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Tango & Cash is a 1989 buddy cop action comedy film starring Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell in the title roles. Stallone and Russell play Lieutenants Raymond Tango and Gabriel Cash respectively, two LAPD police detectives who maintain a rivalry, but are forced to put their differences aside and learn to work together after they are framed for murder and throw in prison. The supporting cast includes Teri Hatcher, Jack Palace, Brion James, James Hong and Edward Bunker.

The film is notable for it's notorious behind-the-scenes difficulty, which saw several different directors taking over the project. Original director Andrei Konchalovsky is the one officially credited in the finished film, but a large portion of the film was actually directed by Albert Mangoli. Both second unit director Peter MacDonald and editor Stuart Baird stepped in to helm additional sequences.

The film was shot by Donald E. Thorin, scored by Harold Faltmeyer and distributed by Warner Bros.


  • Kurt Russell as Lieutenant Gabriel "Gabe" Cash; a Downtown Los Angeles LAPD lieutenant.
  • Teri Hatcher as Katherine "Kiki" Tango; Ray's younger sister, a dancer who Cash is attracted to.
  • Jack Palance as Yves Perret; the biggest drug kingpin in Los Angeles.
  • Brion James as Requin, AKA "Ponytail"; a Cockney thug working for Perret who has several run-ins with Tango and Cash.
  • James Hong as Quan; one of Perret's concerned business partners.
  • Marc Alaimo as Lopez; another of Perret's business partners.
  • Edward Bunker as Captain Holmes; Tango's commanding officer in Beverely Hills.
  • Geoffrey Lewis as Captain Schroeder; Cash's commanding officer in Downtown L.A.
  • Michael J. Pollard as Owen; a nerdy weapons expert and friend of Cash. He supplies the two heroes with weapons before their final confrontation with Perret.
  • Robert Z'Dar as Face; AKA "The Jaw"; a brute Tango put in prison and later tries to kill both Tango and Cash when they become guests at the same penitentiary.
  • Philip Tan as the Chinese Gunman hired to assassinate Cash.
  • Clint Howard as Slinky; Tango's cellmate.
  • Andre Rosey Brown as Cash's cellmate.

Addtionally, Lewis Arquette and Roy Brocksmith portray Federal Agents Wyler and Davis respectively; Richard Fancy appears as Tango and Cash's lawyer Nolan; Michael Jetter plays the corrupt audio expert Skinner; David Byrd appears as Judge McCormick and Susan Krebs appears as the prosecutor during Tango and Cash's trial; John Walter Davis plays the minor role of the cop referred to as "Slobber"; Kurt Russell's son Bing Russell cameos as a van driver, and Benny Urquidez and Billy Blanks have uncredited roles as thugs.