Tough Guys Movie Review

Tough Guys

Friends for Years. Legends for life. Tough Guys forever.


Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Charles Durning, Dana Carvey

Alexis Smith, Darlanne Fluegel, Eli Wallach, Monty Ash, Billy Barty, Simmy Bow, Darlene Conley, Nathan Davis Update Cast


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After the police fire at the train, Sgt. Deke Yablonski (Charles Durning) says, "What is this, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral?". Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas both starred in Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957); Lancaster played Wyatt Earp, and Douglas played Doc Holliday in the classic western.

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TOUGH GUYS was another reunion for screen legends Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas. The film follows the adventures of two legendary 50ís crooks having to deal with the changes that occurred during their 30-year prison sentence.

The year was 1956, Harry Doyle and Archie Long were two hip gangsters with an attitude, but when they commited what would be the last great train robbery ever staged, the robbery landed the two guys in prison and no train has been robbed ever since.

Present day, Harry and Archie have been in prison for thirty years and they learn that they are finally being released, but when they are released, they are shocked at how much the world has changed.

Greased hair and leather jackets have turned into moussed hair and spandex. Old-fashioned nightclubs are now filled with neon lights and women in tank tops. Malt shops have become more modern restaurants. Harry and Archie are even introduced to a dirty little thing called rap.

As free men, Harry and Archie have to deal with the changes, and it seems that many people have forgotten about them, but on their way to receiving their prison checks at the bank, a robbery is put in session.

But what was supposed to be a robbery turns out to be a triumph for Harry and Archie as they foil the crime, but that doesnít change the fact that they cannot see each other for three years.

Archie is sent to look for a job and Harry is sent to the retirement home. Dissatisfied with their new lives, Harry and Archie reunite and discover that it is time to teach a new world some old tricks by hatching a plan to rob another train.

Will they pull it off like they did the last time? Will these guys go back to prison?

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It may not be as successful as the previous teamings of Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas, but TOUGH GUYS is a fun movie to watch. It stands as a classic.

Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas still have it after all these years.
Would anybody really be able to rob a train these days?

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Key Crew

Director: Jeff Kanew
Writer: Jim Cruickshank, James Orr
Producers: Jana Sue Memel, Joe Wizan
Locations Manager: Dow Griffith, Ira S. Rosenstein

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Release Date: 03 Oct 1986
MPAA Rating: PG
Studio: Touchstone Pictures
Production: Bryna Productions, Silver Screen Partners II, Touchstone Pictures
Genre: Comedy

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1986 Touchstone Pictures
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