The Professionals
The Professionals (1966)

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)… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 2, 1966
DVD Release Date: July 13, 1999
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Exciting explosive sequences, good overall pacing and acting overcome a sometimes thin script.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's one of Brooks's more eloquent and witty films.

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Scott Weinberg

A rock-solid piece of Western Adventure entertainment. Marvin, Lancaster & Palance!

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Underrated all-star western.

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TV Guide

A truly adventuresome, action-filled film that is played more for thrills than for conveying a story.

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John Urbancich
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A topnotch Western.

Time Out

It was comprehensively eclipsed by Peckinpah's ostensibly similar The Wild Bunch.

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Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Top notch western adventure laden with macho stars Lancaster, Marvin and Palance.

Christopher Null

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
The set-up of rough guys getting hired to free a kidnapped woman seems somewhat generic for Western films of that era, but the movie takes a few unexpected… More
jay nixon
Good cast, ordinary western.
Ken Stachnik
This is Badass.<br/><br/>Jack Palance as a mexican<br/>Lee Marvin as Lee Marvin<br/>A mine car chase<br/>Exploding… More
Tim Salmons
A fine western. It's just too bad that it can be slow up until the middle of the film.
Randy Tippy
<i>Son of the Magnificent Seven</i> - With few exceptions, westerns tend to follow a basic formula: bad guys, good guys, horses & guns.… More
Chris Weber
What keeps this from getting 4.5 stars is that while the script is pretty good, it's just a bt too routine as far as the story goes. Everything else about… More