Tough Guys (1986)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  3 October 1986 (USA)
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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 <>

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3 October 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Archie und Harry - Sie k├Ânnen's nicht lassen  »

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Last of the films that Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster made together starting with Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957). See more »


When Archie straddles the car over the train tracks in order to stop the train, he panics because it looks like the train is not going to stop in time. The train stops just as the trains bumper nudges the car bumper. However, When Richie starts to drive the train away, the train has to travel some distance before it actually makes contact with the car it was previously already touching. 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 Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 11 October 1986 (1986) See more »


Words and Music by Hilary Shepard (as Hillary Shepard), Louise Goffin and Dennis Herring
Performed by The American Girls
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Great fun from two legends!
13 September 2004 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Kirk Douglas. Burt Lancaster. 'Nuff said! As two train robbers, released from prison after a 30 year stretch, this dynamic duo try to adjust to life in the '80's and all the changes that have taken place. Douglas looks great for a man in his 60's and eventually attracts the eye of a young aerobics instructor. Their scenes together are both funny and sincere, as the differences between them eventually dictate the direction of their relationship. Kirk is also forced to work in menial jobs that involve him dealing with rude customers and a boss who doesn't like ex-cons. These scenes provide the film's best humor. Lancaster's role however is far less interested, as he is relegated to an old-folks home, wherein he becomes somewhat of a revolutionary. Realizing that they just don't fit in with society anymore, the two return to train robbing and the film moves downhill from this point. Eli Wallach contributes some funny scenes as a near-sighted hit-man who has waited 30 years to fulfill a contract to kill the duo. Despite the thin script, this is a very enjoyable film that may best be viewed with a senior citizen family member who can both identify with the characters and who remembers Lancaster and Douglas when they were A-List actors. I recommend it.

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