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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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Friends for years. Legends for life. Tough guys forever. See more »




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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Doyle L. McCormack, who played the train engineer, is the real-life engineer and chief mechanical officer of the SP #4449. 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 Century of Black Cinema (2003) See more »


Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Words by Bob Russell
Music by Duke Ellington (as Edward Kennedy Ellington)
Performed by Bing Crosby
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Nostalgia rules okay?
6 July 2001 | by (Plymouth) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favourite films. I've watched it many times and what's more my grand-daughters enjoy it too, and they don't even know the two stars like I do.

It's funny, with a good pacey script. It has something to make you think about - getting older, not fitting in and being a geriatric rebel. It's got action, a bank robbery , a fist fight with some great dialogue. It's got comedy (see Kirk trying on "hot" clothes taking advice from a CCTV shop assistant) and also it has some touching scenes of Burt in the old people's home, where he's forced to live.

The supporting cast has class - Eli Wallach, Dana Carvey, Charles Durning and Alexis Smith. And to top it all there's a terrific train chase finale. Besides which Burt and Kirk were made for this film. It brought back a lot of good memories for me and I can thoroughly recommend it. Enjoy, as they say....

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