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on September 9, 2012
The Professionals (Richard Brooks, 1966, 117')

The Professionals is a western starring Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan, Woody Strode and Claudia Cardinale. The supporting cast includes Jack Palance and Ralph Bellamy and the film was written and directed by Richard Brooks, whose screenplay was based upon the novel A Mule for the Marquesa by Frank O'Rourke. Music by Maurice Jarre, cinematography Conrad Hall, and editing by Peter Zinner.

In the latter period of the Mexican Revolution, an arrogant Texas millionaire (Ralph Bellamy) hires four adventurers to rescue his kidnapped wife (Cardinale) from a notorious Mexican bandit (Palance). After crossing the Mexican border, the team tracks the bandits to their hideout. After much fighting, the four professionals, with Cardinale and Palance, reach the US border to be met by Bellamy and his own men. Bellamy tells them that their contract has been satisfactorily concluded, even before Cardinale is safely handed over to him.

As Cardinale tends the wounded Palance on the ground, Grant callously turns to one of his men and says, "Kill him." But before the man can shoot, the gun is shot out of his hand by Lancaster who tells Bellamy he has not earned the right to kill a man like Palance. The four professionals then step in to protect Cardinale and Palance. Cardinale, apparently, never was kidnapped from Bellamy by Palance after all.

The professionals collect the wounded Palance, put him on a carriage and, with Cardinale at the reins, send both back to Mexico. Bellamy loses his (arranged marriage) wife, the professionals their reward. The professionals follow the departing carriage to Mexico. A movie where all is right, not only the morale: directing, acting, pacing, timing. Cinema as an art.

The movie received three Academy Award nominations and an enthusiastic critical reception.

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on September 12, 2017
Never heard of this movie before, but wow was it good! Big Lee Marvin fan and Burt Lancaster too. Great story, not to long, This was a great turn of the century movie with a great cast.
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on January 4, 2015
I suddenly felt the need for a 'manly' movie. On my big screen with big sound it was great - at least until I paused it for a potty break. Then it took twenty minutes of stopping and skipping until I could get it started again and for the last half hour it only ran in SD. Since I had paid for HD it was another time when Amazon had created me.

The movie music I noticed was good but not great. Jarre seemed to be channeling 'The Magnificent Seven' but is shorter snippets.
I've seen it before of course. I saw it when it was first released. I noticed then as now that the dialog was a little 'stagy' - real cowboys are unlikely to have ever spoken like that. But half the fun is the artificiality of the setting.
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on May 16, 2017
Hubby had to have it. We all watched it and it was a good movie.
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on July 21, 2017
Came on time and the product is perfect.
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on February 28, 2017
Another good western with a good cast.
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on May 23, 2017
Great movie had to have.
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on August 17, 2017
Great cast and a great movie
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on June 19, 2017
Great western Burt Lancaster at peak form as usual and the rest of the cast is wonderful too.
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on March 17, 2017
I ALWAYS LOVED THIS MOVIE, SO I BOUGHT IT
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