Tough Guys (1986)


Norman Mailer wrote and directed this adaptation of his novel about an alcoholic writer who thinks h...e might have committed murder. Interesting cast!


Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas are retired train robbers — deeply retired, as in nursing home-retired) — and they long to rid themselves of the gruel at mealtimes and menial jobs they’re suffering through. So they do what comes naturally, rob a train, even if it is 1986. At its funniest when the heroes face the horrors of modern life, Tough Guys is a wink and a nod to two great actors with a legendary body of work between them. That they can make fun of themselves makes for a rewarding, if clumsy, experience.