Tango & Cash is a terrific,Action packed and hilarious Buddy Cop/Action-Comedy that is filled with great direction,wonderful performances from Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell,fantastic Action,laugh out loud Humor and a memorable score making Tango & Cash an entertaining Action film from the late 1980s and 90s and is Stallone and Russell at their best.
Set in Los Angeles,California,Tango & Cash tells the story of LT. Ray Tango(Sylvester Stallone)and LT Gabriel Cash(Kurt Russell),two L.A.P.D cops who are considered two of the best L.A.P.D cops in L.A making many drug busts and capturing criminals which angers crime lord Yves Perret(Jack Palance)who frames Tango and Cash for the murder of a fellow cop. Now,Tango and Cash have to team up together and clear their names with thrilling and funny results.
By the late 1980s and early 1990s,Action-Comedies and Buddy Cop Movies were becoming popular sub genres with Action fans thanks to the Box Office successes of Action classics such as 48 Hrs(1982,The film that started it all),Beverly Hills Cop(1984)and Lethal Weapon 1(1987)and 2(1989)and then after the releases of those films came Tango & Cash in 1989,an entertaining,Action packed and hilarious Action-Comedy that was the only film where Sylvester Stallone(Rambo series)and Kurt Russell(Escape From New York)teamed up and while Tango & Cash doesn't match the greatness of the other films I mentioned above it's a solid and underrated Buddy Cop/Action-Comedy and one of the better Action films of the late 80s and early 90s. For 104 minutes,Tango & Cash is a wonderful movie that while not very groundbreaking or revolutionary gives viewers an Action film that keeps you glued to the screen with solid entertainment and a good time with Action,thrills and laughter and is one of those films when you're watching television and they're is nothing on you watch Tango & Cash,a movie that is not a bad way to kill time. One of the things that I like about Tango & Cash is that it's an Action film that defines an era of Action films in 1980s and early 90s with elements like a the buddy cop duo,an over the top villain,big Action gunfights and explosions embellishing every Action trademark in the book and never taking itself seriously. The Action scenes in T&C are amazing and explosive with each Action scene being loud and fast never slowing down or taking a break with non-stop intensity and wild energy that Action movies of the 1980s and 90s were known for and you can tell that every cent went into making every Action sequence work. The Comedy and laughs in the film are fantastic whether it's the back and forth banter between Tango and Cash or the interactions they have with other characters and some of the dialog and situations that happen in the movie are so over the top and silly that will make you laugh until you have tears rolling down your eyes. Tango & Cash combines Action and Comedy with great perfection and The characters Tango and Cash are a great duo that you will love and are very much in the wonderful tradition of Lethal Weapon's Riggs and Murtaugh and 48 Hrs' Jack Cates and Reggie Hammond the two don't have much in common in terms of personalities and styles(Tango dresses in suits like a banker where as Cash is more rugged dressing in t-shirt and jeans)but as the film goes on the two begin to like each other and start to work together. The scenes Tango and Cash have together are hilarious and fun with both characters spouting off great one-liners and dialog that is sarcastic and memorable. Tango and Cash are one of the reasons if not the main reason the movie works. The ending of Tango & Cash is amazing and filled with great Action and explosive thrills and will make you smile and cheer at the screen. A brilliant conclusion.
The whole cast is great. Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell are excellent,hilarious ans at their best as Tango and Cash,with Stallone and Russell having great chemistry and wonderful scenes together. Teri Hatcher is wonderful and sexy as Katherine 'Kiki' Tango,a dancer and Tango's sister. Jack Palance is terrific and memorable as Yves Perret,a crime lord that doesn't like Tango and Cash. Brion James is outstanding as Reguin,Perret's right hand man. James Hong and Marc Alaimo are great as Quan and Lopez,associates of Perret. Geoffrey Lewis is fantastic as Captain Schroeder,Tango's commanding officer. Michael J. Pollard is funny and memorable as Owen,a friend of Tango's. Robert D'Zar is menacing as Face,a criminal Tango busted. Lewis Arquette(Wyler),Eddie Bunker(Captain Holmes),Clint Howard(Slinky),Roy Brocksmith(Fed. Agent Davis)and Phillip Tan(Chinese Gunman)give good performances as well.
The direction by Andrey Konchalovskiy and Albert Magnoli is fantastic and stylish,with Konchalovskiy and Magnoli keeping the film going at a great pace while doing wonderful jobs with the Action scenes. Fine direction,Konchalovskiy and Magnoli.
The score by Harold Faltermeyer is great,intense and memorable matching the energy and pace of the movie. Fine score,Faltermeyer There is also a song during the end credits by Bad English(Best Of What I got)Great song.
In final word,if you love Action-Comedies,Buddy Cop Movies,Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell,I highly suggest you see Tango & Cash,a terrific,entertaining,Action-packed and hilarious Buddy Cop/Action-Comedy that is Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell at their best. Highly Recommended. 9.5/10.
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