The Professionals

The Professionals

DVD - 2005
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Soldier of fortune Burt Lancaster leads a rugged team of mercenaries to rescue a beautiful woman who has been kidnapped by Mexican revolutionary Captain Rasa (Jack Palance).
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, 2005.
Edition: Special ed., anamorphic widescreen.
ISBN: 9781404968431
1404968431
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 1 hr. 57 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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Raconteur
Apr 04, 2018

I'll admit, I'm a sucker for "a team goes on a mission" movies like "The Dirty Dozen" and "The Italian Job." I saw this in the theater at a Western festival and enjoyed it on the big screen. I was in the mood for a Western and decided to watch it again on DVD. I always catch it on TV if it airs. Not in the pantheon of classics, but a fun ride. I agree with other comments about a weak script. I love the concept of the mission and Burt Lancaster and Lee Marvin are the best parts of the film. They can just "be" on screen and tell you pages of information. Jack Palance shows up and even Claudia Cardinale and Ralph Bellamy. Definitely worth the viewing if you are a Western fan.

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TravissT
May 20, 2016

Laughably overrated crapola by the dreadful Brooks, who's always looking to spin a 'ripping yarn' at the expense of character development or any sort of naturalism. Lavishly praised by critics at the time, it was made to look ridiculous by the Wild Bunch a couple year later.

kevfarley Jan 23, 2015

Perfect pacing in this well told tale.
(And all without CGI or wire-work !)

After all these years, its still one of my all-time favorite Westerns.

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Monolith
Jun 05, 2013

Weak script. Lancaster's and Marvin's were the only substantive roles, and they were just going through the motions. Ryan's part was secondary, and Woody Strode just played with his bow and arrows. Palance's character barely spoke until the end of the movie. But, even with that being said, those heavyweight actors still made it a decent Western. And, oh yeah, the INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL Claudia Cardinale...

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Monolith
Jun 06, 2013

Henry 'Rico' Fardan: "So what else is on your mind besides hundred-proof women, 'n' ninety-proof whiskey, 'n' fourteen-karat gold?" Bill Dolworth: "Amigo, you just wrote my epitaph!"

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Monolith
Jun 06, 2013

Jesus Raza (in a standoff, after gunplay between the two): "Where did the bullet bite you?" Bill Dolworth: "In the ass. You?" Jesus Raza (looking at the bullet wound in his thigh): "Oh... another two inches... Mamacita!"

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