Watch: The Professionals 1966 123movies, Full Movie Online – A rich Texan, J.W. Grant, selects three men and invites them to his private train to offer them a contract: Rescue his wife who has been kidnapped by a Mexican revolutionary. The leader of the men, Rico, decides they would be a better team if Grant would hire one more man, an explosives expert. Grant quickly agrees and soon the four are off to complete the contract. However, while on the trail, they discover some interesting facts, like has Mrs. Grant ‘really’ been kidnapped?.
Plot: An arrogant Texas millionaire hires four adventurers to rescue his kidnapped wife from a notorious Mexican bandit.
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Sensational Zapata Western excellently acted and marvelously photographed
Based on novel by Frank O’Rourke titled ¨A mule for the Marquese¨ and screen-written with fine eye by Richard Brooks ; it deals about some aging mercenaries who get chance redeem themselves . A wealthy magnate named Grant (Ralph Bellamy) employs a group of expert mercenaries, as the title characters, to rescue his wife (Claudia Cardinale), from the clutches of Raza (Jack Palance)who allegedly abducted her . The bunch (Woody Strode, Robert Ryan) is led by Fardan(Lee Marvin) and Dodworth(Burt Lancaster). The two mercenaries (Marvin,Lancaster) and Raza (Palance) had previously fought in Mexican Revolution and entering in City of Mexico along with Pancho Villa and Emilio Zapata.
A kidnapping and its rescue is the subject of this stunning adventure , an epic in every sense of word. Exciting, funny and well acted , especially by Burt Lancaster as tough soldier-of-fortune. It was deservedly nominated to Academy Award for direction, screenplay, cinematography and score. Photographed in Technicolor and Panavison by Conrad Hall in Valley of Fire State Park and its Coyote Pass and Deah Valley (Nevada) where was built a Mexican headquarter for the Mexican guerrilla. Exceptional soundtrack by Maurice Jarre, now classic, with Mexican and military music. Directed and screen-played with magnificent style by Richard Brooks (Elmer Gantry, In cold blood, lord Jim) who subsequently directed another good Western titled ¨Bite the bullet¨ with Gene Hackman and Candice Bergen .The ¨Professionals¨ is an authentic must see, not to be missed for buffs of the genre. A successful movie during its theatrical release because of its awesome acting, dialog, score are world class.
excellent action-adventure yarn
This was an excellent movie with only one minor quibble on my part. Towards the end, when Burt Lancaster is taking on the Jack Palance and his men in the canyon, the dialog suddenly becomes REALLY annoying and at one point consists of about 15 metaphors spoken by both characters in about 2 minutes time–as well as the many clichés! What happened to the good dialog prior to this? Well, I guess any writer can have a lull.
Apart from that, the acting and writing are good. I especially like the actors they chose–I always like seeing Woody Strode, and Ryan, Lancaster and Marvin are all good as tough but professional guns for hire. And, despite Cardinale being Italian and Palance being an American, both were fine as Mexicans. Really I have no complaints about the movie except for the still scene in the canyons–WHAT occurred wasn’t the problem it was just how the characters suddenly TALK and TALK and TALK–something that was thankfully avoided in the first 80% of the movie.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 57 min (117 min), 2 hr 3 min (123 min) (UK)
Genre Action, Adventure, Western
Director Richard Brooks
Writer Frank O’Rourke, Richard Brooks
Actors Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 3 Oscars. 3 wins & 9 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix 4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording), Mono
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Mitchell BNC (uncredited), Panavision Lenses (uncredited)
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (color by) (as Technicolor®)
Film Length 3,230 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic) (filmed in) (as Panavision®)
Printed Film Format 35 mm