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

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Trivia

Steven Seagal was asked to play a cameo but turned it down due to negative connections with producer Avi Lerner. See more »

Goofs

The silver badge on General Garza's right breast is actually a United States Army Combat Action Badge. It is awarded to non-infantry soldiers who have actually engaged an enemy force in combat, and worn on the left breast. Since it would be nearly impossible for a foreign general to earn a CAB legitimately, the costume department most likely simply picked out a random military badge. 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

The director's cut contains 10 minutes of additional footage plus alternate takes, dialog and soundtrack. (It was first officially released in the summer 2011 on Epix HD and US cable pay per view, before being released on Blu-ray in December 2011.) See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.79 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Keep On Chooglin'
Written by John Fogerty (as John C. Fogerty)
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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the unlovables
21 August 2010 | by northfieldhunchbackSee all my reviews

Remember in the Bruce Willis movie Cop-out when Bruce and his partner discuss a fictional movie to avoid talking or listening to Kevin Pollak?

Can you remember the title of the fictional movie? well that's what i wanted to call my review but somehow i did not think the IMDb would let me.

The Expendables is a slow (until the end), dull, badly acted bore that doesn't make sense. I know we don't expect much in this type of film but there has to be something to keep us interested.

I had expected there to be a lot more action than there was but what there was didn't impress me. Not because of the way it was staged which was good but because of the editing which meant I couldn't really see what was happening.


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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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2.35 : 1
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