THE PROFESSIONALS (Brooks, 1966) - I saw many caps from this on my dash last night, and decided it might be a good movie to watch with BF on a lazy Sunday evening. As it turns out, it wasn’t just a good choice - it was a pretty perfect one. It’s a fairly lean, western-y (though it takes place in the early 20th century, you can’t really tell by the style) men-on-a-mission movie, starring a pretty amazing foursome: Lee Marvin, Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan and Woody Strode. Add in Claudia Cardinale as a not-so-reluctant kidnapping victim, lots of explosions and one-liners (Ralph Bellamy (who’s, yes, ALSO in this movie, and now I have nested parantheses): “You bastard”!. Lee Marvin: “Yes, sir. In my case, an accident of birth. But you, sir, are a self-made man” ), beautiful vistas and colors - and you’ve got a pretty neat package. It might not be terribly original, but it’s damn well executed, and with a lovely but melancholy ending, emphasizing the futility of all that’s come before.
Posted on Monday, 26 September 2011