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Tough Guys (1986)

Tough Guys (1986)

Tough Guys




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An upbeat Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster star in this sometimes slow but humorous drama as Archie Long and Harry Doyle, two ex-cons and erstwhile train robbers. They are released after 30 years in prison and cannot cope with the new world around them. Archie is fired from his job in a yoghurt shop where he wonders how a business can sell bacteria to little kids. Harry is lambasted at the old-age home for not eating his lunch and making love to a woman. The two men give up on going straight but when they look for old accomplices they find infirmities like bad sight and bad hearing nix them for any "jobs." So the intrepid duo stick up an armored car and then head to the train that they robbed 30 years ago. It is making its final run and offers a chance to try yet another, last heist. This is a movie that should cheer the hearts of anyone who thinks old age means giving up on life.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: James Orr, James Cruikshank
In Theaters:
Touchstone Pictures


Kirk Douglas
as Harry Doyle
Burt Lancaster
as Archie Long
Charles Durning
as Deke Yablonski
Dana Carvey
as Richie Evans
Darlanne Fluegel
as Skye Foster
Eli Wallach
as Leon B. Little
Monty Ash
as Vince
Simmy Bow
as Schultz
Darlene Conley
as Gladys Ripps
Steven Greenstein
as Bartender at Virgina...
Nathan Davis
as Jimmy Ellis
Michael Kelly
as Ambulance Attendant ...
Matthew Faison
as Man in Gay Bar
Hillel Slovak
as Red Hot Chili Pepper
Corkey Ford
as Gang Leader
Rick Garcia
as Federale Captain
Graham Jarvis
as Richie's Boss
Doyle L. McCormack
as Train Engineer
Jeanne Mori
as Female Officer
Scott Nemes
as Yogurt Boy
Ernie Sabella
as Hotel Clerk
Darryl Shelly
as Gang Member
Kenny Ransom
as Gang Member
Joe Seely
as Gang Member
Darryl Shelley
as Gang Member No. 2
Eleanor Zee
as Restaurant Hostess
Ron Ryan
as Prison Guard
Larry Mintz
as Bank Robber
Dick Hancock
as Bank Robber
John Demy
as Policeman in Park
Michael Francis Kell...
as Ambulance Attendant
Jeffrey Lynn Johnson
as Ambulance Attendant
Grant Aleksander
as Bartender at Mickey'...
Phil Culotta
as Slam Dancer
Donald Thompson
as Boy Scout
Lisa Pescia
as Customer
Jeff Levine
as Customer
Seth Kaufman
as Customer
Michele Marsh
as Newscaster
Scanlon Gail
as Sym's Assistant
James Clark
as Brakeman
Thomas F. Maguire
as Armored Truck Driver
James Deeth
as Helicopter Pilot
Denver Matteson
as Border Patrol Captai...
as Red Hot Chili Pepper...
Anthony Kiedis
as Red Hot Chili Pepper
Cliff Martinez
as Red Hot Chili Pepper
Harry Hauss
as Helicopter Pilot
Denver Mattson
as Border Patrol Captai...
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Critic Reviews for Tough Guys

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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Tough Guys


Legendary duo Lancaster and Douglas team up again, for the last time, in this highly amusing comedy about a couple of old boy cons released and out of date in the modern world (1986). Its now of course even more amusing as 86 was along long time ago and the film has dated somewhat haha, this doesn't detract from the fun as the two leads are really magic together and play off each other perfectly, they almost look like brothers in their natty 50's suits.

The plot is pretty thin on the ground lets be frank here but the entire film is held together merely by the fantastic pairing of the two aging stars, the comedy is fair but the tough hood persona is so right for the duo. The film never gets dull for a moment as we see the guys try to live in their new world, Douglas has more of the laughs in his jobs where as Lancaster has more of the emotional side in his retirement home.

Along for this ride is Eli Wallach but to be honest his role isn't really needed and seems a bit too strong for this light hearted comedy, where as Charles Durning is perfect for his usual type role of a policeman on the case, stoic springs to mind.

Some great sequences, mainly the finale with the train heist which looks great, ending is a little flat and abrupt but I can't fault this top comedy, its surprising how good the duo were at comedy like this, you wouldn't think it really. Very much along the lines of 'My Fellow Americans' which is another good old boy classic.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, and Dana Carvey. Need I say more?!

Jason Reneau
Jason Reneau

Super Reviewer

A low point in the careers of both Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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