Tango & Cash (1989)


“[Tango has just stuck a grenade down a bad guy’s pants] My contribution to birth control.” – Ray Tango

Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (Cable in the 90’s, video, 5 Apr 2011 and 17 Oct 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Two of LA finest detectives are framed by a mob boss and sent to prison where they must find a way to escape and prove their innocence.

My Take on it – Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell are both great action heroes of the 80’s and putting them together for a film like this works so well because they mesh so well together.

The two of them are able to work off one another due to their cockiness and action presence and they have such great onscreen chemistry together.

The way that the film is split relatively evenly between the two of them also helps because it doesn’t feel as if one is monopolizing more screen time since both the action and comedic quips are shared by both almost equally.

The plot of the film has much to wish for, but that’s par for the course for such a film like this.

The action in the film works quite well and they manage to give us some clever and fun scenarios.

The best of them is the grenade scene which works on both levels, comedic and action because its fun and we get to see an ingenious tactic at play.

Bottom Line – This film works largely due to the great onscreen chemistry between Stallone and Russell. They both are great in these kind of movies and it doesn’t seem as if either is monopolizing the action or comedic parts of the story. The plot is a bit thin, but that’s expected from a film like this. Th action is great and they have some really clever scenes, most notably the grenade scene which works as both lots of fun and a great tactic for subduing your enemy.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Brion James was originally hired to play Requin, it was a very small role with only two lines. In an effort to give the character something that would make him stand out, James decided to speak in a horrible “cockney” accent. Sylvester Stallone loved it, and re-wrote the script to give Requin a much bigger role. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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