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Tough Guys (1986)

PG | | Comedy | 3 October 1986 (USA)
Two elderly gangsters are released from prison only to find they have trouble fitting in as old men who still take no guff from anyone.



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Harry and Archie are released from prison ready to collect their Social Security. How could they get into trouble at their age? Let's count the ways; A parole officer who is a famous criminal groupie, Dead end where people don't know they are dealing with dangerous, though older, criminals, a hit man who can barely see, but who still has an outstanding contract on them. Does anyone still rob trains? Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Release Date:

3 October 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Archie und Harry - Sie können's nicht lassen  »

Box Office


$21,458,229 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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When Archie flags the train, it stops with the engine's drive rods near their highest point on the wheels. But when the train starts to move again, the rods are down close to the ground. See more »


[first lines]
Archie Long: I'm tellin' ya, Harry...
Harry Doyle: I know, I know. We could have got away with it.
Archie Long: Did I say that before?
Harry Doyle: Every day for thirty years.
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Featured in Century of Black Cinema (2003) See more »


They Don't Make Them Like They Used To
Music by Burt Bacharach
Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
Performed by Kenny Rogers
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Two screen icons in their last good role
10 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Of course Kirk Douglas did quite a few more films after this but he didn't do em with this kind of fun in mind.

Two former train robbers get parole after 30 years. Now they have to decide what to do when they get out. They're 65 and 72 years old and don't have a lot of skills. On top of that they don't fit in the 80's way of life. Their parole officer tells them they cant see each other for 3 years as per condition of their parole. They both have a heckuva time adjusting to this new existence and finally decide to go back to their old way of life.

This is one of those 80's gems that I never forgot. Two great actors in their last good film doing what they do best... Acting tough and being guys....Tough Guys. Burt Lancaster is the straight man and Kirk Douglas has all the good lines. Keep a watch out for Eli Wallach...he steals almost the entire film with the small role he has. Yes you will see a very young Dana Carvey pre SNL.

Grab this 80's flick and have a laugh cause I'll bet it won't be too hard to do.

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