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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:
Mature moral complexity; a slower kind of western. 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 cast and crew stayed in Las Vegas while working on this project. Actor Woody Strode wrote in his memoirs that he and Lee Marvin pulled several pranks, including shooting an arrow at the famous smiling cowboy neon sign damaging it briefly.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: As the Professionals escape in the mine cars, there is an overhead shot in which the cable pulling the cars is visible.See more »
Quotes:
Bill Dolworth:The revolution? When the shooting stops, and the dead are buried, and the politicians take over, it all adds up to one thing: a lost cause.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Halloween II (2009)See more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Mature moral complexity; a slower kind of western., 26 October 2006
Author: Kara Dahl Russell from United States

I grew up watching westerns because my father is from Texas, and westerns were required viewing on a daily basis. While this one lacks the brisk pace and epic quality of YELLOW RIBBON, it has shades of gray in a genre that usually has black or white hats.

Being made in 1966 this western is not only a bit late in the genre, but is also somewhat late in the day of several of it's leads, making it a more mature action film, with the resulting slowness and ambiguity that maturity brings. This is echoed in the plot lines from early on, as Lee Marvin and Burt Lancaster are sent to find a kidnapped Claudia Cardinale who is clearly making the most of her kidnapper, Jack Palance at the height of his handsomeness. The men give standard solid performances.

This film is often mentioned in documentaries about film making for the extended use of day-for-night shooting in the long climactic sequence on the mine tracks in the Mexican border village. The art direction is actually one of the best features of this film, with the interesting levels created by the omnipresent train tracks.

The plot turning moment of this film belongs to Marie Gomez, a curvaceous exotic who seems minor but becomes a revelation in character, and her level and complexity of acting. Claudia Cardinale comes off badly in comparison, not only because her acting chops are less, but her role is much less interesting. This hurts the film overall; when there are only two women in a film, their roles really effect the inner life of the film. Here, it's all Gomez - she turns everything topsy turvy. She and Palance are the only really remarkable things here. For her cathartic moment, Gomez received a Golden Globe nomination as Most Promising Newcomer in 1967.

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