Saturday, February 6, 2010

02-06-10: ...if you can find them, maybe you can hire The Professionals.

D: Richard Brooks. S: Lee Marvin, Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Woody Strode, Claudia Cardinale, Jack Palance.

A Texas millionaire hires four men, each with their own particular set of skills, to rescue his wife who has been kidnapped by a notorius Mexican bandito.

Sounds like your typical western plot, doesn't it?   The Professionals is far from typical.   It's a western filled with adventure, drama, suspense, comedy, morality, romance and justice.   It's kinda like a low-key Silverado, one of my all-time favorite westerns.  Silverado was the high-octane fun adventure whereas The Professionals would be the slow-burn fun adventure.

There are numerous memorable set pieces in the film but I don't wish to discuss them out of risk of spoiling them.

If you have a few hours to fill, this certainly will fit the bill.


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