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Tough Guys (1986)

PG | | Comedy, Crime | 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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Jeff Kanew
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Lancaster ... Harry Doyle
Kirk Douglas ... Archie Long
Charles Durning ... Deke Yablonski
Alexis Smith ... Belle
Dana Carvey ... Richie Evans
Darlanne Fluegel ... Skye
Eli Wallach ... Leon B. Little
Monty Ash Monty Ash ... Vince
Billy Barty ... Philly
Simmy Bow Simmy Bow ... Schultz
Darlene Conley ... Gladys Ripps
Nathan Davis ... Jimmy Ellis
Matthew Faison Matthew Faison ... Man in Gay Bar
Corkey Ford Corkey Ford ... Gang Leader
Rick Garcia Rick Garcia ... Federale Captain
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

After 30 years in jail, breaking the law is more fun than ever! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Archie und Harry - Sie können's nicht lassen See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,565,342, 5 October 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$21,458,229
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Filming was very difficult for the 71-year-old Burt Lancaster, as he had undergone a quadruple heart bypass operation two years earlier. There was some question as to whether he would even get insurance for this film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Referenced in O Thanasis sti hora tou 'tha'... (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Work That Body
Words and Music by Diana Ross, Paul Jabara and Raymond Chew
Performed by Phyllis St. James
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Nostalgia rules okay?
6 July 2001 | by Viv-1See 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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