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
There are multiple references to other action films of the era. Later in the film during the RV from hell chase sequence, there is a fire and Cash says "now we're cookin'" this line was also uttered by Riggs during the opening chase of Lethal Weapon. Finally, during the same chase sequence, Tango asks Cash who taught him how to drive and Cash' response is Stevie Wonder; a driving Stevie Wonder reference is also used as a joke in Die Hard. These films are shared similar writers and staff at the time so it's possible the lines were even recycled by the same writers. See more »
When Tango and Cash attack Perret's compound and they use bulldozers to crash into the building, the ammunition crates inside are nothing more than empty boxes, with no contents and nothing holding them together. See more »
Ah, the infamous Cash and Tango. Dishonored. Imprisoned. Such a shameful fall from glory.
And who are you?
Just think of me as somebody who doesn't like you very much.
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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 »
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.
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