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Tough Guys Reviews

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Phil H

Super Reviewer

November 6, 2011
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and Douglas team up again, for the last time, in this highly amusing comedy about a couple of old boy cons released and out of date in the modern world (1986).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.
Jason R

Super Reviewer

October 6, 2011
Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, and Dana Carvey. Need I say more?!
Anthony V

Super Reviewer

March 22, 2008
A low point in the careers of both Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas.
June 16, 2014
I probably enjoyed this more than I should have. It solely works because of the personalities of Douglas and Lancaster. Pretty funny despite the tired old age gags. And soooooooooo 80's, my god. Eli Wallach is surprising anemic and Dana Carvey is either miscast or the character was just a bad idea.
April 14, 2008
One of those movies that producers dream up that features two aging fossils (i.e. actors) and that's the movie's only drawing point. I don't care how old and respected these guys are they have to have good material or the movie is going to reek like a baby diaper.
October 27, 2007
If you love Douglas, Lancaster and old fashioned movie train robberies, you are going to love this movie. It is sort of a spoof of a serious film these two actors might have made together in the 40's.
It's a lot of fun.
November 10, 2006
To be tough you gotta make it through everyday without complaining. And who can go wthout a single complaint. That is like somebody on high Authority just leaving his job cause he does not like the way it runs anymore. You can't do that. Life does not work like that.
Absolutly hilarious. Written specifically for Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas. Great fun. Billy Barty is a hoot.
July 29, 2013
Two old bank robbers are paroled after years of being in jail, and find it easier if they just had stayed in jail. terrific pairing of hollywood legends Lancaster and Douglas finding out that society is not all that kind to old people and the troubles they have adapting to 80's society. Fun, good story leads to big finale on hijacked train that the guys tried to steal in the first place which got them into prison in the first place. Eli Wallach is funny as the hitman who never got the job done after 30 years.Your never too old to have a good laugh, and this one is a hoot.
Sarfaraz Abbasi
May 10, 2013
Tough Guys directed by Jeff Kanew. Starring Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Eli Wallach, Charles Durning, Dana Carvey and Darlanne Fluegel.

Harry (Lancaster) and Archie (Douglas) are former olde train-robbers from 1956, imprisoned for 30 years, now out as old pals and rehabilitated to adopt more of social life and this social trend is kept on watch by probation officer as well. They suffer mistreatment from young generation of mid 80s, and it turns out that their former hang-out club has turned to be gay-club. They could hardly fit in the job they are thrust upon. Hence, they want to hit for the last time to rob a train and move to Mexico - the one they robbed 30-years ago.

Tough Guys, sheds light in comedic way upon the treatment suffered by elderly ex-cons, and how some hurdles keep them away from rehabilitating. Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster cannot be funnier than this, with Eli Wallach playing one of good minor-comedy roles (who was contracted in 1956 to kill the duo - and is still persuading to complete the contract). Good movie to spend a quality time with few guffaws.
Jason R

Super Reviewer

October 6, 2011
Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, and Dana Carvey. Need I say more?!
May 4, 2011
Nostalgic and enjoyable movie. Fairly underrated in my opinion.
Oliver J.
April 28, 2011
Tough Guys isn't a classic but it's a lot better than some of the new releases that we call comedy nowadays.
Harry Doyle (played by Burt Lancaster) and Archie Long (played by Kirk Douglas) are conmen and thieves, the film starts when they are let out of jail after a 30 year stretch for hijacking a train, the Gold Coast Flyer. They are not used to the 1980s as things have changed, including style, music, technology and respect to the elderly. The comic pair don't settle into their new quiet lives and with police on their tail they decide to hit the con scene once more and have a second attempt at stealing the Gold Coast Flyer.
This movie must have been a hit in the 1980s but with new humour developing in movies nowadays it's lost some of it's original magic. Lancaster and Douglas are a classic comedy duo and they hold the movie together. The action isn't super but it serves it's purpose in holding the storyline together whilst not completely boring the audience.
This movie has promise and it isn't awful.
March 24, 2007
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This started off with mild promise; a hint of nostalgia, New Orlenas jazz and a solid storyline about two ex cons that had served 30 years in prison and were about to embark on their lives as free men...the problem was, about ten minutes into the movie it turned into a horrendously obvious, cheese fest of eighties mish mash. Terribly boring, stereotypical and just plain lame. It's a shame as thr potential was there, particularly with two greats of the silver screen, Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas but alas the script failed miserably and the director must have been on crack. Avoid like the plague.
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