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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.

Director:

Jeff Kanew
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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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:

Friends for years. Legends for life. Tough guys forever. 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:

Tough Guys See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,565,342, 5 October 1986

Gross USA:

$21,458,229

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster both had deferred salaries on this film. See more »

Goofs

Constantly changing sun and shadows throughout the train chase scene. Especially noticeable then they decouple the train cars (sun high and from the side), and Archie taunts Yablonski (sun lower and directly from behind). 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 Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Because of You
Written by Arthur Hammerstein and Dudley Wilkinson
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Tough Guys
1 December 2006 | by jflynn1-1See all my reviews

Watched it again on late night TV. Still funny after all these years. You could still see the occasional flashes of the old Kirk D, chilling look etc and Burt still has the movement of an athlete even at age 73, and his trade mark mirthless laugh but it was Eli Wallach who stole the film, absolutely brilliant. I think his character was stolen by the writers of a BBC TV comedy called "Last of the Summer Wine" which has a very short sighted character called Eli. So many scenes were so good that it makes it difficult to pick the best but I think the scene outside the old folks home is excellent when Leon B. Little picks himself up using the Zimmer frame, cruel but funny.

The ending was a bit of an anticlimax (same comment applies to "The Blues Brothers".


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