Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Tango & Cash (1989)

Director: Andrei Konchalovsky
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Teri Hatcher, Jack Palance
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 98 min.
Score: 5 out of 10

Tango & Cash can best be described as Lethal Weapon-Lite. Sure, its your usual "buddy-cop" movie with your usual good-cop, bad-cop pairing, but throughout the film it is obvious that there is something missing... a good script, perhaps?

Sylvester Stallone takes on the roll of good-cop Ray Tango; the impeccably dressed and meticulously groomed investment banker cop who is just out for some good old-fashioned American action. Kurt Russell plays the role of the bad-cop Gabriel Cash; long haired, trash talking and sloppily dressed. Unlike Mel Gibson's Martin Riggs in Lethal Weapon two years earlier and it's first sequal the same year, that is about as "bad" as Cash gets. JackPalance delivers yet another deviously over the top performance as the crime kingpin who is out to get Tango and Cash by framing them for murder and getting them thrown in prison so that they are out of the way when the big delivery goes down. Rounding out the cast is a still yummy and pre-plastic surgery Teri Hatcher who really just serves as a plot device to heighten the final action set piece.

Overall the movie is watchable and even enjoyable if you are into 80's American action movies, with plenty of blood, boobs and explosions to keep most men's attention and there are more one-liners in this film than in all of Schwarzenegger's films combined. I won't lie, I saw it in the theater when it was originally released and have seen it more than a half dozen times. I own it on DVD and will probably eventually own it on Blu-Ray. It works as one of those movies that you put on when you're in the mood for an action movie, but don't plan on paying a whole lot of attention to it while its on.

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