The Professionals

1966

Action / Adventure / Western

10
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 93%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 82%
IMDb Rating 7.4 10 11209

Synopsis


Uploaded By: LINUS
Downloaded 27,599 times
January 26, 2016 at 03:51 PM

Director

Cast

Burt Lancaster as Dolworth
Lee Marvin as Fardan
Jack Palance as Raza
720p.BLU 1080p.BLU
849.18 MB
1280*544
English
PG-13
23.976 fps
1hr 57 min
P/S 0 / 10
1.77 GB
1920*816
English
PG-13
23.976 fps
1hr 57 min
P/S 3 / 7

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by elvircorhodzic 8 / 10

"Maybe there's only one revolution, since the beginning, the good guys against the bad guys. Question is, who are the good guys?"

THE PROFESSIONALS is adventurous western film, that offers an exciting and very tense heroic action in a dangerous and inaccessible desert landscape. An unusual introduction, brutal actions without excessive melodrama and a constant cynicism are the biggest advantages of this film. The script was adapted from the novel "A Mule for the Marquesa" by Frank O'Rourke.

During the Mexican Revolution, a powerful and wealthy rancher hires four men, who are all experts in their respective fields, to rescue his kidnapped wife Maria from the clutches of the desperado Raza. Raza is a former revolutionary leader. The professionals ravels 100 miles into Mexico to retrieve the woman. After crossing the Mexican border, the team tracks the bandits to their hideout. They witness soldiers on a government train being massacred by Raza's small army. The professionals follow the captured train to the end of the line and retake it from the bandits. Their rescue operation is successful, but it seems that a rich rancher's not telling the truth...

Charismatic characters are skillfully grooved between their professionalism, past, justice and truth. The money as a powerful motive is contrary to their ideals. However, money is part of their job, even if they do not reach it.

The atmosphere is very good, the characterization is not bad either.

Lee Marvin as Henry 'Rico' Fardan is a former military officer and expert on modern weapons. He is a former participant in the Mexican Revolution, which left big scars in his heart. Fardan is a mysterious character with a high degree of respect for his work, revolution and past. Burt Lancaster as Bill Dolworth is an expert in explosives. Dolworth is an impulsive character who will accept any bid and draw the best from it. It seems that his weakness are beautiful, rebellious and strong women such as Maria (Claudia Cardinale) and Chiquita (Marie Gomez) Robert Ryan as Hans Ehrengard is a horse trainer who adopts a brutal lesson from his colleagues. Woody Strode as Jake Sharp is a master of crafts as a traditional Apache scout.

Jack Palance as Jesus Raza is a typical character of a revolutionary, who has, after the disappointment in his ideal, became a bandit. Ralph Bellamy as Joe Grant is sort of the epitome of what comes after every bloody revolution.

Reviewed by Martin Bradley 8 / 10

No classic but it does stand up to repeated viewings

The title could refer to any of the cast or crew of this hugely enjoyable western though "The Professionals" of the title are actually Lee Marvin, Burt Lancaster, Woody Strode and Robert Ryan who are hired by Ralph Bellamy to rescue his wife, Claudia Cardinale, from kidnapper Jack Palance. It's a handsome, exciting picture and it earned director Richard Brooks an Oscar nomination, (Cinematographer Conrad Hall was also one of the film's three nominees), but it's the cast who carry it, not, of course, that they have to do any 'real' acting. This is a movie that depends on star power and by the time this was made, (1966), Marvin, Lancaster, Strode and Ryan were already approaching 'old-timer' status; certainly their stars had been in the ascendant for awhile.

As the wife, Cardinale is more of a guest star and while the film did not launch her in America I wonder if Leone saw her in this before he cast "Once Upon a Time in the West". Palance is Palance which is all you want him to be while Bellamy seems grateful just to get a decent part at this stage of his career. It may not be a classic but it certainly stands up to repeated viewings.

Reviewed by dworldeater 9 / 10

Very professional indeed, an excellent western

The Professionals is a great ensemble cast western. This "men on a mission'' movie has an all star cast of Lee Marvin, Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan and Woody Strode. These men are brought together by Ralph Bellamy, a rich Texas millionaire to retrieve his wife from a Mexican rebel(Jack Palance). To get back Mrs. Maria Grant gets the four men a big payday, so they cross the border to grab the lovely Claudia Cardinale for their wealthy employer. The film is very well made, action packed with lots of great character development and excellent witty dialouge. While behind the scenes I guess Lee Marvin and Burt Lancaster did not get along, they have excellent chemistry here and had given great performances. The film looks great and is very well put together overall. The Professionals is a very apt title, not just for plot sake, but the entire cast and crew took this very seriously and made a very good film that is hard to beat. If you are a fan of similar productions like The Dirty Dozen and The Wild Bunch(which both came out later than this), The Professionals is essential as well and is an amazing movie.

Read more IMDb reviews

1 Comments

Be the first to leave a comment