Ray Tango is a by-the-book cop and part-time stock trader. Gabe Cash is a brash, no-nonsense renegade who uses inventive, often dangerous, means to bring lawbreakers to justice. When both men turn up to bust a drug deal and find the dealer already dead, they're framed for murder. It is revealed that these are the machinations of crime lord Yves Perret trying to get them both off the streets as they're the biggest obstacle to his criminal empire. Convicted and sent to the wrong prison (maximum security instead of minimum), they even find themselves in general population with the very bad guys they put away. They are set upon and tortured nearly to death before the warden shows up to save them at the last minute. Cash's lawyer assures them he can get them off, but Tango is less than optimistic and decides to break out himself. Cash has a change of heart, certainly for the better as they find his lawyer dead during their escape attempt. Tango and Cash escape prison, killing Face's gigantic chin in the process. After their prison escape, Tango and Cash take refuge in a safe house owned by Katherine Tango, a stripper who Ray has chatted with before and who has an ambiguous relationship with Raymond. The audience is treated/subjected to Gabriel Cash in drag riding off with her, as a clumsy security guard begs for a threesome, which is naturally rejected. After he storms in on her and Cash in a seemingly precarious predicament (it's really not as dirty as it seems), it's revealed that she's Tango's sister, thus leading Cash to seek Tango's approval to date her. Both men go after Requin, a henchman of Perret's, to find out where the big man is. After playing a game of "bad cop/worse cop" with him and a grenade that turns out to be a dud, they know where to go: a junkyard. The two rogue cops go to the inventive midget who has supplied Cash with gadgets that he's been using. He gives them a hummer with mini-gun attachments and an uplink to him, which they use to storm Perret's headquarters. A series of explosions results as the two cops assault the headquarters. Perret's henchmen are quickly dispatched as the man himself holds Tango's sister captive in a room of mirrors, seemingly unable to take a shot without endangering an innocent life. But both cops take the shot, both of them hitting him. The two men reveal they both recognized the real Perret through different means, finally coming to terms with one another. They finally high-five at the climax of the film.