Tough Guys is part parody and part serious with a nasty streak running right down the middle.

Tough Guys is part parody and part serious with a nasty streak running right down the middle.

Set in a small coastal town in Massachusetts in the sort of place where everyone knows everyone else’s business, and for Tim Madden (Ryan O’Neal) business is bad, story has something to do with a bottched drug deal, men who love the wrong women and women who love the wrong men.

In the course of playing its hand, Madden’s wealthy wife (Debra Sandlund), a washed up porno star (Frances Fisher), a suicidal southerner (John Bedford Lloyd), a gay sugar daddy (R. Patrick Sulliva) and a corrupt police chief (Wings Hauser) all get blown away.

Film is at its best when it’s tongue-in-cheek and it’s fun to listen to the guys talk tough. And the biggest, baddest, nastiest one of them all is Lawrence Tierney as O’Neal’s father, a man who won’t dance for anyone.

Tough Guys Don't Dance

Production

Cannon/Zoetrope. Director Norman Mailer; Producer Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus; Screenplay Norman Mailer; Camera John Bailey; Editor Debra McDermott; Music Angelo Badalamenti; Art Director Armin Ganz

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1987. Running time: 108 MIN.

With

Ryan O'Neal Isabella Rossellini Debra Sandlund Wings Hauser John Bedford Lloyd Frances Fisher

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