Tango & Cash

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Tango & Cash
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Promotional poster
Directed by Andrei Konchalovsky
Albert Magnoli
Produced by Peter Guber
Jon Peters
Peter MacDonald
Written by Randy Feldman
Starring Sylvester Stallone
Kurt Russell
Jack Palance
Teri Hatcher
Brion James
Music by Harold Faltermeyer
Cinematography Donald E. Thorin
Edited by Hubert C. de la Bouillerie
Robert A. Ferretti
The Guber-Peters Company
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s)
  • December 22, 1989 (1989-12-22)
Running time 104 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $55 million [1]
Box office $63,408,614 (US) [1]

Tango & Cash is a 1989 American buddy cop action comedy film directed by Andrei Konchalovsky, although Albert Magnoli took over in the later stages of filming,[2] and starring Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Jack Palance and Teri Hatcher. The film was released in the United States on December 22, 1989.

The film describes the struggle of two rival LAPD narcotics detectives Ray Tango and Gabriel Cash, who are forced to work together after criminal mastermind, Yves Perret, frames them for murder.


Beverly Hills LAPD Lieutenant Ray Tango and Downtown Los Angeles Lieutenant Gabriel Cash have earned themselves a reputation for disrupting crime lord Yves Perret's smuggling operation in their respective jurisdictions. One day, both of them are informed of a drug deal taking place later that night. Both detectives meet each other for the first time at the location, but discover a dead body that is wire-tapped before the FBI arrive and surround the duo. Agent Wyler finds Cash's backup Walter PPK pistol on the floor with a silencer attached and arrests both Cash and Tango. At their murder trial, Tango and Cash are incriminated by an audio tape, secretly given to Wyler by Perret's henchman Requin and verified in court by an audio expert, which appears to reveal them shooting the undercover FBI agent after discussing a drug purchase. They plead no contest to a lesser charge in exchange for reduced sentences in a minimum-security prison, but are transported to a maximum-security prison to be housed with many of the criminals they arrested in the past.

Once in prison, Tango and Cash are rousted from their bunks and tortured by Requin and a gang of prisoners until Matt Sokowski, the assistant warden and Cash's former commanding officer, rescues them. Sokowski recommends that they escape and provides them with a plan, but Tango refuses to go along with it. When Cash tries to escape, he finds Sokowski murdered and is attacked by prisoners. Tango rescues him and the duo escape. Once outside the prison walls, they proceed to go their separate ways when Tango tells Cash that should he need to contact him, he is to go to the Cleopatra Club and look for Katherine.

The detectives then visit the witnesses who framed them in court. Wyler admits to Tango that Requin was in charge of the setup, and Cash discovers that Skinner, the audio expert, made the incriminating tape himself. Cash finds Katherine, who helps him escape the night club as police move in on him. Later that night, Tango reunites with Cash, who discovers that Katherine is Tango's younger sister. The duo are met at Katherine's house by Tango's commanding officer, Schroeder, who gives them Requin's address and tells them they have 24 hours to find out who Requin works for. Tango and Cash apprehend Requin and trick him into telling them Perret's name. Armed with a high-tech assault vehicle loaned to them by Cash's weapons expert friend Owen, the duo storm into Perret's headquarters to confront the crime lord. At this point, Perret, who has kidnapped Katherine, starts a timer that will trigger the building's automatic self-destruct procedure. After killing Perret's core security personnel, Tango and Cash are confronted by Requin, who is holding Katherine at knifepoint but throws her aside to fight the detectives hand-to-hand with the help of another henchman. The detectives defeat the two henchmen and when Perret appears, holding a gun to Katherine's head, they kill him and leave with Katherine just before the building explodes. Afterward, they joke half-seriously about Cash's desire to date Katherine before they have themselves vindicated the next day.



Warner Bros. hired editor Stuart Baird to re-edit the movie because they were displeased with the rough cut. Baird was also called in by Warner Bros to re-edit another Stallone action movie Demolition Man (1993) for same reasons. Baird and another editor Hubert de La Bouillerie had to constantly re-edit the movie because Warner Bros. kept complaining on cut after cut of it. During the re-editing, some plot parts and even some action scenes were deleted, some of which can be seen in theatrical trailer which was made by using the footage and scenes from one of the earlier cuts of the movie.


The soundtrack was never released, as the songs were already released on the artists' albums.

The film score, which was composed by Harold Faltermeyer, was released for the first time on January 30, 2007 by La-La Land Records (LLLCD 1052) in 3000 Limited Sets.


The film received negative reviews. One bad review came from The New York Times, which criticized the plot, the screenplay, and the acting.[3][4][5] It maintains a 34% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 41 reviews with the 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".

Tango & Cash was also given three 1989 Golden Raspberry Awards nominations for Worst Actor (Sylvester Stallone), Worst Supporting Actress (Kurt Russell in drag) and Worst Screenplay, but did not win.

Box office[edit]

Tango & Cash was a box office and VHS success.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b "Tango & Cash - Box Office Data". The Numbers. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  2. ^ Broeske, Pat H. (1989-11-01). "Movies: Guber-Peters and Warner Bros. court filings put a spotlight on the troubled "Tango and Cash," an action film that is racing the clock to make its Dec. 15 release.". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-10-11. 
  3. ^ "Review/Film; Stallone And Russell As Buddies," Janet Maslin, The New York Times, December 22, 1989
  4. ^ Wilmington, Michael (1989-12-22). "Tango and Cash: A Buddy Film Gone Bad". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-10-11. 
  5. ^ "Delirious `Tango & Cash` Proves To Be Really Weird". Chicago Tribune. 1989-12-22. Retrieved 2010-10-11. 
  6. ^ Hunt, Dennis (1990-07-05). "Tango and Cash' Waltzes to 4th Spot". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-10-11. 
  7. ^ Thompson, Anne (1990-01-11). "Record Year For Films Ends With A Plunge". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2010-10-11. 

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