The Professionals

The Professionals

Richard Brooks (1966)

A Certificate


Our Score
Grittily shot in canyon country, bursting with violence and with pit stops for pithy philosophising, this is one of the last westerns one can call a "classic". With more than a passing nod to The Magnificent Seven, made six years earlier, Richard Brooks's action-filled addition to the genre was a box-office smash, repairing the damage that the flop Lord Jim had done to his reputation two years before. Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan and Woody Strode are the magnificent four, flawed and fearsome, hired to rescue Claudia Cardinale from the clutches of manic Mexican bandit Jack Palance. Prolific film composer Maurice Jarre provides a suitably evocative score.


A wealthy Texan hires four mercenaries to rescue his wife, who has been abducted and taken to Mexico by a bandit gang. However, when they find her, she refuses to leave and they have to take her by force - ending in a cross-border chase with the outlaws on their trail. Western adventure, with Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan, Woody Strode, Jack Palance and Claudia Cardinale.

Cast & Crew

Bill Dolworth Burt Lancaster
Henry Rico Farden Lee Marvin
Hans Ehrengard Robert Ryan
Captain Jesus Raza Jack Palance
Maria Grant Claudia Cardinale
JW Grant Ralph Bellamy
Jacob Sharp Woody Strode
Ortega Joe De Santis
Fierro Rafael Bertrand
Padilla Jorge Martinez de Hoyos
Chiquita Marie Gomez
Director Richard Brooks
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray