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The Magnificent Seven

  • Drama
  • 1960
  • John Sturges
  • 122 mins
  • PG

Summary

Oppressed Mexican villagers cross the border into America looking to buy guns to defend their homes and crops from bandits. Instead they encounter an enigmatic loner who persuades them to hire a band of gunslingers to teach the villagers how to fight before the marauders return. Western, with Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, James Coburn and Eli Wallach.

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Review

Rating: 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.

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Credits

Cast

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ChrisYul Brynner
VinSteve McQueen (1)
CalveraEli Wallach
O'ReillyCharles Bronson
LeeRobert Vaughn (1)
Harry LuckBrad Dexter
BrittJames Coburn
ChicoHorst Buchholz
Old manVladimir Sokoloff
PetraRosenda Monteros
HilarioJorge Martinez de Hoyos
WallaceRobert J Wilke
SantosValentin de Vargas

Crew

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DirectorJohn Sturges

Details

Language
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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