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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

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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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Box Office

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

While filming the scene in which the back of the SUV catches fire, the flames would not go out when filming was over. Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone were caught in a cross draft. Stallone was so close to the fire that his hair was singed in places. See more »

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When Tango gets dipped in the electrified water in the prison "welcoming committee" scene, a prisoner is holding on to the metal chains around him but somehow isn't electrified himself. See more »

Quotes

[Requin is holding Cash at gunpoint, when Tango appears behind him]
Ray Tango: [English accent] Shame, shame! Don't you know ponytails are out this season? How you doin', Cash?
Gabriel Cash: [disarms Requin] Oh, things are just getting better by the second.
Ray Tango: There's a party up on the roof.
Gabriel Cash: Can I invite Mr. Potato Head here?
Ray Tango: Sure! Wouldn't be a party without Potato Head.
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Alternate Versions

The film's distributor actually self-censored the British theatrical version before submitting it to the BBFC. In addition to the footage the BBFC demanded cut, the UK theatrical release also tones down the electrocution of a villain, edited footage of visible bloodletting during the finale, omits some footage of Lopez being riddled with bullets, another head-butt, a throat chop, a villain pushing his fingers into Cash's blood wound, and Cash putting a grenade down a villain's trousers. All footage was reinstated for video. See more »

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Harlem Nocturne
Performed by Darktown Strutters
Written by Earle Hagen (as Earle Hagan)
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Macho buddy cop action roller coaster thrill - ride
4 November 2018 | by rambofan4lifeSee all my reviews

Macho action roller coaster thrill ride with two action stars: Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell. This is one of my favorite Stallone's action films it is a buddy cop action comedy. I grew up watching this movie I first saw this film as a 9 year old kid on TV. Rocky IV was my favorite childhood action movie at the time and when I saw Sly destroying bad guys in this movie I shouted "mom, Rocky!" That time I didn't know the actor's name who played Rocky and Ray Tango but I loved the action that was delivered in this movie and I taped the ending cause I loved seen Rocky in this movie so much.

As a kid I watched Rocky IV, Rambo III the most those movies I could got on VHS in a video store near my home, those are my childhood movies. Rambo Trilogy, Rocky IV, Rocky V and this movie were the only one I saw as a kid from Stallone. Sylvester Stallone is my favorite action star and Kurt Russell is also my favorite action star. John Rambo teaming up with Snake Pliskin.

Why I like this film? It is for two action stars who delivering this movie good. It is silly action but it is good. I like the prison setting in the film, I like the prison escape. I like practical effects and real stunt work. I like Ray Tango and Gabriel Cash who are the opposite and both competitive cops. The movie is original in which both rival cops are set up for a murder of an FBI undercover agent from a drug kingpin who didn't commit the crime. The movie has lighter tone and it also has comedy elements that work in it so is not brutal it is a decent action movie that I like and enjoy very much.

The movie also star: Teri Hatcher who plays Ray's sister, Jack Palance who plays Yves Perret a crime mastermind who set up those two cops because he is a drug kingpin and Tango & Cash are his competitors who takes down his drug operations and they become a treat to him. James Hong is also in this movie in which he co started with Kurt Russell in Big Trouble in Little China and reunites with Kurt again. Brion James also plays Requin (Perret's henchman) and he is a decent villain. Geoffrey Lewis from Van Damme's Double Impact is in this movie who plays Tango and Cash's supervisor Captain. Robert Z'Dar is also in this movie who played Maniac Cop Officer Matthew Cordell in this movie he is simply called Conan who has a rough fight with Tango on the roof top who becomes electrified that was a good action scene my favorite in the film.

The music by Harold Faltermeyer who did an excellent music score for this movie he also made a lot of music scores on action movies like Beverly Hills Cop I, II, Top Gun, The Running Man and Kuffs.

This isn't my favorite Buddy Cop action film my favorite Buddy Cop action film is Showdown in Little Tokyo because it is Brandon Lee in it. Still Rambo films, Rocky films, Cobra, Demolition Man and Cliffhanger are in my opinion much better movies than Tango & Cash but this is a good decent action macho roller coaster thrill ride movie I like it, not my favorite action film but I like it.


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