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Tango & Cash (1989)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  22 December 1989 (USA)
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Two cops are framed and must clear their names.


(as Andrei Konchalovsky) , (uncredited)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Tan ...
Chinese Gunman (as Phillip Tan)
Capt. Holmes (as Eddie Bunker)
Leslie Morris ...
Roy Brocksmith ...


Ray Tango and Gabriel Cash are narcotics detectives who, while both being extremely successful, can't stand each other. Crime Lord Yves Perret, furious at the loss of income that Tango and Cash have caused him, frames the two for murder. Caught with the murder weapon on the scene of the crime, the two have alibi. Thrown into prison with most of the criminals they helped convict, it appears that they are going to have to trust each other if they are to clear their names and catch the evil Perret. Written by Murray Chapman <>

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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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Release Date:

22 December 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Set Up  »

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$55,000,000 (estimated)


$63,408,614 (USA)

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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints) (4 channels)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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When Tango visits Wyler at Wyler's house, he surprises Wyler, who is taking a plate of spaghetti out of the refrigerator. Wyler is surprised at Tango's appearance, and drops the plate. When Tango looks at the plate on the floor, a fork has appeared on the plate, despite not being there when it was dropped. See more »


Gabriel Cash: You wanna cut my throat, go ahead. You wanna cut my fuckin' head off and use it for a fuckin' basketball? You can *bowl* with the motherfucker for all I care! Just don't let HIM do it! I don't wanna get killed by this limey, immigrant JERKOFF! I wanna get killed by an AMERICAN jerkoff!
Requin: [English accent] You fucking wanker!
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Just Who's The Best Cop In LA?
23 August 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

It looks to me like everyone was having one rollicking good time making Tango&Cash. This is the kind of film that you have to take as seriously as an Indiana Jones adventure. After all their can be only one Indy.

But in this case we've a pair of cowboy cops who work in different parts of Los Angeles. Sylvester Stallone as Ray Tango and Kurt Russell as Gabe Cash are certainly known to each other however due to the headlines they've gathered smashing various criminal enterprises. They're also known to master criminal Jack Palance the Professor Moriarty of the film and he's rigged one elaborate plan for their disgrace and downfall and death.

As much as Stallone and Russell are enjoying spoofing their own action images, this film is absolutely stolen by Jack Palance. With tongue firmly in cheeking and hands twirling some imaginary mustache ends in the best Snidely Whiplash tradition, Palance is having a ball with his part.

Of course even when they're in the worst of trouble there's still that oneupsmanship that Russell and Stallone can't shake. And when Russell shows an interest in Teri Hatcher whom he later finds out is Stallone's sister, things could really have gotten interesting if it weren't for the joint problems they both were having.

When you watch this film, do not for one instant take it seriously and I guarantee a real hoot.

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