A CIA operative hires a team of mercenaries to eliminate a Latin dictator and a renegade CIA agent.

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Sylvester Stallone

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Dave Callaham (screenplay) (as David Callaham), Sylvester Stallone (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester Stallone ... Barney Ross
Jason Statham ... Lee Christmas
Jet Li ... Yin Yang
Dolph Lundgren ... Gunner Jensen
Eric Roberts ... James Munroe
Randy Couture ... Toll Road
Steve Austin ... Paine
David Zayas ... General Garza
Giselle Itié ... Sandra
Charisma Carpenter ... Lacy
Gary Daniels ... The Brit
Terry Crews ... Hale Caesar
Mickey Rourke ... Tool
Hank Amos ... Paul
Amin Joseph ... Pirate Leader
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Storyline

Barney Ross leads the "Expendables", a band of highly skilled mercenaries including knife enthusiast Lee Christmas, martial arts expert Yin Yang, heavy weapons specialist Hale Caesar, demolitionist Toll Road and loose-cannon sniper Gunner Jensen. When the group is commissioned by the mysterious Mr. Church to assassinate the merciless dictator of a small South American island, Barney and Lee head to the remote locale to scout out their opposition. Once there, they meet with local rebel Sandra and discover the true nature of the conflict engulfing the city. When they escape the island and Sandra stays behind, Ross must choose to either walk away and save his own life - or attempt a suicidal rescue mission that might just save his soul. Written by ahmetkozan

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong action and bloody violence throughout, and for some language | See all certifications »

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This film marks Arnold Schwarzenegger's first film in five years. He last appeared in The Kid & I (2005) . Schwarzenegger did his cameo for free. See more »

Goofs

When Barney is running after the plane while trying to get off the island the gun magically disappears and reappears in his hand during the run. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Barney Ross: We are the shadows and the smoke, we rise. We are the ghosts that hide in the night.
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Alternate Versions

To receive a 15 certificate the UK cinema version was cut by two seconds to remove two shots of a knife being twisted into a guard's neck. The DVD features the same print though the cut was waived for the upgraded 18 rated Blu-ray release. See more »

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Castille
Written by David Bradnum (ASCAP)
Published by Le Rouge Music, Ltd (ASCAP)
Master under license from Conexion Entertainment Group and Corelli-Jacobs Recording Inc
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Sex and the city,.... for men!
16 August 2010 | by iemand-anders1See all my reviews

I laugh at many of the hate comments as what the hell did they expect? a romantic comedy? award winning performances? deep dialogues? Freudian complex character study?

common give me a break!!! from the start you should know this is all about guns,explosives and one liners from start to finish and homage to silly 80's and 90's action flicks. and this is simply exactly what you get!!

while i will never understand what most woman think so great about sex and the city( fashion? shoes? what the hell?)

so this is for men/boys who will be thrilled to see their old heroes from back in the days once more on screen kicking everybody's ass! (and no, i can appreciate intellectual and deep movies, but it often simply comes down with having the right expectations)


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Release Date:

13 August 2010 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,825,135, 15 August 2010

Gross USA:

$103,068,524

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$274,470,394
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| (extended director's cut)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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