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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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Storyline

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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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)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,825,135, 15 August 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$103,068,524

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$274,470,394
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Christmas introduces himself and Ross to Sandra, he tells his name is "Buda" (pronounced similar to "Buddha") and shows Ross as "Pest". Together these names compose "Budapest", the capital of Hungary, EU, which is divided in 2 parts (Buda on the west, Pest on the east) by its river Danube. Beside the joke, it's a reference/tribute to the city where Sylvester Stallone worked back in 1980, shooting Victory (1981). See more »

Goofs

As Ross and Christmas are leaving the island on their first trip, they shoot at the docks which are soaked in gasoline. In one shot we see the explosion clearly expanding horizontally several feet off the pier. On a bird's eye view shot we see a boat next the the burning pier clearly not affected by the blast or the fire. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.122 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Keep On Chooglin'
Written by John Fogerty (as John C. Fogerty)
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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People get shot with bullets, from guns, and die as a result.
28 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

If you aren't sure what to expect going into this think Rambo, only there are five Rambos instead of just one, and two of them know karate.

If you do have high expectations going in (as I did), you will start to wonder if perhaps this movie isn't going to be what you were expecting as you watch it. The first hour gives you the two 'big' cameos, which weren't worth the hype (or any hype for that matter), and an out of place Mickey Rourke emotional moment but not much else.

The real payoff comes in the last half hour or so of the movie which is a beautiful symphony of mindless violence, and more than makes up for the beginning.

Overall the movie seemed a little rushed as far as the story goes and I won't be surprised to see a extended cut when this comes out on DVD but it is a solid action movie and worth the watch. And hats off to Randy Couture who actually steals the movie a little bit during the big action scene at the end.


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