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Tango & Cash (1989)

If these two were actual cops in real life, the world would be a safer place.

When Ray Tango (Sylvester Stallone) and Gabe Cash (Kurt Russell) are framed and wind up in prison, they’re tortured by the thugs of the drug lord who put them there. But watch out — the partners are sure to escape and exact revenge.

The 80’s was a special time for big-budget, action comedies like this. And for two stars of this genre to be in one movie, is a dream come true for any huge fan of this genre.

For me, I’m not a huge lover on this genre, but I will watch some movies that are like that, just for a good time and to enjoy myself. This film has a lot of that fun to enjoy yourself. The action is comes at you right away, and doesn’t really stop coming. There are loud explosions, guns blasting, people dying, punches, kicks, and this all equals up to you having fun.

However, this script is sosososo dumb. It tries way too hard to be cool, hip, and funny so they just keep on bringing cheesy one-liners to this film. Some one-liners work, others don’t but the fact of the matter is, is that they use too many for the sake of being funny, and by doing that, just make it annoying and less funny.

I did like seeing Stallone and Russell paired together as the opposites-attract, buddy pair. They both play well off each other, and actually make a lot of the bad lines, better cause of their machoness, as well as their comedic timing. They also both play riffs on characters they have played in the past, and that actually works cause who doesn’t like seeing some major film figures make fun of themselves? Exactly. Also, who doesn’t want to watch Jack Palance as the main bad guy, delivering lines so bad, that they would make

Consensus: Tango & Cash tries too hard to be cool, and funny, but fails at doing so, instead is a fun, action comedy, with two of the best action stars playing off each other well. Put this in the “so bad, it’s good” category.



8 responses to “Tango & Cash (1989)

  1. Nostra January 27, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    I remember when this was at the cinema I went twice. It’s a movie I’d probably still would like to watch.

  2. Steven Flores January 28, 2011 at 12:28 am

    I liked this film. As dumb as it is. It’s also fun.

    I remember the line Sly gave about Rambo. “Rambo is a pussy…” (shoots the oil truck as cocaine falls off the hole as he replies “Anybody wanna get high?”

    And how can you not enjoy Teri Hatcher in spandex dancing to Yazoo’s “Don’t Go”?

  3. Rick Tran January 28, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Tango and Cash, Cash and Tango.

    Classic so-bad-it’s-good.

    One of the staple action films of my youth. I must have watched this a hundred times.

  4. Rick January 28, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Thanks Dan for helping me relive a childhood classic! For some reason the character ‘Face’ always stood out to me and this quote: “this pig and his cop friends, broke my ribs, my leg and my jaw. ”

    And quite a jaw he did have, ha.

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