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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 »
NewsDesk:
(13 articles)
Out Of The Past: "The Professionals" (1966)
 (From CinemaRetro. 15 December 2013, 3:11 AM, PST)

Lead Actors: The Overlooked and Underrated
 (From SoundOnSight. 27 February 2013, 2:18 PM, PST)

Nine Overlooked Classic Westerns
 (From SoundOnSight. 2 January 2013, 10:57 PM, PST)

User Reviews:
Action, adventure, morality, and a great sense of humor 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:
The newspaper tacked to the wall of Grant's railroad car (visible as he is looking at the files of the men he is hiring) proclaims that Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata have entered Mexico City. The Villistas and Zapatistas occupied the city on the 6th December of 1914. According to Grant (Ralph Bellamy), Fardan (Lee Marvin) had served with the rebels through 1915.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: Just after Ehrengard is told to "say only what I tell you," Padilla's mouth moves, but no words come out.See more »
Quotes:
Jake Sharp:A cloud o' dust! Could be Mister Raza.
Hans Ehrengard:Could be most anything. Even a whirling dervish.
Rico:That, gentlemen, is the whirlingest dervish of them all.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Story of Eloise (1976)See more »

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38 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Action, adventure, morality, and a great sense of humor, 28 July 2003
Author: myschrec from Moscow, Idaho

This is a great western... at a time when Hollywood audiences were less interested in westerns. It also developed the theme of moral ambiguity found in the Sergio Leone/Clint Eastwood "Man With No Name" westerns and The Wild Bunch. Lee Marvin (fresh from his Oscar performance in Cat Ballou) shows once again how strong an actor he is ... and how well he matches up with Burt Lancaster (with his oscar for Elmer Gantry six years earlier). Jack Palance is once again a villain with a winning smile. In addition to the excellent acting and exciting action scenes, the film makes good use of the horses, the train, the weaponry ... as well as the subplot about the old revolutionaries meeting once again after many years. In the end, the plot has a nice twist ... and our heroes must make a moral choice. The film compares favorably to the best John Ford westerns, plus it has colorful scenery and a great sense of humor. You should definitely watch the "widescreen" version if you can. Richard Brooks was nominated for Oscars for directing and writing.

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