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The Expendables (2010)

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A CIA operative hires a team of mercenaries to eliminate a Latin dictator and a renegade CIA agent.



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Cast overview, first billed only:


Barney Ross leads the "Expendables", a band of highly skilled mercenaries including knife enthusiast Lee Christmas, martial arts expert Yin Yang, heavy weapons specialist Hale Caesar, demolitionist Toll Road and loose-cannon sniper Gunner Jensen. When the group is commissioned by the mysterious Mr. Church to assassinate the merciless dictator of a small South American island, Barney and Lee head to the remote locale to scout out their opposition. Once there, they meet with local rebel Sandra and discover the true nature of the conflict engulfing the city. When they escape the island and Sandra stays behind, Ross must choose to either walk away and save his own life - or attempt a suicidal rescue mission that might just save his soul. Written by The Massie Twins

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong action and bloody violence throughout, and for some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 August 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los indestructibles  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$34,825,135 (USA) (13 August 2010)


$102,981,571 (USA) (15 October 2010)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


On October 24th, 2009, Sylvester Stallone was joined on screen for the first time ever, with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis. The scene, which took six hours to film, sets up the plot of the film. See more »


When Ross and Christmas are investigating the island, Ross' goatee changes color from black to grey. When he is avoiding the troops in the street it is clearly grey, but when driving in the truck it is again black. Later on, on the same island it changes to grey once again. See more »


[first lines]
Barney Ross: We are the shadows and the smoke, we rise. We are the ghosts that hide in the night.
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Referenced in Samyy luchshiy film 3-DE (2011) See more »


Keep Your Hands to Yourself
Written by Dan Baird (as Daniel Baird)
Performed by The Georgia Satellites (as Georgia Satellites)
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User Reviews

7 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A typical action movie that checks all of the action movie boxes. Lots of explosions, shootings, killings and unrealistic fight scenes.

It's great to see all of the dinosaurs from the 80's team up with each other. Stallone looked convincing as the main guy but it's the youth of Jason Statham that delivers the adrenalin in this movie. I would've liked to have seen more from Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Their roles were far too short for the amount of action experience they have. Steve Austin is the only person that was miscast. Personally, I think that this movie would have been better without him.

I got what I expected and if you like action movies...you will definitely like "The Expendables".

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