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Rough, Tough and Ready.|"Rough, Tough, and Ready."
|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.|
"...one of Brooks's more eloquent and witty films. Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"...an enjoyable Western with an all-star cast...a great movie for any fan of the genre. Dumb Distraction
"Real action, taut excitement, throughout. Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"A rock-solid piece of Western Adventure entertainment. Marvin, Lancaster & Palance! Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"Top notch western adventure laden with macho stars Lancaster, Marvin and Palance. Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"A truly adventuresome, action-filled film... TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Exciting explosive sequences, good overall pacing and acting... Variety
Editor's NoteA wealthy rancher, Frank Carter (Ralph Bellamy), hires four tough gunslingers to rescue his wife (Claudia Cardinale), who is being held captive by Captain Rasa (Jack Palance), one of Pancho Villa's most desperate revolutionaries, in this dynamic and hard-hitting Western set against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution of 1917. The wild West commando team consists of a dynamite expert (Burt Lancaster), an ex-revolutionary and munitions expert (Lee Marvin), a horse specialist (Robert Ryan), and a tracker (Woody Strode). On their mission to return Carter's highly prized wife, they track the Mexican revolutionaries through rough and rugged desert terrain, determined to outsmart, outshoot, and outride anyone they come across--until they meet the the charismatic Rasa and discover that Carter's seductive wife is in love with the Mexican outlaw and has no intention of returning with the band of "professionals." Based on the novel A MULE FOR THE MARQUESA by Frank O'Rourke, this beautifully rendered Western features a star-studded cast delivering finely crafted and charismatic performances. Burt Lancaster is at his acrobatic and mercurial best as the rowdy gunslinger.
Cast & Crew
|Conrad Hall - Cinematographer|
|Frank O'Rourke - Based On Novel By|
|Maurice Jarre - Musical Score|
|Peter Zinner - Editor|
|Richard Brooks - Producer|
|Richard Brooks - Director|
|Richard Brooks - Writer|
Plot SummaryWhen a millionaire hires a group of mercenaries to rescue his wife, Maria, from a local Mexican leader, the old soldiers discover that the kidnapper is their old ally, Raza. Once they dig around a bit deeper, they find that they've been duped--and that Maria is not Raza's captive at all: The two are actually lovers. The realization comes too late, however, for the old comrades have prepared for a final showdown.
|Conrad L. Hall, Nominee, Best Cinematography, Color|
Golden Globe (1967)
|Marie Gomez, Nominee, Most Promising Newcomer - Female|
|Richard Brooks, Nominee, Best Director|
|Richard Brooks, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium|
Golden Globe (1967)
|The Professionals, Nominee, Best Motion Picture - Drama|