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Director:
Writers:
Frank O'Rourke (novel)
Richard Brooks (written for the screen by)
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Release Date:
2 November 1966 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It Captures The Flavor Of A Brawling Lusty Mexico! See more »
Plot:
An arrogant Texas millionaire hires four adventurers to rescue his kidnapped wife from a notorious Mexican bandit. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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(13 articles)
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The Code of the Professional See more (81 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Burt Lancaster ... Dolworth

Lee Marvin ... Fardan

Robert Ryan ... Ehrengard

Woody Strode ... Jake

Jack Palance ... Raza

Claudia Cardinale ... Maria

Ralph Bellamy ... Grant
Joe De Santis ... Ortega
Rafael Bertrand ... Fierro
Jorge Martínez de Hoyos ... Eduardo Padilla - Goatkeeper (in opening credits) (as Jorge Martinez De Hoyos: in closing credits) (as Jorge Martinez de Hoyos)
Marie Gomez ... Chiquita
José Chávez ... Revolutionary (as Jose Chavez)
Carlos Romero ... Revolutionary

Vaughn Taylor ... Banker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Cadiente ... (uncredited)
Vincente Cadiente ... (uncredited)
Elizabeth Campbell ... Mexican Girl (uncredited)
Don Carlos ... Bandit (uncredited)
Leigh Chapman ... Lady (uncredited)
Roberto Contreras ... Bandit (uncredited)
Dirk Evans ... Man at Door (uncredited)
Foster Hood ... (uncredited)
Darwin Lamb ... Hooper - Grant's Associate (uncredited)
Eddie Little Sky ... Jake's Prisoner (uncredited)
John Lopez ... Mexican Servant (uncredited)
John McKee ... Sheriff (uncredited)
Henry O'Brien ... (uncredited)
Philip L. Parslow ... Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
Ron Veto ... Mexican soldier (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Brooks 
 
Writing credits
Frank O'Rourke (novel "A Mule for the Marquesa")

Richard Brooks (written for the screen by)

Produced by
Richard Brooks .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
 
Cinematography by
Conrad L. Hall (director of photography) (as Conrad Hall)
 
Film Editing by
Peter Zinner 
 
Art Direction by
Ted Haworth  (as Edward S. Haworth)
 
Set Decoration by
Frank Tuttle 
 
Makeup Department
Jackie Bone .... hairdresser
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (as Robert Schiffer)
 
Production Management
Lee Lukather .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Shaw .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Joe LaBella .... property master (as Joseph La Bella)
 
Sound Department
Del Harris .... sound effects
Jack Haynes .... sound
William Randall .... sound (as William Randall Jr.)
Charles J. Rice .... sound supervisor
Kay Rose .... sound effects
 
Special Effects by
Willis Cook .... special effects
Chuck Gaspar .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Boyd Cabeen .... stunt double (uncredited)
John Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
John McKee .... stunts (uncredited)
Bobby Somers .... stunts (uncredited)
Ron Veto .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Harry Sundby .... chief electrician
Bobby Byrne .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jordan Cronenweth .... assistant camera (uncredited)
William A. Fraker .... camera operator (uncredited)
Michael A. Jones .... assistant chief lighting technician (uncredited)
John Livesley .... key grip (uncredited)
Charles Rosher Jr. .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jack Martell .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Maurice Jarre .... conductor
Maury Winetrobe .... music editor
Leo Arnaud .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
John Franco .... script supervisor
Cheryl Leigh .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Dominic Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
Ruth Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
 
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for violence and nudity (re-rating) (1999)
Runtime:
117 min | UK:123 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording) | Mono
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | New Zealand:PG | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/16 (R-14) (re-rating) | Portugal:17 (original rating) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (2003) | USA:PG-13 | USA:Approved (PCA #21227) (original rating) | USA:PG-13 (re-rating) (1999) | USA:GP (1970) | West Germany:16
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Trivia:
After Burt Lancaster ambushes Jack Palance's men and shoots Jack Palance. Palance shouts out for "Francisco". The following shot of a dead Francisco also shows a horse having a bowel movement in the background.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the team makes it back to the train after capturing Mrs. Grant Claudia Cardinale and the ambush is waiting for them, Ehrengard Robert Ryan is initially shown from inside the train car sitting facing sideways to the open door of the train car, then from outside he is shown with his back to the door of the train, then back to inside and he is sideways again.See more »
Quotes:
Jake Sharp:We could all do with a rest.
Hans Ehrengard:A shave would be a relief, too.
Jake Sharp:So would a bath.
Bill Dolworth:Might as well throw in a woman. Any size, any age, any color. Any woman.
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Referenced in Halloween II (2009)See more »

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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
The Code of the Professional, 30 January 2005
Author: mike dewey from canton, ohio

I just recently revisited this great Western classic and rediscovered why I think this is the best of its genre. The setting, the plot/subplots, the casting, the writing are in a class unto themselves. First of all, what else can you say about the match-up of Lee Marvin and Burt Lancaster? Two phenomenal actors with a great screenplay and story line to propel their already lofty skills to an even higher level. The supporting cast of Jack Palance, Claudia C., Woody Strode, Robert Ryan, etc. contributes to the overall storyline by portraying their individual roles, each entirely different, with skill, depth and emotion.

What starts out as a fairly self-explanatory rescue and retrieve mission ends up getting increasingly complicated. As Burt Lancaster's character noted, "there's something a little dicey about this arrangement"! As the melodrama ensues, the inevitable capture and retrieval occurs and the tension mounts as the chase begins.

When the retrieval part of the mission nears its ending, the pace slows down to where the principal combatants, Jack Palance and Burt Lancaster, render their philosophical reasons for their respective actions. Palance, the Mexican revolutionary, tells of the revolution being like the goddess at the inception and like a whore as time wears on, where lust slowly overshadows love and passion surmounts compassion. But this time, he says, "I'm on this mission for love". Burt's reply of "I'm in it for the money, what else?", has the typical mercenary ring to it, but you get the feeling it may not portray his true feelings. This depiction of revolution(s), at a time (late 60's) when revolutionary zeal was the current political motif, sheds a remarkably lucid view: what does it all mean in the end?

But true to the Code of the Professional, Burt, Lee M. et al, must fulfill their obligations to the letter of the contract. And when you see the film in its entirety, you will see how they achieve that obligation and may be surprised at the final fulfillment!

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