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

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  • Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations.
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Dolworth
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Fardan
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Ehrengard
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Jake
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Raza
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Maria
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Grant
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Ortega
Rafael Bertrand ...
Fierro
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Padillia
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Chiquita
José Chávez ...
Revolutionary (as Jose Chavez)
Carlos Romero ...
Revolutionary
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Banker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Cadiente ...
(uncredited)
Vincente Cadiente ...
(uncredited)
Elizabeth Campbell ...
Mexican Girl (uncredited)
Don Carlos ...
Bandit (uncredited)
Leigh Chapman ...
Lady (uncredited)
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Bandit (uncredited)
Dirk Evans ...
Man at Door (uncredited)
Foster Hood ...
(uncredited)
Darwin Lamb ...
Hooper - Grant's Associate (uncredited)
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Jake's Prisoner (uncredited)
John Lopez ...
Mexican Servant (uncredited)
John McKee ...
Sheriff (uncredited)
Henry O'Brien ...
(uncredited)
Philip L. Parslow ...
Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
Ron Veto ...
Mexican soldier (uncredited)

Directed by

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Richard Brooks

Written by

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Frank O'Rourke ... (novel "A Mule for the Marquesa")
 
Richard Brooks ... (written for the screen by)

Produced by

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Richard Brooks ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Maurice Jarre

Cinematography by

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Conrad L. Hall ... director of photography (as Conrad Hall)

Film Editing by

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Peter Zinner

Art Direction by

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Ted Haworth ... (as Edward S. Haworth)

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Frank Tuttle

Makeup Department

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Jackie Bone ... hairdresser
Robert J. Schiffer ... makeup artist (as Robert Schiffer)

Production Management

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Lee Lukather ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Tom Shaw ... assistant director

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Joe LaBella ... property master (as Joseph La Bella)

Sound Department

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Del Harris ... sound effects
Jack Haynes ... sound
William Randall ... sound (as William Randall Jr.)
Charles J. Rice ... sound supervisor
Kay Rose ... sound effects

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Willis Cook ... special effects
Chuck Gaspar ... special effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Boyd Cabeen ... stunt double (uncredited)
John Epper ... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Epper ... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins ... stunts (uncredited)
John McKee ... stunts (uncredited)
Bobby Somers ... stunts (uncredited)
Ron Veto ... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Harry Sundby ... chief electrician
Bobby Byrne ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jordan Cronenweth ... assistant camera (uncredited)
William A. Fraker ... camera operator (uncredited)
Michael A. Jones ... assistant chief lighting technician (uncredited)
John Livesley ... key grip (uncredited)
Charles Rosher Jr. ... camera operator (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Jack Martell ... wardrobe

Music Department

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Maurice Jarre ... conductor
Maury Winetrobe ... music editor
Leo Arnaud ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

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John Franco ... script supervisor
Dominic Santarone ... caterer (uncredited)
Ruth Santarone ... caterer (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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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Taglines It Captures The Flavor Of A Brawling Lusty Mexico! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Les professionnels (France)
  • Die gefürchteten Vier (Germany)
  • Els professionals (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Los profesionales (Spain)
  • De 4 Geweldenaars (Netherlands)
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  • 117 min
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Trivia During the filming of the scene where Maria attempts to escape through a canyon wired with dynamite, Claudia Cardinale's stunt double was badly injured during the explosion. Cardinale, who had never ridden a horse before, performed the stunt herself for the final cut, and escaped uninjured. See more »
Goofs At the end of the scene when they are sitting on a ridge line talking about battles and promises, Farden exits the shot. Dolworth puts his cigar in his mouth and puts his binoculars to his eyes backwards, small lenses out. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Predator/Million Dollar Mystery/The Believers/Salvation (1987). See more »
Soundtracks Proposition For The Professionals - Main Title See more »
Quotes Rico: So what else is on your mind besides hundred-proof women, 'n' ninety-proof whiskey, 'n' fourteen-carat gold?
Bill Dolworth: Amigo, you just wrote my epitaph!
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