Rating: 7.5 stars
Seen 1 time
Seen on: 08/09/2019
The Professionals is a 1966 American Western film directed by Richard Brooks. A kidnap-rescue adventure set in about 1917, it features a small group of experts heading into Mexico to free the Mexican-born wife of a wealthy Texan from several hundred bandits. The film is based on the novel A Mule for the Marquesa by Frank O’Rourke.
Rated PG-13 | Length 117 minutes
Ralph Bellamy | Vaughn Taylor | Jack Palance | Claudia Cardinale | Woody Strode | Robert Ryan | Burt Lancaster | Jorge Martínez de Hoyos | Lee Marvin | Joe De Santis | José Chávez | Marie Gomez | Rafael Bertrand | Carlos Romero
This is real good movie. Great cast among all the primaries and a fun story. Cool to see all these Hollywood tough guys together and I love Palance as the Mexican “villain” here. Interesting how this is setup to be Lee Marvin’s movie but really it’s Burt Lancaster’s movie. He’s terrific and I’m just amazed that he was older than me when he made this film (52yo) b/c he’s running around doing a lot of his own action work. Robert Ryan is a nice addition and a nice “good guy” role for him as the veteran among these guys (guess he had to be persuaded to join the cast b/c he was feeling so well even tho he’s not that much older than the other guys). Claudia Cardinale is great, too.
Besides this cast, the on-location shooting in all these rugged terrains along with the photography really makes this western look like a western. Big skies and wide vistas. Would love to see this on the big screen.