The Expendables
Theatrical release poster
Film information

Directed by

Sylvester Stallone

Produced by

Avi Lerner
Kevin King Templeton
John Thompson

Written by

Sylvester Stallone
David Callaham

Music by

Brian Tyler


Jeffrey Kimball


Nu Image
Millennium Films

Distributed by


Release Date(s)

August 13, 2010




$82 million

Gross Revenue

$250 million

Followed by

The Expendables 2

The Expendables is a 2010 action film directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone. The film is intended to be an homage to the blockbuster action films of the 1980's and early 1990's. Following the success of the film, a sequel, The Expendables 2, was released on August 17, 2012, with most of the original cast reprising their roles.


The Expendables, bikers and elite mercenaries based in New Orleans, Louisiana, deploy to the Gulf of Aden to save hostages on a vessel from Somali pirates. The team consists of leader Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), former British SAS soldier and blades specialist Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), martial artist Yin Yang (Jet Li), sniper Gunner Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), weapons specialist Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) and demolitions expert Toll Road (Randy Couture). Jensen instigates a firefight, causing casualties for the pirates. Jensen then tries to hang a pirate, but Yang physically stops him when Ross and the team discourage it. Ross then reluctantly discharges Jensen from the team due to his psychological problems and drug use. Later, Christmas is upset to discover his girlfriend Lacy (Charisma Carpenter) has left him for another man, because she did not see Christmas often or know his line of work.

Ross and rival mercenary leader Trench Mauser (Arnold Schwarzenegger) visit a man called "Mr. Church" (Bruce Willis), naming himself after their meeting venue, for a mission. A busy Trench passes the contract to Ross, which is to overthrow dictator General Garza (David Zayas) in Vilena, a South American island in the Gulf of Mexico. Ross and Christmas fly to Vilena for initial undercover reconnaissance and meet their contact, Sandra (Gisele Itié), but are discovered. Ex-CIA officer James Munroe (Eric Roberts), with his henchmen Paine (Steve Austin) and The Brit (Gary Daniels), deride and keep Garza in power as a figurehead for their own profiteering operations, while Sandra is revealed to be Garza's daughter. Ross aborts and causes casualties among the army as they escape, but Sandra refuses to leave Vilena and let her people suffer. Meanwhile, a vengeful Jensen approaches Munroe to help and Garza is angered further when Sandra is captured by Munroe, who has her waterboarded for information.

Lacy has been physically abused by her new man, so Christmas beats him and his friends, then takes her home, having revealed his work. Ross and the group discover that Mr. Church is a CIA operative and the real target is Munroe, as the CIA could not afford a mission to kill one of their own directly. Ross meets Expendables mission coordinator Tool (Mickey Rourke) to express his feelings. Tool makes an emotional confession about letting a woman commit suicide during the Bosnian War, instead of finding redemption by saving her. Ross is then motivated to go back for Sandra alone, but Yang accompanies him. Jensen and hired men pursue them on the road, ending in an abandoned warehouse, where Yang and Jensen fight a second time. Jensen attempts to impale Yang on a pipe, but Ross shoots him. A wounded Jensen makes amends and gives the layout of Garza's palace. Ross boards the plane with Yang and finds the rest of team, ready to aid him.

The team infiltrate Garza's compound. Thinking Munroe hired the Expendables to kill him, Garza has his soldiers' faces painted, preparing them for a fight. Christmas, Yang, Caesar, and Toll plant explosives throughout the site but Ross, while saving Sandra, is captured by the Brit and Paine. The team save him and kill the Brit, but are pinned down by Garza's men as Paine wrestles Ross. Caesar fights back with his automatic shotgun so Paine escapes. Garza finally stands up to Munroe, ordering him out and returning his money. Instead, as Garza rallies his men against the Expendables and Munroe that he believes to be the same, Munroe kills him and takes off with Paine and Sandra. Garza's men open fire in rage against the team, who fight their way through, detonating the explosives, demolishing the palace and destroying the compound. Toll kills Paine by burning him alive while Ross and Caesar manage to destroy a helicopter before Munroe can escape. Ross and Christmas catch up to Munroe, killing him and saving Sandra. Later, Ross gifts the mission payment to Sandra to restore Vilena. The team travels back home and celebrate at Tool's tattoo parlor, with the recovering and reformed Jensen. Christmas and Tool have a game of knife throwing and Christmas recites a limerick about Tool, then throws a bullseye.


The Expendables Comic-Con Panel

Crews, Austin, Stallone, Lundgren and Couture promoting The Expendables at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International.

The ExpendablesEdit


Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger appear in uncredited cameos as Mr. Church and Trench, respectively, although Willis was credited on the poster. The film features mixed martial artists Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira and Antônio Rogério Nogueira as Garza's bodyguards and Lateef Crowder Dos Santos in stunts.


The Expendables
The expendables ost cover
Brian Tyler
Released August 10, 2010
Length 71:41
Label Lionsgate Records

Composer Brian Tyler announced on his official website that he had been hired to write original music for the film.

Tyler previously worked with Stallone on Rambo in 2008.

Godsmack vocalist Sully Erna was approached by Stallone himself to write a song for the film. Erna showed him a potential unfinished piece of Sinners Prayer and Stallone liked it and wanted to use it in the film. However, during the films post-production, the scene that Sinner's Prayer was originally meant to be used in was reworked and the song was taken off the film and its soundtrack. The American hard rock band Shinedown contributed a brand new track, "Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom)", recorded specifically for the movie but the song does not appear in the film nor its official soundtrack. The song was used in the theatrical trailer and the finished piece was released on June 15, 2010. Both the songs where finally used for the Extended Director's Cut of the movie. One of the alternate trailers uses the song "Paradise City" by Guns N' Roses. The song "The Boys Are Back in Town" by Thin Lizzy played in TV spots and is played over the credits.

The score for the film was released on August 10. The tracklists have been revealed.

Track listing
All songs written and composed by Brian Tyler. 
The Expendables: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
No. Title Length
1. "The Expendables"   3:22
2. "Aerial"   2:58
3. "Ravens and Skulls"   4:49
4. "Lee and Lacy"   2:15
5. "Massive"   3:24
6. "The Gulf of Aden"   6:56
7. "Lifeline"   4:29
8. "Confession"   2:56
9. "Royal Rumble"   3:41
10. "Scanning the Enemy"   3:47
11. "The Contact"   1:31
12. "Surveillance"   3:27
13. "Warriors"   3:49
14. "Trinity"   4:19
15. "Waterboard"   3:01
16. "Losing His Mind"   2:37
17. "Take Your Money"   2:41
18. "Giant with a Shotgun"   3:57
19. "Time to Leave"   1:55
20. "Mayhem and Finale"   5:47


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