Tango & Cash 1989

Tango & Cash

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

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Police officers Ray Tango (Sylvester Stallone) and Gabe Cash (Kurt Russell) are narcotics experts working to bring down drug lord Yves Perret (Jack Palance). In an attempt to stymie their efforts, Perret sets up Tango and Cash, making it look as if they've killed an FBI agent. Arrested and put in prison, the two cops formulate an escape plan and, once out, team up with Tango's exotic dancer sister, Katherine (Teri Hatcher), in order to clear their records and take down Perret once and for all.

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Critic Reviews for Tango & Cash

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (33)

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

    June 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.

    June 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.

    June 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.

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

    June 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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  • May 22, 2016
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 06, 2015
    Your typical 80's Stallone action flick it's full of action, Cheesy lines and the slow motion run away from an exploding buildings, The story about 2 cops who get framed team together and clear their names, It's fun, Loud has some ok humour even though it can be abit of a drag at times but this is the kind of film Stallone will be rememberd for, If you're an action junkie sit back and enjoy.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 12, 2012
    Tango & Cash is a typical '80s action film that's quite entertaining, but relies too much on cliches. Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Jack Palance, and Teri Hatcher make for a solid cast, and deliver fun performances that work for this style of film. The story follows two L.A. cops that get framed by a drug lord for a crime that they didn't commit, and have to break out of prison in order clear their names. The action is shot pretty well, and thereâ(TM)s a lot of humor written into the film. However, the plot's rather ridiculous and isn't executed that well. While there's plenty of fun to be had with Tango & Cash, it's little more than a stereotypical buddy cop film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2011
    In no possible way is this a good movie, more campy than anything else, but it sure is a fun combination of two of the biggest action stars from the 80s and 90s working together to take down a crime syndicate. The film is a brainless action romp that strives to be nothing more than a simple action film and does exactly that. I've seen just about everything Stallone has done and while it ranges from great and legendary films it goes down to fare like this, but in the end I just like the guy regardless. If you're looking for a rainy day action film to pass the time then give it a go.
    Chris B Super Reviewer

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