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An all-star cast of action-movie icons headline Sylvester Stallone's explosive action thriller about a group of hard-nosed mercenaries who are double-crossed during a treacherous mission. Approached by the shadowy Church Bruce Willis to overthrow tyrannical South American dictator General Gaza David Zayas and restore order to the troubled island country of Vilena, stoic soldier of fortune Barney Ross Stallone rounds up an unstoppable team that includes former SAS soldier and blade specialist Lee Christmas Jason ...
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Overview

An all-star cast of action-movie icons headline Sylvester Stallone's explosive action thriller about a group of hard-nosed mercenaries who are double-crossed during a treacherous mission. Approached by the shadowy Church Bruce Willis to overthrow tyrannical South American dictator General Gaza David Zayas and restore order to the troubled island country of Vilena, stoic soldier of fortune Barney Ross Stallone rounds up an unstoppable team that includes former SAS soldier and blade specialist Lee Christmas Jason Statham; martial arts expert Yin Jet Li; trigger-happy Hale Caesar Terry Crews; and cerebral demolitions expert Toll Road Randy Couture. Traveling to Vilena on a reconnaissance mission with his old pal Christmas, Barney meets their local contact, a cagey guerrilla fighter named Sandra Giselle Itie, and together the trio scopes out the landscape.. It isn't long before Barney and Christmas have discovered that their actual target is not General Gaza but James Monroe Eric Roberts, a former CIA operative who has recently gone rogue. Monroe won't be easy to get to either, because his hulking bodyguard Paine Steve Austin is a force to be reckoned with. When their mission is compromised, Barney and Christmas are forced to flee, leaving Sandra behind to face almost certain death. But Barney isn't the kind of soldier to abandon a mission, or a hostage, and now in order to get the job done he'll need the help of his old crew.
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Special Features

Introduction to the Film by Sylvester Stallone; ; Spike TV's "Action: The Expendables"; Inferno: The Making of The Expendables; ; "Sylvester Stallone: a Director In Action" Featurette; ; "Sinner's Prayer" By Sully Erna Music Video
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
The only way Sylvester Stallone could possibly have crammed more testosterone into The Expendables would be if he'd marinated the actual film prints in the sweat-soaked leotards of WWE wrestlers before shipping them out to theaters. Loud, proud, and ridiculously violent, it's the hard-R, all-star fist-pumper that action fans have been eagerly anticipating since the 1980s. What sets it apart from many of the films from that era, however, is the fact that it's imbued with a self-aware streak that invites fans to laugh along with its countless implausibilities rather than try to tally them. Approached by the shadowy Church Bruce Willis to overthrow tyrannical South American dictator General Gaza David Zayas and restore order to the troubled island country of Vilena, stoic soldier of fortune Barney Ross Stallone rounds up his unstoppable team of mercenaries, which includes former SAS soldier and blade specialist Lee Christmas Jason Statham, martial arts expert Yin Yang Jet Li, trigger-happy Hale Caesar Terry Crews, and cerebral demolitions expert Toll Road Randy Couture. Traveling to Vilena on a reconnaissance mission with his old pal Christmas, Barney meets their local contact, a cagey guerrilla fighter named Sandra Giselle Itie, and together the trio scopes out the landscape. It isn't long before Barney and Christmas have discovered that their actual target is not General Gaza but James Monroe Eric Roberts, a former CIA operative who has recently gone rogue. Monroe won't be easy to get to either, because his hulking bodyguard, Paine Steve Austin, is a force to be reckoned with. When their mission is compromised, Barney and Christmas are forced to flee, leaving Sandra behind to face almost certain death. But Barney isn't the kind of soldier to abandon a mission, or a hostage, and now in order to get the job done he'll need the help of his old crew. The mission is complicated, though, when one of Barney's best men proves too unstable for the task at hand, and decides to start fighting for the other team. In The Expendables, every punch and kick resonates with the resounding thud of a 1,000-year-old redwood slamming down to earth, and every explosion kicks up a mini-mushroom cloud that sends legions of henchmen soaring through the air in slow motion. It's essentially a big, bloody cartoon for nostalgic grown-ups focused on inventive new ways to batter, mangle, and mutilate the human body. As such, it succeeds admirably. Much like he did in 2008's Rambo, director Stallone relishes the opportunity to explore outrageous new extremes in action violence. It's no secret that filmmakers today can get away with quite a bit more while working in the confines of an R rating than they could back in the 1980s, when the MPAA was notorious for cutting action and horror flicks to ribbons, and The Expendables delivers the style of over-the-top thrills that Reagan-era action fans could only dream about, like a guy getting blown in half at the waist as his torso is sent rocketing across the room -- and that's just in the first ten minutes. Unfortunately as a director Stallone still lacks the skill to craft a coherent action scene, yet despite the fact that he falls back on the crutch of shaky cinematography and fast cuts far too frequently, he does punctuate each of his frantic set pieces with a series of increasingly ridiculous, jaw-dropping individual shots that make it a mess worth wading through and give devoted fans a reason to have a blast studying the film frame by frame when it hits the home market. Everyone gets their moment to shine in The Expendables -- even the hammy cameo players -- though the two who arguably get the best scenes are Dolph Lundgren and Crews, both making the absolute most of their screen time as a soldier-turned-junkie and a happy-go-lucky badass with a nuclear-powered shotgun, respectively. To steal the tagline from the notorious 1982 slasher flick Pieces recently restored and released into theaters by Sylvester's son Sage, "it's exactly what you think it is." If the prospect of watching a collection of hulking, macho-talking mercenaries team up to overthrow a ruthless island dictator doesn't appeal to you, either you're not a child of the '80s, or perhaps your inner 12-year-old boy has finally hit puberty.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/13/2011
  • UPC: 031398147961
  • Original Release: 2010
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed / EXTENDED EDITION
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 15,452

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sylvester Stallone Barney 'the schizo' Ross
Jason Statham Lee Christmas
Mickey Rourke Tool
Terry Crews Hale Caesar
Jet Li Yin Yang
Dolph Lundgren Gunner Jensen
Randy Couture Toll Road
David Zayas General Gaza
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin Paine
Charisma Carpenter Lacy
Eric Roberts James Munroe
Giselle Itie Sandra
Arnold Schwarzenegger Trench
Gary Daniels The Brit
Amin Joseph Pirate Leader
Senyo Amoaku Tall Pirate
Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira Garza's Bodyguard #1
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Garza's Bodyguard #2
Sassa Nascimento Vilena Customs Agent
R.A. Rondell Gunner's Goon
Tze Yep Gagged Hostage
Preshas Jenkins Gunner's Pirate
Ronn Surels American Operative
Lauren Jones Cheyenne
Prazeres Barbosa Old Woman Bartender
Jose Vasquez Cell Guard #1
Daniel Arrias Cell Guard #2
Antonio Gullo Farmer
Javier Lambert Squad Leader
Tatsu Carvalho Palace Guard
Marcio Rosario Royal Guard Leader
Paulo Bastos Vilenan Soldier
Hank Amos Paul
Technical Credits
Sylvester Stallone Director, Screenwriter
Deborah Aquila Casting
Ken Blackwell Editor
Dave Callaham Original Story, Screenwriter
Franco-Giacomo Carbone Production Designer
Guymon Casady Executive Producer
Jason Constantine Executive Producer
Boaz Davidson Executive Producer
Ken Diaz Makeup
Danny Dimbort Executive Producer
Robert Earl Co-producer
Jon Feltheimer Executive Producer
Richard L. Fox Asst. Director
Paul Harb Editor
Basil Iwanyk Executive Producer
Jeffrey Kimball Cinematographer
Kevin King-Templeton Producer
Eda Kowan Executive Producer
Paul Ledford Sound Mixer
Avi Lerner Producer
Yunling Man Makeup
Nikki Brown Makeup
Matthew O'Toole Co-producer
Matt O'Toole Co-producer
Andy Rhodes Art Director
J. Celeste Salzer Associate Producer
Trevor Short Executive Producer
Rick Stratton Makeup
Aimee Stuit Makeup
John Thompson Producer
Brian Tyler Score Composer
Andy Weder Special Effects Supervisor
Les Weldon Executive Producer
Lizz Wolf Costumes/Costume Designer
Tricia Wood Casting
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2011

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    A Great Action Film With Every Major Action Star In Modern Film!

    I thoroughly enjoyed this film and I was happy to see Arnold Schwarzenegger back where he belongs: In film. Sylvester Stalone looked pretty fit for a guy who is in his sixties. I liked the fact that all of the major action stars in modern film were in this movie from Jason Stathom, Bruce Willis, Terry Crews, Jet Li, and Mickey Rourke. All of these men made a great combination for a movie and I hope they get together again for another film. Hopefully, Arnold will finally be out of office by then. Overall, this movie not only had a great set of actors, but it also had great fight scenes and explosive action sequences that kept me at the edge of my seat throughout the entire movie. If they make a sequel, I am definitely seeing it.

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  • Posted January 20, 2011

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    Decent but cliche

    Movie was really well put together as action movies go, however they have little plot and a lot of standard action sequences. I do recommend if you are at all a fan of any of these action stars.

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  • Posted November 28, 2010

    Likable Concept with Mixed Results

    The Expendables puts together a cast of some legendary 80's and 90's action stars. Unlike some of the better action-packed movies of the past, this film lacked a good story. With the exception of a ninety second, mid-movie scene by Mickey Rourke, which felt Academy Award quality, the movie feels similar to an old WWF script laced with explosions and gunfire. If you're looking for good story, you won't find it here. If you just want lots of action, you're in for a treat.

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  • Posted October 21, 2010

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    Kick @$$!

    This movie is by far one of the best action movies I've seen in a while! The characters were awesome and the action sequences were pretty cool...most especially the very last one! Doesn't surprise me that it was so bad@$$, being that Sylvester Stallone directed and starred in it. He has had enough experience with action movies to know how to make a good one. If you want a movie with substance...this is not the movie for you. It has some...but not a ton. Now...if you're looking for a man movie with a lot of excellent, no holds barred, guns blazing, explosive action...this, my friend, is the movie for you! It's one of those type of movies that progresses, and there is good action thrown in gradually throughout the course of the movie, and then at the very end is the absolute best action sequence...one of the best in a movie of this particular kind that I have seen. Blew me away! If you're out for a good action thrill...this movie is most definitely worth while! Watch it! A good blue-ray worthy purchase if you ask me.

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