Actors: Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan, Woody Strode, Jack Palance
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about The Professionals|
|A rich rancher hires four men to go to Mexico to retrieve his wife who's been kidnapped by a Mexican rebel, Raza. The four men are experts in different areas; Henry is an artillary expert, Bill is an explosives expert, Jake is a tracker and Hans is a expert horseman.
The men travel to Mexico, killing several rebels along the way.
When they reach Raza's compound the rig the place with dynomite. However, just before the explosions they discover that the girl, Maria, wasn't really kidnapped, she planned the whole thing with Raza for the ransom money. The men kidnap her from Raza. Raza and his men give chase through the desert.
Bill stays behind to hold off the rebels while the other three men continue on with Maria. With the help of his dynamite Bill is able to wound Raza and kill his men. He catches up with the other three as they meet up with the rancher.
Raza, barely able to ride, catches up to them and he and Maria embrace.
The rancher orders one of his men to kill Raza, but Bill and Henry stopped him.
The four men, realizing that the real bad guy is the rancher, let Raza and Maria go, allowing them to return to Mexico together.
--Brandon Swenson, Resident Scholar
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Movie
Actual chase scenes or violence - 50%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
Time/Era of Movie:
- 19th century
Kind of western:
- very short/crewcut (man)
- average (man)
Events of movie makes character more...
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- hard edged
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
Secondary Main Character
- brunette (Brown)
- (man) short/standard curly
- average build (man)
How much in movie?
- White (American)
- an entire race
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
The Americas (not US):
- moving train
Accounts of torture and death?
- non-gory references to death/punishment
Movie makes you feel...
How many deaths in film?
- 8 or more
How much use of techno gadgets?
- 1 ()
Kind of violence:
Unusual forms of death
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