Synopsis by Mark Deming
A not-so-dirty half-dozen are given the chance to change themselves from crooks to soldiers in this made-for-cable action drama. Col. Finley Deacon (Brett Cullen) is a tough but respected Army officer who's not long from retirement when he's given a final secret mission -- a high-ranking Latin American politician has been arrested for taking part in a plan to smuggle arms to anti-Castro forces in Cuba, and both the U.S. military and the CIA need to be sure the leader's connections to the United States government don't become too well known. Deacon is to lead a rescue mission to free the imprisoned politician, but due to the sensitive nature of the operation, American military troops cannot be used -- and since the leader behind bars is a woman, he'll need to recruit an all-female fighting force. Deacon is assigned, as his soldiers, six women serving life without parole in a federal prison in Georgia. If the mission is a success, the prisoners will be granted their freedom, but chances are slim that they'll make it back alive, and Deacon has the difficult task of turning six angry women into an elite fighting force. The Expendables features Robin Givens, Tempestt Bledsoe, Christi Conway, Jennifer Blanc, Jenica Bergere, and Idalis de Leon as the prisoners-turned-commandos. The film was produced for the USA cable network.