Cinema: Four for the Raid

The Professionals. After coolly gunning down ten treacherous bandidos in a steamy Mexican arroyo, four scraggly do-gooders take a long look at the dead men's mounts. They hate killing horses, but you don't leave that kind of evidence roaming around. "They're harmless," says one. "Nothing's harmless in this desert unless it's dead," snaps a pardner. Though the horses are spared, everything else that moves is soon either dying, wounded or dodging.

Trigger fingers twitching, the four hirelings have just embarked on what they believe to be a mission of mercy. The pay is $10,000 apiece. The time is the early 1900s. Villa's...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!