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A Note Regarding Spoilers

The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for The Expendables can be found here.

The Expendables is a tribute movie to action/war films from the 1980s and early '90s. Directed by Sylvester Stallone, it features among its cast Stallone and other actors from such movies, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, and Jet Li. The screenplay was written by Stallone and screenwriter Dave Callaham. A comic book prequel, written by American comic book writer Chuck Dixon and illustrated by Esteve Polls, was released in May 2010.

The Expendables fly a Grumman HU-16 Albatross. It has a black paint job with the Expendables logo, a black hawk on a globe, and the name Global Wildlife Conservancy written on it.

No. Despite the fact that articles mentioned that Shinedown made the song for The Expendables, it was only used in promotional pieces. The lyrics are based on some text that opens the screenplay and is sung by the characters before going to battle. In the Extended Cut, the song plays during the final fight and the end credits.

Paradise City by Guns 'N' Roses

Diamond Eyes by Shinedown in the other Trailer

He is only in the film as a cameo appearance, he was not paid and he was only on set for about 6 hours total. Even still, it's entirely possible he was on vacation while he filmed his role and 6 hours on set would not affect his gubernatorial duties. The scenes with Schwarzenegger were also shot in a studio at night, so the governor was not filming during his political working time.

Bruce Willis did this cameo entirely on friendship basis. Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis are very good friends and they own Planet Hollywood.

Yes, during its theatrical run Stallone announced via Twitter that he was working on an Extended Cut of his movie, like he did with Rambo. So far this Extended Cut has only been available for a limited number of customers of the Video On Demand services, such as AT&T U-Verse, Comcast or EpixHD in the United States but will be released in late 2011 on Blu-ray. In total the Extended Cut is approx. 10 minutes longer than the well-known Theatrical Version and features more than 200 changes and especially several characters got more screen time and their actions are now a bit more credible. Especially Dolph Lundgren's character profits from these changes and in conclusion one can say that the Extended Cut is probably a better version than the Theatrical Version and a must for all fans of this movie. A very detailed comparison, split in two parts, between both cuts with pictures can be found here (part 1) and here (part 2).

One shot had to be removed, showing a hero sadistically twisting a knife into a guard's neck, in order to obtain a '15' classification. Cut made in accordance with BBFC Guidelines and policy. An uncut '18' classification was available. Only the Blu-ray version features the uncensored BBFC 18 cut. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.

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