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The Professionals (1966) was a Action - Western Film directed by Richard Brooks and produced by Richard Brooks.

Academy Awards 1966 --- Ceremony Number 39 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best CinematographyConrad HallNominated
Best DirectorRichard BrooksNominated
Best WritingRichard BrooksNominated
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Richard Brooks' The Professionals

By Rick29 on Nov 7, 2019 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

Lee Marvin as the group's leader. It was a commercial and critical success. It earned three Academy Award nominations. It starred two of the biggest stars of the 1960s. And yet, The Professionals (1966) rarely gets the attention it deserves these days. When it was shown on TCM last June, it got a l... Read full article


The Professionals (1966)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 21, 2015 From 4 Star Films

Who wouldn’t be enticed by a film entitled The Professionals? It feels a little like an amalgamation of The Magnificent Seven, The Dirty Dozen, with a ?little sprinkling of Mission Impossible, and dare I say The Wild Bunch? We have a band of four big time pros who are brought together to rescu... Read full article


The Professionals (1966)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 21, 2015 From 4 Star Films

Who wouldn’t be enticed by a film entitled The Professionals? It feels a little like an amalgamation of The Magnificent Seven, The Dirty Dozen, with a ?little sprinkling of Mission Impossible, and dare I say The Wild Bunch? We have a band of four big-time pros who are brought together to rescu... Read full article


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Hans Ehrengard: God almighty, I've known heat before, but this is... I hate the desert. It's got no... pity.
[passes out]


Bill Dolworth: Maybe there's only one revolution, since the beginning, the good guys against the bad guys. Question is, who are the good guys?


Jesus Raza: Where did the bullet bite you?
Bill Dolworth: In the ass. You?
Jesus Raza: [looking at the bullet wound in his thigh] Oh, another two inches, mamacita!


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Plans for a remake were announced in 2000 but as of 2011 haven't been followed through. Among the people attached were screenwriter Bruce Feirstein and director John Woo.
Lee Marvin was drunk throughout a lot of the filming, and was in fact so drunk during a scene atop a giant rock that assistant director Tom Shaw intervened out of fear that Burt Lancaster would "take Lee Marvin by the ass and throw him off that mountain".
After Burt Lancaster ambushes Jack Palance's men and shoots Jack Palance. Palance shouts out for "Francisco". The following shot of a dead Francisco also shows a horse having a bowel movement in the background.
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