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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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It Captures The Flavor Of A Brawling Lusty Mexico! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

13 December 1966 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Die gefürchteten Vier See more »

Filming Locations:

Bavispe, Sonora, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$19,537,346
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)| Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In his book, "Lee Marvin: Point Blank", author Dwayne Epstein describes Richard Brooks as an old fashioned, screaming director who drove his cast and crew to exhaustion, causing them to blow off steam at night when they got back to their Las Vegas hotel. Lee Marvin and Woody Strode created legendary debauches in the casinos, but still managed to perform the next day. No matter what they'd been up to the night before, Marvin was a total professional by the time they arrived on the set the next day. According to Strode, "I saw it when we'd drive to the set. He'd study the dialogue, and by the time we got to the set, he got it all in his head. He'd say, 'Now watch me make Burt blow all his lines'. Burt's been up all night studying and going through the regular routine an actor would go through. Lee didn't do that. Guy was gifted." See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, Grant (Ralph Belamy) is told that his satchel contains $100,000 in gold coins, with "nothing larger than a $50 piece." The highest value gold coin issued by the US mint was only $20. Also, at the official rate of $21 per oz at the time, $100,000 in gold would weigh over 300 lbs. The banker and Belamy both handle the satchel one-handed. See more »

Quotes

Hans Ehrengard: Draw your pay, mister.
Horseman: Well you wanted him broken, didn't ya?
Hans Ehrengard: Yeah. But not ruined. Now get outa here.
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Soundtracks

Hacienda Olé
(uncredited)
Written and Performed by Orchestra Maurice Jarre
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Everything about the film is professional
29 December 2003 | by Poseidon-3See all my reviews

Set in the aftermath of the Mexican revolution, this action drama concerns the rescue of a Mexican lady (Cardinale) who is married to a rich, older, white man (Bellamy.) She has been taken from her American home back down to Mexico by notorious outlaw Palance. Bellamy hires a motley crew of mercenaries to retrieve Cardinale, promising them $10,000 each upon her return. The crew is led by tough as nails Marvin and includes free-wheeling dynamite-man Lancaster, sensitive rustler Ryan and archery expert Strode. This foursome sets out across punishing desert terrain to reach Cardinale and bring her back to the U.S. border. The job is at least as difficult as they expected and getting back to the border is as hard, if not harder, than getting to Palance's lair was. The film has an exceptional ensemble cast of pros. The members of the rescue team form an uneasy affection for one another. Stern Marvin and toothy, off-the-cuff Lancaster make a great pair. Ryan adds years of presence to his smallish role and Strode is his usual imposing physical entity. Palance is always a great villain and has some decent moments here. Bellamy does a nice job with his sketchy character. Cardinale is amazingly curvy and attractive even in the dusty surroundings. There is also a healthy dose of strong action, much of it taking place in the impressive domain of Palance. Dots of humor along the way relieve the tension. Time hasn't been particularly kind to Maurice Jarre's offbeat score and the film could have been just a tad shorter, but overall it is an interesting and absorbing action film.


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