Tough Guys Reviews
life sucks who imagined those legendary stars that we saw them doing unforgettable heroes roles 30 and 40 years back to see them look that old
but nobody can deny the charisma that they have as duo
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.
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.