Tough Guys (1986)


“Our colors are cherry, peach, lime, olive, and avocado.” – Derek

“I don’t want to eat the suit, I just want to wear it.” – Archie Long

Number of Times Seen – at least twice (cable in the 80’s and 10 Mar 2022)

Brief Synopsis – Two former train robbers are released from prison decades after their last crime and must try to figure out how to get along in the modern world.

My Take on it – This is a fun movie even though it doesn’t work as well as one might hope.

Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster were always superb together, but in this film, their chemistry feels a bit lacking.

The story does a nice job showing how 40 years in prison can change a man’s perspective on the world even when they don;t actually realize how much the world itself can change over the course of that time.

The film tries to place these characters in more humorous situations to accentuate that, but it goes a bit too far because it begins to lose its effect far too quickly since it seems to reiterate the same thing again and again.

Loved seeing Dana Carvey in this film, but his character isn’t utilized enough.

Carvey is best in comedic roles and this role is also too straight for him and he gets lost among the rest of the cast which also includes Charles Durning, Eli Wallach and Darlanne Fluegel.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Adolph Caesar was signed on to play Leon Little. However, in the weeks before filming, Caesar died of a heart attack and Eli Wallach took over his role. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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