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The Professionals (1966)

An arrogant Texas millionaire hires four adventurers to rescue his kidnapped wife from a notorious Mexican bandit.

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Complete credited cast:
... Dolworth
... Fardan
... Ehrengard
... Jake
... Raza
... Maria
... Grant
... Ortega
Rafael Bertrand ... Fierro
Jorge Martínez de Hoyos ... Padillia
... Chiquita
José Chávez ... Revolutionary (as Jose Chavez)
Carlos Romero ... Revolutionary
... Banker
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A rich Texan, J.W. Grant, selects three men and invites them to his private train to offer them a contract: Rescue his wife who has been kidnapped by a Mexican revolutionary. The leader of the men, Rico, decides they would be a better team if Grant would hire one more man, an explosives expert. Grant quickly agrees and soon the four are off to complete the contract. However, while on the trail, they discover some interesting facts, like has Mrs. Grant 'really' been kidnapped? Written by AzRanger

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Rated PG-13 for violence and nudity | See all certifications »

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2 November 1966 (USA)  »

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Die gefürchteten Vier  »

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$19,537,346
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Burt Lancaster, at 52, still insisted on doing all his own stunts. See more »

Goofs

Mrs. Grant's hairdo is what would be worn by a woman in the 1960s, not the 1910s. See more »

Quotes

Hans Ehrengard: Dynamite in the hands of a fool means death.
Bill Dolworth: In this case, it could mean life. Ours. If we're lucky enough to get back to this rat trap, it might be touch and go. All you gotta do is light this fuse. You got ten seconds to run like hell. Then dynamite, not faith, will move that mountain into this pass. Peace, brother.
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Referenced in The Story of Eloise (1976) See more »

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Proposition For The Professionals - Main Title
Written and Performed by Orchestra Maurice Jarre
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The Damned Bunch.
25 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

Though not as perceptively grim in tone and style as Sam Peckinpah's epitaph The Wild Bunch, Richard Brook's The Professionals almost certainly inspired the former and was also one of the last great westerns Hollywood ever produced. Made at a time when the 'classical' era was waning, Brooks went entirely nostalgic, creating a story about John Wayne-like characters completely loyal to their cause but also flawed in many ways.

The cast is superb. The exotic beauty of Claudia Cardinale is great fodder for the main cast of Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan and Woody Strode. Although Ryan and Strode have considerably less screen time, the relationship between Lancaster and Marvin is terrifically fleshed out along with Brooks' steady hand guiding the entire process of four men on the hunt to rescue a millionaire's kidnapped wife only to realize all is not as it seems.

Despite the fact that this film will forever be compared to the ones it inspired like The Wild Bunch or The Dirty Dozen, it should be admired on its own terms. It is a very entertaining and satisfying film with solid writing, acting, directing and editing along with some stunning cinematography of the American southwest. Compared to today's films, who could ask for anything more?


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