The Professionals

Synopsis: 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?
Director(s): Richard Brooks
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
117 min

That's your man.

- Draw your pay.

- You wanted him broken.

Yeah, but not ruined.

Now, get out of here.

Mr. Marshall.

Ever heard of a J.W. Grant?

He needs you. Urgent.

My husband.

Hurry. Hurry.

Please, hurry.

Get out of here.


It's nice to see you.

I'm Joe Grant.

Thank you for coming, Mr. Ehrengard.

Got your telegram, Mr. Grant.

It's a pleasure, Mr. Sharp.

Yeah. Me too, Lizzie.

Mr. Grant, I'm your local

bank representative.

As per your instructions,

this box contains...

Thank you for coming, Mr. Fardan.

The receipt, Mr. Grant.

Exactly $100,000 in gold coins.

Not a coin larger than $50.

That's quite an unusual request.

Thank you. Move out.

Mr. Grant. Slow freight ahead.

- Sidetrack it.

- You should count the money.

- Didn't you count it?

- Well, yes, of course, but...

Thank you.

Henry "Rico" Fardan. Virginia Military

Academy, Philippine campaign...

...Cuba with Roosevelt's Rough

Riders. Married a Mexican woman.

No children. Wife deceased.

Joined Pancho Villa

as weapons expert and tactician.

Your hair was darker then.

My heart was lighter then.

Left Villa's forces, June, 1915.

A year of wildcatting and prospecting.


Now demonstrating automatic

weapons. Salary:
$40 a week.

Hans Ehrengard. Ex-cavalryman,

cattle boss, wrangler...

...bull-whacker, packmaster.

Jacob Sharp. Specialist with rifle,

rope and longbow.

Most dependable scout and tracker

in the territory.

Any objections to working

with a Negro?

What's the job, Mr. Grant?

How well do you know him?

- Well enough.

- What's your feeling toward him?

I have the highest respect for him... a soldier.

Last week, your respected soldier

kidnapped my wife.

His ransom note.

Your job:

A mission of mercy.

Raza. Captain Jesus Raza.


What a name for the bloodiest

cutthroat in Mexico.

Mrs. Grant is a prisoner

about 100 miles across this desert.

A hellhole. For Raza, a fortress.

He was born in that desert.

He and his men know every ravine,

every rock, every cliff.

It'd take a battalion at least a month.

But a few daring men...

...specialists, led by you...

...could do it in one bold, swift stroke.

Why not? You're fluent in Spanish.

You know the terrain.

You know Raza.

How he thinks and reacts.

- I know you can do it.

- I don't think so, Mr. Grant.

One thousand dollars a man going in.

If you bring her back safe and sound...

...another 9000 dollars

for each of you.

- How many men does Raza have?

- Pasqual?

Last month, 150, maybe. Now?

- If I were you, I'd pay the ransom.

- There it is.

One hundred thousand dollars

in gold coins, as requested by Raza.

Will that guarantee that she

won't be killed? You know Raza.

Say we were lucky enough

to get there.

How do we get your wife out? Safely?

Gentlemen, I don't know

where else to turn.

- What we really need is an equalizer.

- Name it.

A dynamiter with a delicate touch

to blow out a candle...

...without denting the candleholder.

- Who?


Arrange to have that man at the train

where we pick up the horses.

- Where is he?

- Not far.

- Get the details.

- In jail.

- In jail?

- He says that $700 will bail him out.

But is he dependable?

Can he be trusted?

I trust him.

Then you've got him.

- Rico, buddy, I don't deserve you.

- I agree.

I can understand you getting

into a crap game and losing $700...

...but how'd you lose your pants?

- In a lady's bedroom.

Trying to raise the cash.

Almost had it made too.

You realise people are the only

animals who make love face to face?

He's all yours.

Thanks. Again.

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Frank O'Rourke

Frank O'Rourke (October 16, 1916 – April 27, 1989) was an American writer known for western and mystery novels and sports fiction. O'Rourke wrote more than 60 novels and numerous magazine articles. Born in Denver, Colorado, he attended Kemper Military School. A very talented amateur baseball player, he considered trying out for a professional team, but was called up for service in World War II. By the end of the war he had decided to become a writer; his first novel was E Company (1945), based in part on his wartime experiences. O'Rourke dedicated the book to Max Brand, whom he knew before the war. In the book O'Rourke named a fictional war correspondent Max Hastings after him.Several of O'Rourke's novels were filmed; The Bravados (1958) was the first, and his novel A Mule for the Marquesa was made into a popular movie named The Professionals (1966). The Great Bank Robbery was filmed in 1969. He married artist Edith Carlson. Later in life, O'Rourke turned to writing children's literature. A long-time sufferer of bronchial asthma, and made even more ill by the large doses of steroids he was required to take for control of the ailment, he committed suicide on April 27, 1989. His wife died on May 21, 2007. more…

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