Movie Monday* 02.23.15 Would there have been a WILD BUNCH without THE PROFESSIONALS?

February 23, 2015 — Leave a comment
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Lee Marvin takes aim in THE PROFESSIONALS (d. Brooks, Columbia, 1966)

THE PROFESSIONALS (Approved, 117 min., Pax Enterprises, Colombia, Nov. 2, 1966)

THE PROFESSIONALS was nominated for 3 Academy Awards – Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Cinematography. That means Richard Brooks essentially had 2 nominations as the writer and director. Curiously enough there’s no producer credited on THE PROFESSIONALS – that was also the work of Brooks. My assumption is the missing producer credit on this film was a guild issue, a studio issue or a combination of the two.

This movie hit screens almost three years before Peckinpah’s THE WILD BUNCH. One wonders how much this film paved the way for that one.

Director: Richard Brooks, Writers: Frank O’Rourke (Novel), Richard Brooks, Producer: Richard Brooks (uncredited), Cinematographer: Conrad Hall, Composer: Maurice Jarre, Editor: Peter Zinner

CAST: Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan, Woody Strode, Jack Palance, Claudia Cardinale


Watched on DVD from Columbia Pictures

*Every Monday I watch a classic or historically significant movie that falls into one of these categories: 1) Have never seen it, or 2) Have never seen it uncut, or 3) Have only seen it once, or 4) Haven’t seen it in a very long time.

Some information from: IMDb Pro, BoxOfficeMojo



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