Friday Flicks: Does The Expendables 2 Have More Action Stars than Any Movie in History?

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The Expendables 2

Can you imagine if a bomb had gone off during the shoot of The Expendables 2, and rid the world of – take a deep breath – Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Bruce Willis, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris? To say that there would be a year of global mourning would be an understatement.

Thankfully, apart from some bruises and (one imagines) some bruised egos, no action heroes were injured in the making of this follow up to the rather successful original with Simon West (Con Air) taking over directing duties from Stallone. But don’t be fooled into thinking that Sly is just showing up for the paycheck: he wrote the script for the sequel (don’t forget, he was nominated for an Oscar for writing Rocky).

The plot this time around is far simpler. After being assembled by Willis’ Mr. Church, the motley crew of “expendables” is tasked with what seems like an easy job – get a kidnapped Chinese billionaire out of Nepal – but naturally things don’t go according to plan. Loved ones will be lost and revenge shall be sought. Twas ever thus.

But if you think that The Expendables 2 is in for a kicking from the critics, you’d be wrong (and not just because they wouldn’t want to upset them). Sure, Empire‘s conclusion that the film is “a morass of dodgy plotting, indifferent brutality and limp character-work” takes no prisoners, but Variety feels that while it’s “redundant, bombastic and cheekily self-aware” The Expendables 2 “is also savvy enough to supply its own auto-critique.” And The Hollywood Reporter positively falls over itself, noting that the movie is “taut, humorous and attractively packaged… both fleet footed and engaging enough to captivate audiences with more than just nonstop action.” Decent reviews, the prospect of healthy box office and the return of Arnie to the big screen after his foray into politics surely means that a threequel is all but assured. These expendables are more like The Dependables.

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The Player (1992)

Tim Robbins, Fred Ward, Whoopie Goldberg, Peter Gallagher, Dean Stockwell, Cher, Lyle Lovett, Sydney Pollack, Steve Allen, Richard Anderson, Harry Belafonte, Shari Belafonte, Karen Black, Gary Busey, Peter Falk, John Cusack, James Coburn, Louise Fletcher, Anjelica Houston, David Allen Grier, Buck Henry, Scott Glen, Cathy Lee Crosby, Malcomb McDowell, Burt Reynolds, Kathy Ireland, Nick Nolte, Burt Reynolds, Jayne Meadows, Mimi Rogers, Lily Tomlin, Bruce Willis, Susan Sarandon, Julia Roberts, Jill St John, Rod Steiger, Robert Wagner, Patrick Swayze, Jeff Goldbum, Andie McDowell, Leeza Gibbons, Dennis Franz, Elliot Gould, and I think about 10 more big stars. I'm tired of


I think the honour of having the most action stars goes to "The Longest Day".

It featured:  Richard Burton, Sean Connery, Mel Ferrer, Henry Fonda, John Gregson, Roddy McDowall, Peter Lawford, Peter Van Eyck, Robert Mitchum, Kenneth More, Robert Ryan, Richard Todd, Robert Wagner, Stuart Whitman, John Wayne, Tom Tryon, Frank Finlay, Robert Segal, and Rod Steiger.

Even the actors that were just bit players at the time later made it to become fully fledged action stars.

Hollywood couldn't afford to make a film of such magnitude these days.


The film with the biggest roster of action stars would probably have to be "The Longest Day".

It featured;  John Wayne, Richard Burton, Sean Connery, George Segal, Tom Tryon, Frank Finlay, Roddy McDowell, Peter Lawford, Mel Ferrer, Joh  Gregson, Henry Fonda, Peter Van Eyck, Robert Mitchum, Kenneth More, Robert Ryan, Richard Todd, Robert Wagner, Rod Steiger, and Stuart Whitman.

Granted, some of these were only bit players back in 1962 when the film was released, but eventually made it to action hero stardom.

Hollywood couldn't afford to make a film of that magnitude nowadays.


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the first expendables movie had almost no plot to begin with. it was dull and unengaging, and the number of superstar egos on camera meant they never stayed with any one character for a significant length of time. consequently, i never really developed any sort of attachment to them, or any emotional engagement with the movie.

reminds me of the SHIELD movies where samuel l. jackson steps on camera for 30 seconds at the end of the movie and loads of idiots crap their pants saying, "OH MY GOD IT'S SAMUEL JACKSON."

probably won't even bother to pirate this one. not worth wasting my life