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Tango & Cash (1989)

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Critic 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.

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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 (42) | Top Critics (9)

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

Full Review… | June 11, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 11, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Both men think that the best way to deliver the right to remain silent to the usual suspects is via a right hook.

Full Review… | June 11, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 11, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The ostensible humor here is of the macho one-liner variety, and much of it falls flat.

Full Review… | June 11, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 6, 2008
Variety
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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

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