The Professionals (1966)

The Professionals (1966)
The Professionals (1966)
  • PG-13
  • 1h 57m
  • 1966
Fresh88%
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Burt Lancaster and Lee Marvin headline the top-notch, rip-roaring Western action/adventure, The Professionals. Four soldiers of fortune are hired by a wealthy Texan oil baron (Ralph Bellamy) to rescue his kidnapped wife (Claudia Cardinale), who's been spirited across the Mexican Border by a band of mercenaries led by Jesus Raza (Jack Palance). The four rugged professionals, each regarded as a specialist in his selected field - an expert marksman and tracker (Woody Strode), the explosives master(Lancaster), horse handler (Robert Ryan) and one skilled in tactics and weaponry (Marvin) - make their way across the treacherous landscape to retrieve the beautiful kidnappee, but discover all is not what it seems in the explosive climax. Excellent performances from an all-star cast, Maurice Jarre's haunting musical score and surprising plot twists make The Professionals a true classic. The Professionals garnered three Academy Award® nominations; two for Richard Brooks (Best Direction and Best Adapted Screenplay) and another for the esteemed Conrad Hall (Best Cinematography). The filmmakers received the same nominations the following year for the true crime classic, In Cold Blood.
© 1966 renewed 1994 Pax Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Fresh88%
Reviews
Variety
Variety Staff
Fresh

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

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Rotten

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

June 21, 2017
Movie Metropolis
James Plath
Fresh

The Professionals may not rank as one of the all-time classic Westerns, but it's a respectable--an...

June 21, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Action
  • Release Date:November 2, 1966
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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