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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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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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It Captures The Flavor Of A Brawling Lusty Mexico! See more »


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2 November 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die gefürchteten Vier  »

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$19,537,346 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Lee Marvin line "let's go to work" is repeated by Lawrence Tierney in Reservoir Dogs. In Reservoir Dogs Michael Madsen also says; "I bet you're a big Lee Marvin fan......." after an argument with Harvey Keitel. See more »

Goofs

Dolworth makes reference to the universe being created with a "big bang", but this theory was likely not known in 1916-18, being first noted by Georges Lemaître in 1927. See more »

Quotes

Hans Ehrengard: Nine more of their horses are still left. You gonna shoot them, too?
Rico: I guess we'll have to. We can't spare the food and water.
Hans Ehrengard: We could cut them loose.
[Dolworth laughs]
Hans Ehrengard: What's so funny?
Bill Dolworth: People. We just killed ten men, nobody bats an eye. But when it comes to one of God's most stupid animals...
Hans Ehrengard: But harmless.
Bill Dolworth: Nothing's harmless in this desert unless it's dead.
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Connections

Referenced in I Dream of Jeannie: Jeannie, the Hip Hippie (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Hacienda Olé
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Written and Performed by Orchestra Maurice Jarre
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29 December 2003 | by (Cincinnati, OH) – See all my reviews

Set in the aftermath of the Mexican revolution, this action drama concerns the rescue of a Mexican lady (Cardinale) who is married to a rich, older, white man (Bellamy.) She has been taken from her American home back down to Mexico by notorious outlaw Palance. Bellamy hires a motley crew of mercenaries to retrieve Cardinale, promising them $10,000 each upon her return. The crew is led by tough as nails Marvin and includes free-wheeling dynamite-man Lancaster, sensitive rustler Ryan and archery expert Strode. This foursome sets out across punishing desert terrain to reach Cardinale and bring her back to the U.S. border. The job is at least as difficult as they expected and getting back to the border is as hard, if not harder, than getting to Palance's lair was. The film has an exceptional ensemble cast of pros. The members of the rescue team form an uneasy affection for one another. Stern Marvin and toothy, off-the-cuff Lancaster make a great pair. Ryan adds years of presence to his smallish role and Strode is his usual imposing physical entity. Palance is always a great villain and has some decent moments here. Bellamy does a nice job with his sketchy character. Cardinale is amazingly curvy and attractive even in the dusty surroundings. There is also a healthy dose of strong action, much of it taking place in the impressive domain of Palance. Dots of humor along the way relieve the tension. Time hasn't been particularly kind to Maurice Jarre's offbeat score and the film could have been just a tad shorter, but overall it is an interesting and absorbing action film.


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