Professionals

The Professionals

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Director: Richard Brooks

Cast: Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan

     
 

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Grant (Ralph Bellamy) is a wealthy rancher who hires four mercenaries to retrieve his wife, Maria (Claudia Cardinale), from the clutches of the desperado Raza (Jack Palance) in this Western adventure set in 1917. Dolworth (Burt Lancaster) is a munitions expert who joins gunslinger Fardan (Lee Marvin), horse trainer Hans Ehrengard (Robert Ryan<…  See more details below

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Grant (Ralph Bellamy) is a wealthy rancher who hires four mercenaries to retrieve his wife, Maria (Claudia Cardinale), from the clutches of the desperado Raza (Jack Palance) in this Western adventure set in 1917. Dolworth (Burt Lancaster) is a munitions expert who joins gunslinger Fardan (Lee Marvin), horse trainer Hans Ehrengard (Robert Ryan), and longbow master Jake (Woody Strode) when the men are offered 10,000 dollars apiece for the safe return of Grant's kidnapped wife. The cadre travels 100 miles into Mexico to retrieve the woman, whom they later discover wants to remain with Raza, but they decide to nab Maria anyway to make good on the money. Soon Fardan, Hans, and Jake are chased across the border by the enraged Raza and his equally deadly female accomplice Chiquita (Marie Gomez), while Dolworth stays behind to fight off Raza's Mexican banditos. The film received Academy Award nominations for Best Direction (Richard Brooks), Best Screenplay (Brooks again), and Best Cinematography (Conrad L. Hall).

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Much like star Lee Marvin's later success, 1967's The Dirty Dozen, The Professionals is a finely crafted action picture with an impressive and entertaining ensemble cast. Marvin was in the most successful period of his career, and his performance in The Professionals -- along with his turns in Dozen and Point Blank the following year -- conveyed his distinctive tough persona better than any of his other work. Produced, written, and directed by Hollywood veteran Richard Brooks, the movie also features notable supporting work by Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, and Jack Palance. Brooks and cinematographer Conrad Hall would re-team for the stark crime story In Cold Blood.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2008
UPC:
0043396162150
Original Release:
1966
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
ABC
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:57:00
Sales rank:
20,589

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burt Lancaster Bill Dolworth
Lee Marvin Rico (Henry Fardan)
Robert Ryan Hans Ehrengard
Jack Palance Capt. Jesus Raza
Claudia Cardinale Maria Grant
Woody Strode Jake Sharp
Ralph Bellamy J.W. Grant
Joe de Santis Pasual Ortega
Rafael Bertrand Fierro
Jorge Martinez de Hoyos Eduardo Padillia
Marie Gomez Chiquita
José Chavez Revolutionary
Carlos Romero Revolutionary
Vaughn Taylor Banker
David Cadiente Actor
Elizabeth Campbell Mexican Girl
Don Carlos Bandit
Leigh Chapman Lady
Roberto Contreras Actor
Foster Hood Actor
Darwin Lamb Hooper
Edward Little Sky The Prisoner
John R. McKee Sheriff
Henry O'Brien Actor
Dirk Evans Man at Door
Jorge Marchegiant Eduardo Padilla

Technical Credits
Richard Brooks Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Willis Cook Special Effects
Conrad L. Hall Cinematographer
Edward S. Haworth Art Director
Maurice Jarre Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack Martell Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert J. Schiffer Makeup
Tom Shaw Asst. Director
Frank A. Tuttle Set Decoration/Design
Peter Zinner Editor

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The Professionals 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was excellent entertainment, unless you look deeply into the moral of the story and you detach from the suffering that death brings. The critics say that the characters are not believable and neither is the movie. OK, I agree with them, but the movie is so good that you do not notice it. The movie was very good because the actors were well cast and did a good job. I waited for over half of the movie length to see Claudia Cardinale. The wait was worth it. She played her role well and was very charming. I also liked the character 'Chiquita', played by Marie Gomez. The Villain, Captain Raza, played by Jack Palanza, was very good as the macho bandit. Watching this movie made in 1966, today in the year 2003, gave me a sense of sadness because the actors Burt Lancaster and Lee Marvin, are no longer alive. When they played that movie, they were about my age. Their passing away reminded me that my time is coming too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful western combining action, romance & a touch of comedy. A superb cast including many of our finest actors, albeit, many have gone on to the final roundup in the sky. Added plus - Ralph Bellamy in a small, but requisite role that sets the story in motion.
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