Tango & Cash (1989) Poster

(1989)

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  • No, this is a rumor that originated around the time of the theatrical release of the film. The career of Sylvester Stallone was on something of a downturn at the time of the making of Tango & Cash, as his last three films (Over the Top (1987), Rambo III (1988) and Lock Up (1989)) had all failed at the box office. Schwarzenegger's career, on the other hand, was going from strength to strength, having just come off two huge box office hits in Red Heat (1988) and Twins (1988), and it was felt by some that if ever Stallone and Schwarzenegger should team up, 1989/1990 would be the perfect time to do it. However, the rumor that Tango & Cash was specifically written for Schwarzenegger and Stallone, but Schwarzenegger wasn't interested, is completely false. The script of Tango & Cash wasn't written for anybody in particular, and the original casting choices were Stallone and Patrick Swayze, but Swayze chose to do Road House (1989) instead, leading to the casting of Kurt Russell. However, whilst Tango & Cash was not written specifically for Schwarzenegger and Stallone, it is worth noting that the first draft of Face/Off (1997) was.

  • Requin (or Ponytail, as he is called several times in the movie) is supposed to be a cockney from London, England. When actor Brion James was originally hired for the part, it was a much smaller role with only two scenes, and in an effort to bring something original to his performance, James began to speak in a cockney accent. Stallone (who was working as unofficial screenwriter during principal photography), loved the accent, and greatly expanded involvement of the character in the story. Some Americans have queried as to whether or not he is actually supposed to be Australian. However, although the accent is extremely poor, it is undeniably an imitation of cockney. Additionally, in the prison, Cash calls him a "limey immigrant jerk off," and when Tango and Cash are hanging Requin from the roof of the building, Cash threatens that if he doesn't reveal who his boss is, he'll be "going back to England in a fuckin' baggie," thus confirming that the character is indeed supposed to be English.

  • As Assistant Warden Matt Sokowski (Phil Rubenstein) explains, anything can happen behind these walls, all you need is the cash. We've got some of the best guards money can buy, but you got the bucks, you get what you need; the whole place is corrupt. So basically, however realistic it may, or may not, be in real life, in the context of the film, Perret (Jack Palance) paid off the guards to let him and Requin into the jail and to turn a blind eye whilst they tortured Tango & Cash.

  • It is called "Don't Go" by Yazoo, taken from their 1982 album Upstairs at Eric's.

  • Katherine (Teri Hatcher) is attempting to play the drums in beat with the song. And failing miserably.

  • They don't! The tape, coupled with the testimony of Skinner (Michael Jeter), would be more than enough to prove Tango & Cash were set up, and to quash their conviction. As such, they go after Perret simply for revenge.

  • A heavily modified 1988 Chevy Suburban 4x4, 454 Big Block.

  • See here for an extremely detailed overview of all of the weapons seen in the film.

  • Officially, director Andrei Konchalovsky was fired because the film went over budget and over schedule. However, according to his 1999 book Elevating Deception, Konchalovsky was fired because he wouldn't agree to what he refers to as the "increasingly insane" demands of producer Jon Peters. Konchalovsky says that he was hired to make a buddy cop movie with plenty of humor, but Peters basically wanted to turn it into a spoof, without any semblance of seriousness, and Konchalovsky refused. Essentially, Konchalovsky argues that they were simply trying to make two different movies, and when Peters realized he couldn't bend Konchalovsky to his will, he fired him.

    According to Brion James (in a 1999 interview with Louis Paul), the film was in disarray from the very beginning, as production began without a completed script, then Sylvester Stallone fired the original director of photography (Barry Sonnenfeld), the film ran $20 million over budget, and several months over schedule, and by the half way stage of the shoot, Peters and Konchalovsky were no longer speaking. James agrees that the official reason Konchalovsky was fired was because of the budget, but he also says that going over-budget was not Konchalovsky's fault, and that Konchalovsky did not deserve to be fired. Both James and Konchalovsky also agree that Stallone was the one person who held the project together, and that he was a constant voice of reason on an increasingly chaotic set. According to Konchalovsky, by the end of principal photography, Stallone was working unofficially as producer, director and writer, as well as star, and Konchalovsky believes that had it not been for Stallone, Peters would have fired him much sooner than he did.

  • The R1 US DVD, released by Warner Bros Home Entertainment in 1997, contains the following special features:

    • Dolby Digital 5.1 digitally-remastered soundtrack

    • Original Theatrical Trailer

    • Production Notes

    • Cast Bios

    The film has been release twice in the UK by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (UK) in 1999 and in 2009. The 1999 edition is rated 15 and features the cut UK version of the film. It is also non-anamorphic, although it does include the theatrical trailer and the production notes. The 2009 edition is rated 18 and features the uncut version of the film and is anamorphic, but it has no special features.

  • Yes, it is. Both the US edition and the UK edition are uncut. However, on both editions, the only special feature is the theatrical trailer.

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