's. That is why I love the films from the 80's and 90's more than I do now.

Tango & Cash is a 1989 American buddy cop action comedy film that was mainly directed by Andrei Konchalovsky, although Albert Magnoli took over in the later stages of filming.[3] It stars Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Jack Palance, and Teri Hatcher. The film was released in the United States on December 22, 1989.

The film describes the struggle of Raymond Tango and Gabriel Cash, two rival LAPD narcotics detectives, who are forced to work together after the criminal mastermind Yves Perret frames both of them for murder.Two cops are framed and must clear their names. this was the only film directed from Andrei Konchalovsky that stayed in my memories from him. The director for me in unknown, sorry.

Sylvester Stallone did great job portraying his character L.A. Cop Raymond Tango. Kurt Russell was awesome as L.A. Cop Gabriel Cash. Teri Hatcher as Katherine "Kiki" Tango was excellent as Ray's sister. Yes she was his sister not his mistress, girlfriend or his wife, she was his sister which I love in this movie! Jack Palance as crime boss Yves Perret was excellent villain. Brion James as Requin was amazingly tough guy villain. James Hong as Quan another villain was also awesome. The most awesome to me was Robert Z'Dar as "The Jaw" he was terrific in this film.

I love this film to death I love it is my favorite film and I love it to death!

10/10 Grade: A+ Studio: Warner Bros. Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Jack Palance, and Teri Hatcher. Director: Andrei Konchalovsky Producers: Avi Lerner, Kevin King Templeton, John Thompson Written by: Randy Feldman Rated: R Running Time: 1 Hr. 44 Mins. Released: 22 December 1989 Budget: $55.000.000 Box Office: $63.408.614


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

22 December 1989 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,628,918, 25 December 1989

Gross USA:

$63,408,614

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,408,614
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

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

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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