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Tango & Cash (1989)


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Sylvester Stallone tries his luck with his first cop buddy movie in Tango and Cash, directed by Andrei Konchalovsky. Stallone is Ray Tango, a Los Angeles narcotics cop who dresses in fancy suits, wears wire-rim glasses, and talks to his stockbroker more than he talks to his mother. Kurt Russell is Gabriel Cash, another Los Angeles narcotics cop who has long, disheveled blonde hair and dresses in worn-out sweatshirts. Together, Tango and Cash are the two best narcs in LA, which causes drug baron


Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy


Randy Feldman

Sep 30, 1997

Warner Bros. Pictures

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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (20) | DVD (7)

A mindless buddy cop pic, loaded with nonstop action that's played mostly for laughs and delivers too few of them.

May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (2)
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What makes this shoot-'em-up nonsense surprisingly watchable is Randy Feldman's rapid-fire dialogue, which constantly undercuts the macho posturings while parodying Stallone's screen image.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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For all practical purposes, there is no plot.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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More like My Beautiful Laundrette in the closet than it is a bad ripoff of Lethal Weapon.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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A bizarrely appealing movie, Tango & Cash is the essence of camp: it's bad and knows it's bad, so therefore, it's...good? [Blu-ray]

May 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Comments (2)
Groucho Reviews

A very smart 'dumb' movie.

May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Stallone and Russell play well off each other, and with Palance lurking in the background, this buddy-breakout never loses its way.

May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Full of stupid A-Team-style action. A forerunner of today's braindead action films.

October 6, 2005
Fantastica Daily

An awful, smug, monster truck of a movie.

September 16, 2005
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

A fun, frantic two-hander

May 12, 2005

A much tighter and harder-hitting action flick than you might expect.

August 20, 2004
New Times

Think 'Lethal Weapon' in the closet . . .

May 31, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Gurus

Is schlock spelled with an 'S-C-H' or a simple 'S-H'?

October 6, 2003
Hollywood Bitchslap

A boisterous and banal buddy-buddy formula that arbitrarily pairs Stallone and Russell in tiresome banter

May 27, 2003
Movie Eye

Stupid but agreeable buddy-cop movie, thanks to the chemistry between Russell and Stallone.

March 19, 2003

Tango and Cash is a pale imitation of Lethal Weapon, but it works well enough to be entertaining.

March 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Worth it for Jack Palance's over-the-top villainy.

February 12, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Another clunker from Stallone's assembly line

December 19, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

Dreck and more dreck. A waste of celluloid. Almost makes one appreciate Judge Dredd.

November 3, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Stallone has just enough moxie to make this watchable. Russell isn't so bad, either.

August 2, 2002
Arizona Daily Star

Movies like this are annoying because they seem to be saying that the audience is made up of morons.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Tango & Cash

A typical cop/action film from the late 80's although Sylvester Stallone tones it down a bit by wearing a suit and a pair of glasses. Likable as much as it's forgettable. Personally I always preferred Another 48 hours but there isn't much in it. It's very dated now.
August 8, 2012

Super Reviewer

Late 80's chesse feast. Great fun all around.
May 25, 2010

Super Reviewer

It's a completely outrageous buddy cop movie that throws its characters in the oddest places. It goes from a chaotic, futuristic prison to a monster truck derby. What makes it fun is Kurt Russel and Sly Stone being a hilarious team. You have to enjoy all the corny jokes and cliches because it's all in good fun. This is just a fun movie, it makes fun of itself constantly and lets you enjoy its kooky nature. It's the definition of an 80s movie and completely harmless.
May 16, 2010

Super Reviewer

One of the special action movies of the 90's, this one is special because it reignited the buddy cop movies and had a rapid fire script with plenty of gags.... not to mention Stallone and Russell pulling it off as slick as racing flats on a wet track.

Though I will say a lot of the action was recycled from my NO.1 Movie, J.C.'s Police Story, it was entertaining nonetheless, especially Kurt who I think stole the show with his wild boy antics and the drag scene. XD

Anyways, Tango and Cash, two polar opposites in character, 100% identical cops, LA's Finest, gets set up by a group of drug dealers who've had enough of their successes. Copping an early plea of guilt to avoid the maximum sentence, both blue light specials find themselves in Hell, and as we all know, cops in prison is like being a snowball in Hawaii.... no chance. But of course, its Sly and Kurt here, two prime beefsteaks of the Golden Age of Action, and yeah ladies, you do get to see a lot of their backsides and such, so the movie is friendly for women. XD

But the boys get a young Teri Hatcher, and boy was she the bomb back in her day. Well, now she's supposed to be a milf, but guys like to dream right? XD

So, not much in direction, it did move around like a door missing a few hinges, but the script and the action was in your face and enjoyable. Even the courtroom scene was prime, Kurt surprisingly saying "eloquent" and everyone looks at him thinking "He knows how to say eloquent?".... then a few minutes later screaming out "THIS IS FUCKED UP" and getting all the cheers from the cops. The we have a modified RV assault vehicle, , monster trucks and things that go booom with spectacular results.

Well.... why not? there's plenty of other ways to waste time, but this is one of the best.
November 7, 2009
Khris N

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Movies Like Tango & Cash

    1. Ray Tango: Rambo is a pussy.
    – Submitted by Dann M (19 months ago)
    1. Ray Tango: When this is over, we have to pay Jabba the Hutt here a visit.
    2. Gabe Cash: I'll bring the chainsaw.
    3. Ray Tango: I'll bring the beer.
    – Submitted by Nick S (19 months ago)
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