The Professionals is a very entertaining western that does not receive the same hype as many other westerns made during the same time period. It is an excellent story with an even better cast. The story is about the efforts of four men to rescue a railroad tycoon's wife from the Mexican revolutionaries she was kidnapped by. They must travel deep into Mexico to rescue her battling bandits, the weather, and themselves all the way. The film is very good at dealing with the friendships between the men as the time and the land changes much as the Wild Bunch or Big Jake did. How can these men change their lives as the world around them changes? These men won't go along quietly is all I can say.
Burt Lancaster gives another excellent performance as the explosives expert, Lee Marvin as the leader of the men and also a munitions expert, Robert Ryan as the horse wrangler who cares so much for his horses, and Woody Strode as the adept tracker who dispatches his enemy with bow and arrow. All four give great performances. How could you go wrong with such a cast. Jack Palance is very good as Raza, the leader of the revolutionaries\bandits. Ralph Bellamy plays the husband who desperately wants his wife back, played by Claudia Cardinale who looks beautiful. The DVD is very good with widescreen and fullscreen presentations offered, theatrical trailer, and rather extensive filmographies of the cast. Check out this western if you haven't seen it before! The Professionals is an excellent western with a perfect twist at the end. Do not miss!
Also, if you like the movie check out the novel by Frank O'Rourke, also called a Mule for the Marquesa.