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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 once and for all.

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Chinese Gunman (as Phillip Tan)
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Two extreme 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 once and for all. But, obviously, 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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22 December 1989 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$63,408,614 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was one of the last dozen films to be released in the 1980s. See more »

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When shot, Cash is clearly not wearing a Kevlar vest, yet he later pulls one off. See more »

Quotes

Gabriel Cash: I've got good news and bad news.
Ray Tango: What's the bad news?
Gabriel Cash: We're almost out of gas.
Ray Tango: What's the good news?
Gabriel Cash: We're ALMOST out of gas.
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Let The Day Begin
Performed by The Call
Courtesy of MCA Records
Written by Michael Been
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Although a poor man's Lethal weapon, this is a lot better than you might think
16 March 2000 | by (Lancaster, England) – See all my reviews

Okay, so this isn't the greatest film ever made. In fact, it isn't even remotely the best buddy-buddy flick ever made. But surprisingly enough, this is actually quite a winner, and succeeds far more in being a parody of the Lethal-Weapon style films than say... Loaded Weapon does. This is for several reasons.

Firstly, Stallone is the star of the show here, turning in a self-mocking parody of his own screen persona. He is flash and indestructable, yet the film acknowledges and exploits this to comedic ends. Secondly, Palance is excellent as a sneering and menacing bad guy, plotting the two cops downfall. He deserved more screen time than he actually got, and actually did a good job of being the obligatory stereotypical bad-guy.

However, the best thing of all about this film is the snappy dialogue. There is so much good banter between the two-cops that no matter how bizarre the film's scenario's get, the dialogue rescues it.

The first time I saw this, I enjoyed it and was only really let down by the ending, which feels hollow and unsatisfying in comparison to the first two reels of the film. However, this nagging problem alone, I have no hesitation in recommending this to any fan of the action-genre.

Overall: 6 1/2 out of 10.


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