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The Professionals (1966)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Western | 2 November 1966 (USA)
An arrogant Texas millionaire hires four adventurers to rescue his kidnapped wife from a notorious Mexican bandit.

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Raza
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Grant
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Ortega
Rafael Bertrand ...
Fierro
Jorge Martínez de Hoyos ...
Padillia (as Jorge Martinez de Hoyos) (as Jorge Martinez De Hoyos: in closing credits)
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José Chávez ...
Revolutionary (as Jose Chavez)
Carlos Romero ...
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Storyline

A rich Texan, J.W. Grant, selects three men and invites them to his private train to offer them a contract: Rescue his wife who has been kidnapped by a Mexican revolutionary. The leader of the men, Rico, decides they would be a better team if Grant would hire one more man, an explosives expert. Grant quickly agrees and soon the four are off to complete the contract. However, while on the trail, they discover some interesting facts, like has Mrs. Grant 'really' been kidnapped? Written by AzRanger

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Die gefürchteten Vier  »

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Trivia

Lee Marvin took it upon himself to keep the film's guns clean in the unpredictable desert conditions. See more »

Goofs

When Fardan (Lee Marvin) has the Dolworth (Lancaster) and Jake (Woody Strode) synchronize their watches at 4:30, Dolworth states that the fuse that will detonate the water tower at Raza's compound will take exactly a half hour. The time for the detonation is set for 5:00. However no time was taken into account to have him set the charge, which had to take at least a few minutes. See more »

Quotes

Rico: You're gonna have to get over this nasty habit of always losing your pants. It's not dignified.
Bill Dolworth: It's drafty, too.
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Referenced in Reservoir Dogs (1992) See more »

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Hacienda Olé
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Written and Performed by Orchestra Maurice Jarre
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A Classic
8 June 2004 | by (Atlanta, Georgia) – See all my reviews

This is one of those great, all-star movies where what happens is almost inconsequential because getting there is so much fun. Marvin and Lancaster give sharp-edged, self-assured performances, Palance is delightful as always, and the rest of the cast does their job in yeoman fashion. It has the edge and cynicism that marked the decline of western movie production, but it has enough fun with the audience, and itself to stand out from other westerns made at the same juncture. Richard Brooks deserves a lot of credit for keeping the genre going because few westerns made around this time were or are memorable. This movie is not always mentioned with the all-time great westerns...but it should be.


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