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The Professionals (1966)

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

Director:

Richard Brooks

Writers:

Frank O'Rourke (novel), Richard Brooks (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Burt Lancaster ... Dolworth
Lee Marvin ... Fardan
Robert Ryan ... Ehrengard
Woody Strode ... Jake
Jack Palance ... Raza
Claudia Cardinale ... Maria
Ralph Bellamy ... Grant
Joe De Santis ... Ortega
Rafael Bertrand Rafael Bertrand ... Fierro
Jorge Martínez de Hoyos ... Padillia
Marie Gomez ... Chiquita
José Chávez José Chávez ... Revolutionary (as Jose Chavez)
Carlos Romero Carlos Romero ... Revolutionary
Vaughn Taylor ... Banker
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Storyline

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

13 December 1966 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Professionals See more »

Filming Locations:

Bavispe, Sonora, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$19,537,346
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)| Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Lee Marvin line "let's go to work" is repeated by Lawrence Tierney in Reservoir Dogs. In Reservoir Dogs Michael Madsen also says; "I bet you're a big Lee Marvin fan......." after an argument with Harvey Keitel. See more »

Goofs

While it made for an exciting plot twist, having Raza catch up to the train and find it empty, it would have been almost impossible to pull off. Raza's people were trailing the train relentlessly and it's doubtful that five people (one of whom was badly wounded) would have been able to exit the train, along with their horse and all their supplies, without being noticed, especially while the train was moving. 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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Impressive Hybrid to "The Wild Bunch".
21 October 2003 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

A rich Texas landowner (the elderly Ralph Bellamy) hires three men (Robert Ryan, Burt Lancaster and Lee Marvin) to go into Mexico and return his beautiful wife (the ultra-erotic Claudia Cardinale) to him after she was kidnapped by a gang of ruthless thugs led by Jack Palance (made up to look Hispanic). The three accept the challenge, wanting to get paid handsomely of course, but as they advance and get closer to Cardinale a thin line develops and it becomes unclear if everything is really the way it appears to be. The scope of a quickly changing West before a backdrop of the Mexican Revolution only adds to a movie that nearly touches greatness. Writer/director Richard Brooks (Oscar-nominated in both categories) began to knock on the door with a potentially very dark Western here and in 1969 director Sam Peckinpah would knock that door down with the amazing "The Wild Bunch". Brooks, not known for this genre, created a legitimate winner here with this production. Sometimes though the characters lose out because of the beautiful cinematography by Conrad L. Hall (Oscar-nominated) and the fact that Cardinale is just illuminating when on the screen (she is the only actress with any substantial screen-time). Her amazing beauty overshadows all the males throughout. Thought-provoking, action-packed and highly interesting, "The Professionals" is a sometimes forgotten would-be masterpiece from the usually impressive genre. 4 stars out of 5.


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