Tango & Cash
DIRECTOR: ANDREI KONCHALOVSKY
The paragon of boneheaded, big-budget ’80s buddy action-comedies, getting its jollies by mismatching battle-tested blue-collar LAPD cowboy cop Cash (Russell) with his opposite number, Tango (Sylvester Stallone), a suave Armani-clad dandy working out of Beverly Hills—two sworn professional rivals, thrown together when a dastardly frame-up lands them in the stir. Rather than trying to avoid obvious odd couple clichés, Tango & Cash speeds straight into them, in the process achieving a kind of cretinous purity. Credited prestige director Konchalovsky walked away from the movie’s long, turbulent production, but his defection can scarcely be said to have diminished the idiot bliss of the finished product, in which dream double act Kurt and Sly keep up a brisk, biting back-and-forth badinage, no old cop movie chestnut is neglected, and the explosions are frequent and pleasingly large.