Tough Guys is unalloyed hokum that proves a sad waste of talent on the parts of co-stars Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas.

Tough Guys is unalloyed hokum that proves a sad waste of talent on the parts of co-stars Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas.

The two venerable thesps, both 70-ish and looking fit and alert, turn up here as Harry Doyle and Archie Long, two gentleman crooks celebrated in the annals of American crime for having been the last outlaws to rob a train.

Pic pokes along with Lancaster provoking havoc at his old folks’ home and Douglas quitting a series of jobs in disgust until scripters decide that perhaps a plot would be nice, so the guys get together and – surprise – decide to rob the train again.

It’s all silly, meaningless and vaguely depressing, since the awareness lingers throughout that both actors are capable of much, much more than is demanded of them here.

Tough Guys

Production

Touchstone/Silver Screen/Bryna. Director Jeff Kanew; Producer Joe Wizan; Screenplay James Orr, Jim Cruickshank; Camera King Baggot; Editor Kaja Fehr; Music James Newton Howard; Art Director Todd Hallowell

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1986. Running time: 104 MIN.

With

Burt Lancaster Kirk Douglas Charles Durning Alexis Smith Dana Carvey Darlanne Fluegel
Follow @Variety on Twitter for breaking news, reviews and more