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The Expendables

Theatrical Poster
Directed by Sylvester Stallone
Produced by Avi Lerner
Kevin King Templeton
John Thompson
Robert Earl
Written by Dave Callaham
Sylvester Stallone
Starring Sylvester Stallone
Jason Statham
Jet Li
Dolph Lundgren
Randy Couture
Terry Crews
Eric Roberts
Steve Austin
Mickey Rourke
Bruce Willis
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Music by Brian Tyler
Cinematography Jeffrey Kimball
Editing by Ken Blackwell
Paul Harb
Studio Lionsgate
Millennium Films
Nu Image
Distributed by Lionsgate (U.S.)
California Films (Brazil)
Release date(s) August 13, 2010 (2010-08-13)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $80 million

The Expendables is an upcoming ensemble action film written by David Callaham and Sylvester Stallone, and directed by Stallone. Filming began on March 28, 2009, in Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans, and Los Angeles and is expected to be released on August 13, 2010.[1] The film pays tribute to the blockbuster action films of the 1980s and early '90s, and stars an array of action veterans from those decades (such as Stallone himself, Dolph Lundgren, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jet Li, Bruce Willis and Mickey Rourke).



After years of unspeakable corruption that concludes with tragedies such as the murder of American hostages and betrayal of foreign policies, and finally recognizing a way out of this terrible mess, the U.S. along with other nations, equally seeking the end of this catastrophe, secretly put together a squad of its highest trained military personnel finally to overthrow the dictator who has caused devastation in South America for over 20 years. The team sets out on its mission to complete the assassination, but with little help from the nations as they try to keep the mission secret. After they realize that there will be no outside help, they rely on their own resources to fight not only the dictator’s army but also the governments that set them up.


The Expendables

Garza's Men


Production began on March 3, 2009, and filming began on March 28, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and other locations included Mangaratiba, Niteroi, Guanabara Bay, Colônia Juliano Moreira and Parque Lage. Filming ended April 25. Filming continued later on May 11, in Elmwood, Louisiana and Downtown New Orleans, Louisana which included French Quarter, St. Peters Street, Fort Mccomb, Claiborne Avenue and the Interstate 10 Overpass. Filming officially ended on July 1, 2009. On October 27, 2009, there was a pick-up scene at a church in Hollywood, California featuring both Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis. On June 2, West Coast Customs Street Customs built three customized 1955 Ford F100s for Sylvester Stallone for the film. One was built for a crash scene, the second for green screen, and the third for Stallone to keep. The budget for the film was going to be in excess of $100 million, but was lowered to $80 million. The budget drop would cause some expensive action sequences to be cut."The Expendables has a eighty million-dollar budget," says Stallone's co-star Dolph Lundgren,[2] "and it's an old-school, kick-ass action movie where people are fighting with knives and shooting at each other."

During the shooting of the film Stallone suffered a hairline fracture in his neck after a very realistic fight scene with Austin. Stallone needed to have emergency surgery and a metal plate inserted in his neck following the scene. About the incident, Stallone had the following to say:

"Actually, my fight with Steve Austin was so vicious that I ended up getting a hairline fracture in my neck. I'm not joking. I haven't told anyone this, but I had to have a very serious operation afterwards. I now have a metal plate in my neck."


Jean-Claude Van Damme was personally offered a role by Stallone, but turned it down.[3] This reportedly led to Dolph Lundgren being cast instead although it is not confirmed whether it was the same part. The role accepted by Forest Whitaker was originally conceived as a role for Wesley Snipes but later rewritten for Whitaker.[4] Due to a scheduling conflict prior to filming, Whitaker was replaced by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson for the role of Hale Caesar.[5] He was then replaced by former NFL player Terry Crews.[6]

Steven Seagal was asked to play a cameo role, but turned down the offer due to negative experiences with producer Avi Lerner.[7] Hispanic actor Danny Trejo was rumored to play Emmanuel, but on June 15, he revealed that he was not cast for the role. Instead, both are in the works with Robert Rodriguez's Machete.

On May 29, 2009, the script underwent a few re-writes which ultimately excluded Brittany Murphy's character, which would have been necessary months later due to the actress's death. Sandra Bullock was rumored to have a role in the film, but revealed that she did not even know about the project. Despite the news, she did express interests in working in another action film and would have liked to appear in the film depending on the storyline.[8]

The role of the man who hires the Expendables, Mr. Church, was very difficult to cast. Initially offered to Schwarzenegger, he declined in favor of a smaller cameo due to his political career.[9] The role was then offered to Kurt Russell whose agent replied that he was not interested in "ensemble acting at the moment."[10] Stallone spent several months after principal photography determined to find a big action name for the part. Rumors suggested that the role had been offered to friend and fellow former Planet Hollywood co-owner Bruce Willis, who was busy filming Cop Out. Willis finally confirmed on August 17, that he will play Mr. Church and that his scene will feature himself, Sylvester Stallone, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.[11]

On October 26, Stallone, Willis and Schwarzenegger shot their scene in the Hollywood Presbyterian church in Los Angeles, marking the first time all three have appeared together on screen.[12]


On January 6, 2010, Sylvester Stallone noted in an interview with FHM magazine that he broke his neck whilst filming his new movie, The Expendables. Stallone, now 63 years old, was filming a fight scene with former wrestling legend and co-star Stone Cold Steve Austin, but it all got so realistic that Stallone ended up with a hairline fracture in his neck.[citation needed]


Composer Brian Tyler announced on his official website that he has been hired to write original music for the film.[13] Tyler previously worked with Stallone on Rambo in 2008. Sully Erna from Godsmack is expected to also be recording a song called 'Sinners Prey' for the movie.

The Florida hard-rock band Shinedown has also contributed a brand new track, recorded specifically for the movie.


Producer Avi Lerner has reported that the film will be cut down to two versions, a PG-13-rating edit and an R-rated version, both of which will be screen tested to see which one will be officially released.[14] Lerner is considering cutting down the violence because of the success of recent PG-13 action films such as Live Free or Die Hard (known as Die Hard 4.0 outside the US).[14]


A bootleg trailer was leaked online in August.[15][16] The trailer was edited and cut down by Stallone himself and it was shown at the Venice Film Festival. On October 13, the HD trailer was officially released online.


The film had an original scheduled release date set at April 23, 2010, but was later pushed back four months until August 13, to extend production time.[17] The Expendables has been listed as one of the most highly anticipated releases of 2010. On March 17, 2010, the official international poster for the film was released [18]


Due to the overwhelmingly positive reaction to early test footage and trailers, producer Avi Lerner has reported that there is already talk of making two more sequels, or at least some sort of a longer franchise, based on the surviving members of the team.[14]


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  2. ^ "Dolph Lundgren: Direct Contact". 31 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  3. ^ Brunton, Richard (2008-11-29). "Van Damme turned down Stallone's The Expendables". Retrieved 2009-04-08. 
  4. ^ "Couture signs on to Stallone action film". NBC Sports. December 16, 2008. Retrieved March 20, 2009. 
  5. ^ Sneider, Jeff (March 19, 2009). "50 Cent To Star In Sylvester Stallone Action Film". MTV. Retrieved March 20, 2009. 
  6. ^ "50 Cent is out! Who is in THE EXPENDABLES? Stallone says...". 2009-03-21. Retrieved 2009-04-08. 
  7. ^ Exclusive : Expendables Under Siege
  8. ^ Bullock denies 'Expendables' rumour
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  10. ^ Kurt Russell is Not Expendable
  11. ^ "Bruce Willis Will Join Sylvester Stallone And Arnold Schwarzenegger On Screen In ‘The Expendables’ » MTV Movies Blog". 2009-08-17. Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
  12. ^ Stallone, Schwarzenegger and Willis Finally Unite for Their Expendables Scene
  13. ^ "Credits". Brian Tyler .com. Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
  14. ^ a b c "Rambo 5 Tones it Down, Expendables Goes PG-13? -". 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
  15. ^ Expendables, The (2009-09-14). "The Expendables Trailer Leaked | Expendables Trailer". Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
  16. ^ The Expendables Trailer
  17. ^ "“The Expendables” Movies push back to August 20, 2010 - Sylvester Stallone, Celebrity Gossip". Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
  18. ^

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The Expendables
Directed by Sylvester Stallone
Produced by Avi Lerner
Kevin King Templeton
John Thompson
Robert Earl
Written by Dave Callaham (story & screenplay)
Sylvester Stallone (screenplay)
Starring Sylvester Stallone
Jason Statham
Jet Li
Dolph Lundgren
Mickey Rourke
Randy Couture
Terry Crews
Eric Roberts
Steve Austin
David Zayas
Gisele Itié
Charisma Carpenter
Gary Daniels
Bruce Willis
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Music by Brian Tyler
Cinematography Jeffrey Kimball
Editing by Brent White
Distributed by Columbia Pictures (USA)
Release date(s) August 13, 2010
Running time 105 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $85 million
Gross revenue $174,803,493
Official website
Allmovie profile
IMDb profile

The Expendables is a 2010 action movie that is produced by Avi Lerner, Kevin King Templeton, John Thompson and Robert Earl and was directed by Sylvester Stallone.



The movie is about a team of mercenaries that are sent on a mission to a South American country, are given the objective to overthrow a cold-blooded dictator.


  • Sylvester Stallone as Barney "The Schizo" Ross
  • Jason Statham as Lee Christmas
  • Jet Li as Yin Yan
  • Dolph Lundgren as Gunnar Jensen
  • Terry Crews as Hale Caesar
  • Randy Couture as Toll Road
  • Mickey Rourke as Tool
  • Charisma Carpenter as Lacy
  • Bruce Willis as Mr. Church
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger as Trench
  • Gisele Itié as Sandra
  • Lauren Jones as Cheyenne
  • David Zayas as General Garza
  • Eric Roberts as James Monroe
  • Steve Austin as Dan Paine
  • Gary Daniels as The Brit
  • Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira as General Garza's sword wielding henchman
  • Amin Joseph as leader #1 of a group of Somali pirates
  • Senyo Amoaku as leader #2 of a group of Somali pirates


The Expendables gained mixed reviews:


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