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The Professionals (1966)




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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). ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Richard Brooks
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 13, 1999
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Burt Lancaster
as Bill Dolworth
Lee Marvin
as Henry "Rico" Fardan
Robert Ryan
as Hans Ehrengard
Claudia Cardinale
as Mrs. Maria Grant
Jack Palance
as Capt. Jesus Raza
Ralph Bellamy
as J.W. Grant
Woody Strode
as Jacob Sharp
Marie Gomez
as Chiquita
Jose Chavez
as Revolutionary
Carlos Romero
as Revolutionary
Don Carlos
as Bandit
Elizabeth Campbell
as Mexican Girl
John Lopez
as Mexican Servant
Dirk Evans
as Man at Door
John McKee
as Sheriff
Edward Little Sky
as The Prisoner
Eddie Little Sky
as The Prisoner
Phil Parslow
as Deputy Sheriff
Jorge Marchegiant
as Eduardo Padilla
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Critic Reviews for The Professionals

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

Exciting explosive sequences, good overall pacing and acting overcome a sometimes thin script.

Full Review… | April 8, 2008
Top Critic

Underrated all-star western.

Full Review… | April 8, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It was comprehensively eclipsed by Peckinpah's ostensibly similar The Wild Bunch.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's one of Brooks's more eloquent and witty films.

Full Review… | April 14, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A truly adventuresome, action-filled film that is played more for thrills than for conveying a story.

Full Review… | April 8, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Top notch western adventure laden with macho stars Lancaster, Marvin and Palance.

June 15, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Audience Reviews for The Professionals

The set-up of rough guys getting hired to free a kidnapped woman seems somewhat generic for Western films of that era, but the movie takes a few unexpected turns on the way. The action is plenty and filmed decently enough, the landscapes are absolutely gorgeous. Of course it still feels a bit dated but overall it's still a pleasant and entertaining experience from a time long gone.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

This is Badass.Jack Palance as a mexicanLee Marvin as Lee MarvinA mine car chaseExploding arrowsThe glorious cleavage of Claudia Cardinale

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


Son of the Magnificent Seven - With few exceptions, westerns tend to follow a basic formula: bad guys, good guys, horses & guns. The Professionals isn't deep or cerebral but it is entertaining. A star-studded genre classic.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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