Taglines: Friends for years. Legends for life. Tough guys forever.
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?
Tough Guys is a 1986 action comedy film starring Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Eli Wallach, Charles Durning, Dana Carvey and Darlanne Fluegel. It was directed by Jeff Kanew. This was the first film to be released under the banner of Touchstone Pictures rather than Touchstone Films.
Lancaster and Douglas had already made several films together, including I Walk Alone (1948), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), The Devil’s Disciple (1959), and Seven Days in May (1964), becoming something of a team in the public’s eye. Douglas was always second-billed under Lancaster but, with the exception of I Walk Alone, in which Douglas played a villain, their roles were more or less of equal importance. Tough Guys was their final collaboration.
Tough Guys (1986)
Directed by: Jeff Kanew
Starring: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Darlanne Fluegel, Charles Durning, Alexis Smith, Dana Carvey, Eli Wallach, Monty Ash, Darlene Conley
Screenplay by: James Orr, Jim Cruickshank
Production Design by: Todd Hallowell
Cinematography by: King Baggot
Film Editing by: Kaja Fehr
Costume Design by: Erica Edell Phillips
Set Decoration by: Jeff Haley
Music by: James Newton Howard
Distributed by: Buena Vista Pictures
Release Date: October 3, 1986