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The Expendables (2010)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Thriller  |  13 August 2010 (USA)
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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  »

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Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Technical Specs


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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rumoured to be the first installment of a trilogy of "Expendables" sons. See more »


While Sandra and Barney are talking in her truck, a large piece of plywood is seen bouncing in the bed of the truck through the back window. In a shot of the back of the truck as it is driving away, the plywood is gone. 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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References Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) See more »


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They don't get much more explosive than this!
4 August 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The expectation for this film is obviously very high with one of the best action hero line ups (if not the best) in cinematic history. So I went into this film with a little trepidation and a lot of anticipation. I can honestly say that I was not disappointed. This was a high octane, unbelievably explosive, funny, blood thirsty, proper action movie! This film would not have been out of place in the 80s, but manages to fit into the market of today's cinematic action experience. It is easily much more graphic and gory than most modern day action films, but this adds to the film and creates a degree of realism. Let's face it; if you go around killing people it isn't going to be pretty! This film did what it needed to do, it wasn't afraid to contain blood, guts and violence for the sake of an age restriction but also wasn't overly ridiculous. After all most of the people who will watch this film grew up watching the classic action films of the 80s and 90s and are old enough for a bit of gore.

The plot is not that original, but it doesn't need to be, nor was it expected to be. The cast, goes without saying, was fantastic. What could have been a disaster of conflicting egos ended up being a believable team of mercenaries where banter is rife and keeping each other alive is their number one priority. Stallone can give himself a big pat on the back for getting so many iconic actors onto the screen together and actually making it work. Though the much hyped cameo of two particular people was short lived, it was hilarious and I think a great moment in cinema.

This was a great film that keeps you glued to your seat, constantly makes you gasp and laugh out loud and leaves you pumping with adrenaline. It was ridiculous and wonderful all at the same time, with more bullets and bombs than Rambo and more fighting than Rocky. This is a must see film for any movie buff or action hero wannabe. It is certainly not for the faint hearted, or for kids, but for any true action movie lover this is the ultimate manly film.

Sylvester Stallone, NICE JOB!

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