Guns of the Magnificent Seven

Guns of the Magnificent Seven

Paul Wendkos (1969)

101min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This second sequel (after Return of the Seven in 1966) to a great original wisely retains the majestic Elmer Bernstein score. This time out, Yul Brynner relinquishes his role of mercenary gunman Chris to character actor George Kennedy, and the Mexican-set locations were actually filmed in Spain. Thankfully, because of director Paul Wendkos's professionalism, it neither looks nor feels like a European western, despite the fact that it was made at the height of the spaghetti western's popularity. A touch of class is provided by Fernando Rey, veteran of many a Luis Buñuel film, as the revolutionary leader in need of rescue by Kennedy's gang. The action sequences are exciting enough, but Kennedy lacks the necessary charisma to make this compulsive viewing.

Summary

Surviving gunslinger Chris is hired by Mexican revolutionaries to rescue their leader from a military prison. After assembling a crack team including a knife-fighting expert and a firearms aficionado, the group embarks on its mission - but underestimates the depths to which its enemies will sink. Second sequel to the Western, starring George Kennedy, James Whitmore, Monte Markham, Joe Don Baker and Reni Santoni.

Cast & Crew

Chris George Kennedy
Slater Joe Don Baker
Keno Monte Markham
Levi Morgan James Whitmore
Max Reni Santoni
Cassie Bernie Casey
PJ Scott Thomas
Col Diego Michael Ansara
Quintero Fernando Rey
Director Paul Wendkos
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. LtdGuidance: Violence. Available on: video and DVD
Drama