The Professionals
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Grant (Ralph Bellamy) is a wealthy rancher who hires four mercenaries to retrieve his wife, Maria (Claudia Cardinale), from the clutches of the desperado Raza (Jack Palance) in this Western adventure set in 1917. Dolworth (Burt Lancaster) is a munitions expert who joins gunslinger Fardan (Lee Marvin), horse trainer Hans Ehrengard (Robert Ryan), and longbow master Jake (Woody Strode) when the men are offered 10,000 dollars apiece for the safe return of Grant's kidnapped wife. The cadre travels 100 miles into Mexico to retrieve the woman, whom they later discover wants to remain with Raza,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Exciting explosive sequences, good overall pacing and acting overcome a sometimes thin script."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It's one of Brooks's more eloquent and witty films."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A rock-solid piece of Western Adventure entertainment. Marvin, Lancaster & Palance!"
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"It's far too entertaining to be lumped in with portentous epics like Dances With Wolves and How The West Was Won."
‑ , Film4
"Underrated all-star western."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A truly adventuresome, action-filled film that is played more for thrills than for conveying a story."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A topnotch Western."
‑ John Urbancich, Your Movies (
"It's 'guys on a mission' time in this wonderful but improbable tale."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"It was comprehensively eclipsed by Peckinpah's ostensibly similar The Wild Bunch."
‑ , Time Out
"Top notch western adventure laden with macho stars Lancaster, Marvin and Palance."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"It's a little dated and has a few shot-on-bad-studio-set moments, but on the whole it's an impressive film, even if you don't normally care for Westerns."
‑ Christopher Null,
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