Tough Guys (1986)
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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
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Critic Reviews for Tough Guys
A slight and breezy curtain call for one of Hollywood's best duos.
A highly entertaining buddy comedy with two legendary stars in top form.
A flimsy film, but the two old pros make it worth catching.
A humourous and also fitting encore for screen's legendary duo
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and Douglas team up again, for the last time, in this highly amusing comedy about a couple of old boy cons released and out of date in the modern world (1986).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.
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