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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Meep Pic Of The Week: Tango & Cash (1989)

Tango & Cash
a Warner Brothers release
Original theatrical release date: December 22nd, 1989 (the perfect Christmas treat)

DVD Release: Yes

Tango & Cash is one manly movie. You'll find wall to wall action, one-liners & quips galore, monster trucks, a plethora of weapons of varying caliber, much talk of FUBAR, the tinny synth scoring genius of Harold Faltermeyer, prison torture, pimped out RVs and Teri Hatcher doing her best Flashdance. What you'll also get is one of the most surprising love stories between two men since Spartacus.

1989 was the year Stallone found himself in the slammer twice (Lock-Up was released 4 months prior) he had been recently himself divorced from Brigitte Nielsen (there's a line in T&C that digs into that fact when Sly expresses how much he doesn't like danish) and perhaps he was ready for something new... Kurt Russell has been in a long lasting relationship with Goldie Hawn, though the two never did marry. The star of The Thing & Big Trouble In Little China (both box office disappointments) found himself at the end of the 80's needing a macho movie hit. Overboard's cuddly family-friendly popularity just wasn't cutting it. Perhaps some of Stallone's Rambo heat would rub off.

The pairing of the two is Action movie perfection. Tango & Cash is a great summation of 80's action. The genre had come a long way in that decade, and by 1989 it was at it's most adroit.

Sample Dialogue:

Ray Tango: When this is over, we have to pay Jabba the Hutt here a visit.
Gabriel Cash: I'll bring the chainsaw.
Ray Tango: I'll bring the beer.


5 comments:

Mike Lippert said...

You know I remember when I first watched this and all that mattered to me was shoot-outs, explosions and shoot-outs so I therefore loved this movie. I don't know how it would hold up for me today. Your review is one of the few positivies amidst a sea of negatives. Maybe I'll need to watch it again soon. Good review.

Rob said...

I've always avoided it just for the presence of Stallone, but now I might have to watch it. Kurt Russell is a god....

LitaMalibu said...

Dammit Meep, my eyes are burning from the screen cap. That's THE LAST thing I ever wanted to see, especially at work! Blehgsghgfgg!

Cinema Du Meep said...

I tried by best to make it more contrasty and shadowy.... The beaming from the light of their behinds was just too powerful... It draws you in, never letting you go...

morpheus said...

Tango & Cash is masterpiece of Americana is perhaps the Greatest film ever made. The amalgamation of Sylvester Stallone's sheer magnetism, and Kurt Russell's commanding stage presence, has yielded a sonnet the likes of which all Films aspire to be. Stallone portrays "Raymond 'Ray' Tango" a highly decorated narcotics detective from Beverly Hills, who penchant for the stock market, has granted him not only the finer things in life but also a means to express his sophisticated nature and aspirations of financial independence.

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