Tango & Cash

1989

Tango & Cash

Critics Consensus

Brutally violent and punishingly dull, this cookie-cutter buddy cop thriller isn't even fun enough to reach "so bad it's good" status.

31%

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52%
Average Rating: 3/5

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Movie Info

Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell star in this Hollywood buddy actioner about two competitive police officers in Los Angeles. Tango (Stallone) and Cash (Russell) are put on a case to topple Californian drug lord Yves Perret (Jack Palance). Working together reluctantly, as each considers himself to be the best at what he does, the self-involved detectives are framed by Perret and imprisoned. While there, they must work together in order to escape and clear themselves of any wrongdoing. Though there is much rivalry between the two cops, they succeed in escape and again go after the baddie, but this time with a more convincing and concerted effort.

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Cast

Kurt Russell
as Gabe Cash
Jack Palance
as Yves Perret
Brion James
as Courier/Requin
Philip Tan
as Gunman/Chinese Guy
Edward Bunker
as Capt. Holmes
Leslie Morris
as Hendricks
Roy Brocksmith
as Fed. Agent Davis
Susan Krebs
as Prosecutor
Phil Tan
as Gunman/Chinese Guy
Bing Russell
as Van Driver
Alphonse V. Walter
as Station Cop
Elizabeth Sung
as Interpreter
Mark Wood
as Desk Cop
Andre Rosey Brown
as Cash's Cellmate
Savely Kramarov
as Car Owner
Dale Swann
as Captain
Shabba-Doo
as Dancer
David Lea
as Sonny
Christopher Wolf
as State Trooper
Roxanne Kernohan
as Dressing Room Girl
Ed DeFusco
as Federal Agent
Jack Goode Jr.
as Federal Agent
Geoff Vanderstock
as Federal Agent
Larry Humberger
as Federal Agent
Doug Ford
as Prisoner
Tamara Landry
as Girl in Bar
Anna Joyner
as Girl in Bar
Christie Mucciante
as Dressing Room Girl
Lucia Neal
as Dressing Room Girl
Roxanne Kernahan
as Dressing Room Girl
Dori Courtney
as Dressing Room Girl
Fred Trombley
as Detective
Matt Tufo
as Detective
Philip Wyland
as Customer
Paul Lewis
as Customer
Ron Cummins
as Customer
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Critic Reviews for Tango & Cash

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (9)

  • The jokes seem lame and the rivalry fraudulent, as the two boys play with their big guns.

    Jun 11, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The film looks like the sort of queasy fever dream that might be produced by sitting through an entire Orson Welles film festival while eating pepperoni pizzas.

    Jun 11, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Both men think that the best way to deliver the right to remain silent to the usual suspects is via a right hook.

    Jun 11, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Tango and Cash is a waste of talent and energy on all levels: unworthy of Konchalovsky, unworthy also of Stallone, Russell and every superior technical credit on the film.

    Jun 11, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The ostensible humor here is of the macho one-liner variety, and much of it falls flat.

    Jun 11, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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…

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Audience Reviews for Tango & Cash

½

Think Hope & Crosby (on a so-so day) as over-posturing late 1980's L.A. cops. There is no believability to speak of and so forget about that. Put it out of your mind. Just watch these knuckleheads try to out macho the other. Then it's sorta alright.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Late 80's chesse feast. Great fun all around.

Brian De Guelle
Brian De Guelle

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.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Khris N
Khris N

Super Reviewer

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