A rich Texan, J.W. Grant, selects three men and invites them to his private train to offer them a contract: Rescue his wife who has been kidnapped by a Mexican revolutionary. The leader of the men, Rico, decides they would be a better team if Grant would hire one more man, an explosives expert. Grant quickly agrees and soon the four are off to complete the contract. However, while on the trail, they discover some interesting facts, like has Mrs. Grant 'really' been kidnapped?Written by
The success of the movie led to calls from the studio for a sequel, but only with the four principals actors involved because of the fiasco surrounding the sequel to "The Magnificent Seven," where only Yul Brynner returned. However, all of the principals had full filming schedules. By the time any space could be cleared, Robert Ryan's health (due to lung cancer) made it impossible for him to perform the physical work necessary for the movie. After his death in 1973, all plans for a sequel were scrapped. See more »
Jake tells the others "Raza and six" are pursuing them, from his vantage point. But it's Raza and 7 instead. In his delaying action, Dolworth kills six of Raza's men, then has to kill Chiquita also, when she rides up and tries to shoot him--leaving Raza wounded but still alive. See more »
Rico! All clear. By the way, I forgot to bring your wooden cross. Your *upside-down* cross.
[gun battle erupts]
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A rich Texas landowner (the elderly Ralph Bellamy) hires three men (Robert Ryan, Burt Lancaster and Lee Marvin) to go into Mexico and return his beautiful wife (the ultra-erotic Claudia Cardinale) to him after she was kidnapped by a gang of ruthless thugs led by Jack Palance (made up to look Hispanic). The three accept the challenge, wanting to get paid handsomely of course, but as they advance and get closer to Cardinale a thin line develops and it becomes unclear if everything is really the way it appears to be. The scope of a quickly changing West before a backdrop of the Mexican Revolution only adds to a movie that nearly touches greatness. Writer/director Richard Brooks (Oscar-nominated in both categories) began to knock on the door with a potentially very dark Western here and in 1969 director Sam Peckinpah would knock that door down with the amazing "The Wild Bunch". Brooks, not known for this genre, created a legitimate winner here with this production. Sometimes though the characters lose out because of the beautiful cinematography by Conrad L. Hall (Oscar-nominated) and the fact that Cardinale is just illuminating when on the screen (she is the only actress with any substantial screen-time). Her amazing beauty overshadows all the males throughout. Thought-provoking, action-packed and highly interesting, "The Professionals" is a sometimes forgotten would-be masterpiece from the usually impressive genre. 4 stars out of 5.
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