Tough Guys

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Tough Guys (Touchstone Movie)

“Tough Guys” is a comedy film released in 1986, directed by Jeff Kanew. The movie stars Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas as Harry Doyle and Archie Long, respectively, two elderly ex-convicts who are released from prison after serving 30 years for a train robbery.

The story follows Harry and Archie as they struggle to adapt to the modern world upon their release. They find that society has changed significantly during their time behind bars, and they feel like outcasts in the fast-paced and technology-driven 1980s.

Despite their desire to lead an honest and law-abiding life, the two friends are inadvertently drawn back into a life of crime when they witness a robbery at their favorite diner. Their old instincts kick in, and they decide to take matters into their own hands to stop the robbers and recover the stolen money.

As they attempt to execute the heist, the duo’s comical antics and mishaps create hilarious and entertaining moments throughout the film.

“Tough Guys” is a light-hearted and nostalgic comedy that celebrates the enduring spirit of friendship and adventure. Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas, both legendary actors in their own right, deliver delightful performances, showcasing their charm and chemistry on screen.

The film’s blend of action, comedy, and heartwarming moments makes it an enjoyable watch for audiences seeking a feel-good and humorous film with a touch of nostalgia.

“Tough Guys” was well-received by audiences and remains a touchstone for fans of classic comedies and the iconic duo of Lancaster and Douglas, who reunited for this film after previously appearing together in “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral” and “Seven Days in May.”

Additional Details


  • 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: Vince
  • Billy Barty: Philly
  • Simmy Bow: Schultz
  • Darlene Conley: Gladys Ripps
  • Nathan Davis: Jimmy Ellis
  • Grant Aleksander: Bartender


  • Director: Jeff Kanew
  • Producer: Joe Wizan
  • Writers: James Cruikshank and James Orr

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