Five against two hundred, They rode the trail to a showdown with death...
**Originally published as A Mule for the Marquesa in 1964 but after the film was released, new editions were issued with the movie title The Professionals**
A corrupt rancher hires four soldiers of fortune to rescue his wife from kidnappers.
Release Date: November 2, 1966
Release Time: 117 minures
Burt Lancaster - Bill Dolworth
Lee Marvin - Henry 'Rico' Fardan
Claudia Cardinale - Mrs. Maria Grant
Robert Ryan - Hans Ehrengard
Woody Strode - Jake Sharp
Jack Palance - Jesus Raza
Ralph Bellamy - Joe Grant
Joe De Santis - Ortega
Rafael Bertrand - Fierro
Jorge Martínez de Hoyos - Goatkeeper
Marie Gomez - Chiquita
José Chávez - Revolutionary
Carlos Romero - Revolutionary
Vaughn Taylor - Money-Delivering Banker
1967 Academy Awards
Best Director - Richard Brooks - Nominated
Best Writing(Adapted Screenplay) - Richard Brooks - Nominated
Best Cinematography - Conrad Hall - Nominated
J.W. Grant(Ralph Bellamy): You bastard.
Rico(Lee Marvin): Yes sir. In my case an accident of birth. But you, you're a self-made man.
Frank O'Rourke 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 talented amateur baseball player, he considered trying out for a professional team, but was called up for service in World War II. At the end of the war he decided to become a writer.
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 called The Professionals (1966).
Later in life, O'Rourke turned to writing children's literature. He committed suicide on April 27, 1989.