The Professionals

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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.

  1. Richard Brooks

    Director, Writer

  2. Frank O'Rourke


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  1. Burt Lancaster

    Burt Lancaster

    Bill Dolworth

  2. Lee Marvin

    Lee Marvin

    Henry 'Rico' Fardan

  3. Robert Ryan

    Robert Ryan

    Hans Ehrengard

  4. Woody Strode

    Woody Strode

    Jake Sharp

  5. Jack Palance

    Jack Palance

    Jesus Raza

  6. Claudia Cardinale

    Claudia Cardinale

    Mrs. Maria Grant

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 57m

Budget -

Revenue -

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Release Information

  • November 1, 1966
    PG-13, Theatrical



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A review by John Chard

By John Chard

4 soldiers of fortune, one kidnapped wife, one explosive mission.

The Professionals comes out of Columbia Pictures and it is based around the novel "A Mule for the Marquesa" written by Frank O'Rourke. Written and directed by Richard Brooks it stars Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan, Woody Strode, Jack Palance and Claudia Cardinale. A Panavision and Technicolor presentation it features cinematography by Conrad L. Hall and Maurice Jarre scores the music.

One of the stand out Oaters from the 1960s that is often forgotten in light of what was to come from Sam Peckinpah three years late... read the rest.

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