A CIA operative hires a team of mercenaries to eliminate a Latin dictator and a renegade CIA agent.

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Sylvester Stallone

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Dave Callaham (screenplay) (as David Callaham), Sylvester Stallone (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester Stallone ... Barney Ross
Jason Statham ... Lee Christmas
Jet Li ... Yin Yang
Dolph Lundgren ... Gunner Jensen
Eric Roberts ... James Munroe
Randy Couture ... Toll Road
Steve Austin ... Paine
David Zayas ... General Garza
Giselle Itié ... Sandra
Charisma Carpenter ... Lacy
Gary Daniels ... The Brit
Terry Crews ... Hale Caesar
Mickey Rourke ... Tool
Hank Amos ... Paul
Amin Joseph ... Pirate Leader
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Barney Ross leads the "Expendables", a band of highly skilled mercenaries including knife enthusiast Lee Christmas, martial arts expert Yin Yang, heavy weapons specialist Hale Caesar, demolitionist Toll Road and loose-cannon sniper Gunner Jensen. When the group is commissioned by the mysterious Mr. Church to assassinate the merciless dictator of a small South American island, Barney and Lee head to the remote locale to scout out their opposition. Once there, they meet with local rebel Sandra and discover the true nature of the conflict engulfing the city. When they escape the island and Sandra stays behind, Ross must choose to either walk away and save his own life - or attempt a suicidal rescue mission that might just save his soul. Written by ahmetkozan

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Rated R for strong action and bloody violence throughout, and for some language | See all certifications »

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Randy Couture & Jet Li were both in "Cradle 2 the Grave"(2003). Both movie's, associated with PR tours by the cast at 'The Rose Theatre', site Southwark, UK. See more »

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Throughout the car chase with Gunner the front bumper of the black pickup, driven by Barney Ross, several times changes from totally missing to half broken and later to almost brand new. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Barney Ross: We are the shadows and the smoke, we rise. We are the ghosts that hide in the night.
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Alternate Versions

The director's cut contains 10 minutes of additional footage plus alternate takes, dialog and soundtrack. (It was first officially released in the summer 2011 on Epix HD and US cable pay per view, before being released on Blu-ray in December 2011.) See more »

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Hacienda Grande
Written by Michael Levine (as Michael Levine) (BMI)
Published by Grand Cypress Publishing (BMI)/Henning Music (BMI)
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music
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Too much testosterone!
13 August 2010 | by TheCinemassacreSee all my reviews

Tough guys. Always going on suicidal missions. Threatened by bullets and blades. Running from explosions. Best friends waging wars. Nearly killing each other, then going to the bar later to laugh about it. Director and star, Sylvester Stallone, gets all his best men together to kick as much ass as humanly possible, allowing himself a severe beating from Steve Austin. Sly took a serious neck injury. Then he goes in front of a Comic Con audience and jokes about it. A man whose Double-"R" franchises, Rocky and Rambo have both been highly successful. But he keeps coming back for more pain and putting his body on the line for the sake of entertainment. There's nothing tougher than that!

The Expendables is a movie that lifts you up out of your seat, pats you on the head, gives you a lollipop then smashes you in the frickin' face! With a cast like Jason Stathum, Randy Couture, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews, Dolph "I Must Break You" Lundgren, and cameos from Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, you'd think it would be one crazy mess. Surprisingly, it's more focused then you may think. Just a straight-forward action movie with a reasonable run time that sustains itself and never has a chance to feel dull. It doesn't try to be anything more than what it is.

The only negative: Some of the blood and explosions looked digital. Wish it could have been just a bit more authentic. Sometimes, there was a tad too many closeups during the fight scenes. With so many people fighting at the same time, sometimes I couldn't tell who was punching who. It didn't happen very often, but how cool would it be just for one moment to see three simultaneous fights from a super wide master shot? Never, but I can't blame them. At least let the cameras pull back and allow the choreography to do the work.

It feels nice to get my ass kicked by something I haven't seen yet. It's not Rambo. It's not Rocky. Nor is it another Die Hard or Terminator sequel. It's something fresh, yet feels like it came out of the 80's. It has the perfect blend of humor, blood, sweat, smart-ass comebacks, witty one-liners, and an overabundance of testosterone! Don't expect anything more than action, exposition, action, exposition, all with a nice cherry on top… with sprinkles… and grenades. And some real tough guys. We all wish we could be tough guys. But no, let's just watch'em instead.


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Release Date:

13 August 2010 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,825,135, 15 August 2010

Gross USA:

$103,068,524

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$274,470,394
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2.35 : 1
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