The Magnificent Seven

  • PG
  • John Sturges (1960)
  • US
  • 122 min
The Magnificent Seven
Film Review
Reviewed By
5 out of 5

Director John Sturges (The Great Escape, Gunfight at the OK Corral) was extremely fortunate in securing a near-perfect cast for this enduringly popular western reworking of Japanese classic Seven Samurai. Not content with forging a new iconic image for King of Siam Yul Brynner as a black-clad gunslinger, he also created key star-making roles for 1960s sensations Steve McQueen, James Coburn and Charles Bronson. The use of Panavision landscape is glorious to behold, Eli Wallach is a suitably slimy villain and the action sequences are tremendously exciting. There's also one of the greatest musical themes ever written for a movie in an altogether fine brass-led score by composer Elmer Bernstein. If you've never seen it, don't miss. And if you have, enjoy again a visit south of the border with some old and trusty amigos. By the way, the one nobody can remember is Frank Sinatra's friend, Brad Dexter.

Plot Summary

Classic western starring Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen. The inhabitants of a small Mexican village hire seven gunmen to protect them from a group of hardened bandits who are ruining their lives.

Cast and crew

Cast

Chris
Yul Brynner
Vin
Steve McQueen (1)
Calvera
Eli Wallach
Chico
Horst Buchholz
O'Reilly
Charles Bronson
Lee
Robert Vaughn (1)
Harry Luck
Brad Dexter
Britt
James Coburn
Old man
Vladimir Sokoloff
Petra
Rosenda Monteros

Crew

Director
John Sturges

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Guidance: 
Edited for violence.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate PG
Categories
Drama