They have to deal with parole officer DanaCarvey, who has all the typical problems of a nice, naive paroleofficer. How could they get into trouble at their age? She entitled thechapter, The Terrible Tempered Twins and she bemoaned the fact thatthese two instead of being good little captives of the studio systemthat kept her in business, had the audacity to chart their own careers. Wallach's scenes are awkward, would-be physical comedy, and there are such long time gaps between his appearances. Its good fun as we watch two old timers trying to go straight in a world which seems to find being old undignified and at times is a little touching in a nostalgic sort of way. Harry reconnects with an old flame named Belle , and they sweetly reminisce about old times.
They almost got away with it, except for thepersistence of a police officer played by Charles Durning who brokethe case and managed to bring them to jail. Leon: How can you live in a hell hole like this? In the scenes together the dialogue between them flows effortlessly as natural as two old friends just chatting normally. Harry and Archie are released from prison ready to collect their Social Security. The humour is also laced with a touch of comic sadness such as when they realise the old joints they use to hang out in have either gone or are seriously changed, such as the humorous scene in Mickey's where Archie is basically propositioned by another man. He and his wife reside in Redmond, Washington. Dana Carvey having a blast at the throttle; Archie firing back at the cops as the train leaves the yard.
It was also the last movie to be released from Douglas'. As HarryDoyle and Archie Long two elderly crooks released after a thirty yearstretch for robbing the West Coast Flyer train, they find rolesperfectly suited to their age and personality. Little , an elderly hit man with bad eyesight who still has an outstanding contract on them, immediately tries to kill them. Instead of the 'fish out of water'scenario, we have the 'two fishes that have been put back in the waterafter a severely long time' genre. And then comes this movie where they play guys 67 and 72 years old. Good thing his part is not as long as the stars because he steals everyscene he's in.
Just take your time, okay? Harry Doyle Lancaster , and Archie Long Douglas are released fromprison after a 30 years sentence after being caught dead bang robbing atrain. In a stolen cop car, Archie defies physics in trying to halt 4449. Archie: I don't want to eat the suit, I just want to wear it. The two old pals finally go back to what they know best. But for those who didn't, it is a very entertaining movie which focuses on old friends trying to find dignity in a world they are not accustomed to, playing greatly on the humour of the situation and growing old disgracefully. Eventually Harry and Archie realize the only thing they know is a life of crime.
After being humiliated, patronised, andgenerally treated like dirt for the better part of a week, The twoageing gangsters decide that a life of crime has to be better thenhonest work, and predictably they revert to their previous careers astrain robbers. Harry and Archie realize that they still have the pizzazz when, picking up their prison checks at a bank, they foil a robbery attempt. Belle: I warn you, I know karate! Deke Yablonski , the police officer who first arrested Harry and Archie, soon arrives with a full. Shame as the idea of their arch nemesis trying to bring them down once more is good; it's just that it's not worked properly during the movie. Belle: You've been here 45 minutes.
Harry, at age 72, is committed to a retirement community; despite his desire to work, he's past the mandatory retirement age of 70. Lancaster miserably checks into an old-people's home and meets an old flame there: She's an aerobics instructor, too. A resident of the Seattle area since 1976, he has had a life-long interest in railroads, particularly those in the Pacific Northwest. Lancaster Harry Doyle is the brains and Douglas Archie Long is the weightlifter muscle of the outfit. It's just a shameit wasn't better as it could have been much better.
The film hassome nice moments, such as Douglas almost going in for dirty dancingwith a young chippy, and Lancaster protesting the slop he has to eat inan old age home, and memorably showing his teeth to advantage for apurpose for a change. After serving their time, they are released from jail and have to adjust to a new life of freedom. Instead, it plays like a series of cute situations in search of a plot. However, all isnot as they had hoped on the outside, and Harry and Archie haveproblems coming to terms with the way the world has changed. But precisely because they have paid so many dues and bring so many of our memories to all the roles they play, they deserve something better than this. They have served nearlyforty years in jail, and when released they are in for time shocks.
Lancaster's old and he knows it, but he still wants to be treated withsome dignity. He and Lancaster put on their carefully preserved, tailor-made suits, position their fedoras on their heads and walk out the prison gates. They are told not to have further contact with each other for at least three years. At Richie's office, they are informed of the conditions of their parole. But they take far too long to arrive at this decision, and the movie suffers because of the long buildup. The opening shots of the movie establish the tone.
It was too bad, because it was a funny film, andwould turn out to be the best comedy buddy film of the films that theydid together. On top of that, they have to deal with Durning, whose police career -after it's brilliant start - petered out leaving him embittered, anddesperate to prove himself to the young pups who count the days untilhis enforced retirement. After successfully robbing an armored car, they decide to rob the same train that they robbed thirty years ago. All fourmanage to demonstrate that it is street smarts and brains, not youthfulidealism paging Carvey that will win out in the end. Where were you raised, in a cave? It certainly reminds us of what giants Lancaster and Douglas were - and are. In the Oscar ceremonies of 1985, Lancaster and Douglas had come intogether to deliver an award, and everyone noted how healthy both menstill were.