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The Magnificent Seven (23-Oct-1960)

Director: John Sturges

Writer: William Roberts

Music: Elmer Bernstein

Producer: John Sturges

Keywords: Western

Mexican village plagued by bandits hire a group of gunslingers to defend them, in this Old West retooling of Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai (1954), itself inspired by Alexandre Dumas père's novel, The Three Musketeers. Superb character development, excellent cinematography and stageplay, and score by Elmer Bernstein combine to make a remarkable Western.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Val Avery
Actor
14-Jul-1924 12-Dec-2009 The Anderson Tapes
Whit Bissell
Actor
25-Oct-1909 5-Mar-1996 The Time Tunnel
Charles Bronson
Actor
3-Nov-1921 30-Aug-2003 Death Wish
Yul Brynner
Actor
11-Jul-1920 10-Oct-1985 The King and I
Horst Buchholz
Actor
4-Dec-1933 3-Mar-2003 The Magnificent Seven
James Coburn
Actor
31-Aug-1928 18-Nov-2002 Our Man Flint
Brad Dexter
Actor
9-Apr-1917 12-Dec-2002 The Magnificent Seven
Steve McQueen
Actor
24-Mar-1930 7-Nov-1980 The Great Escape
Bing Russell
Actor
5-May-1926 8-Apr-2003 Dep. Clem Foster on Bonanza
Vladimir Sokoloff
Actor
26-Dec-1889 15-Feb-1962 For Whom the Bell Tolls
Robert Vaughn
Actor
22-Nov-1932   Napoleon Solo on The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Eli Wallach
Actor
7-Dec-1915   The Magnificent Seven

CAST

Yul Brynner   ...   Chris
Eli Wallach   ...   Calvera
Steve McQueen   ...   Vin
Co-Starring
Charles Bronson   ...   O'Reilly
Robert Vaughn   ...   Lee
Brad Dexter   ...   Harry
James Coburn   ...   Britt
with
Jorge Martinez de Hoyas   ...   Hilario
Vladimir Sokoloff   ...   Old Man
Rosenda Monteros   ...   Petra
Rico Alaniz   ...   Sotero
Pepe Hern   ...   Supporting Cast
Natividad Vacio   ...   Supporting Cast
Mario Navarro   ...   Supporting Cast
Danny Bravo   ...   Supporting Cast
John Alonso   ...   Supporting Cast
Enrique Lucero   ...   Supporting Cast
Alex Montoya   ...   Supporting Cast
Robert Wilke   ...   Wallace
Val Avery   ...   Henry
Whit Bissell   ...   Chamlee
Bing Russell   ...   Robert
And Introducing
Horst Buchholz   ...   Chico

REVIEWS

Review by Glenn Irwin (posted on 17-Mar-2008)

This is a terrific Western... and a good film. Often one's favourite films are guaged at the stage when you first see them. You may see them whenm you are young and they make a greater impression then as opposed to later in your life when you might be a little more 'discerning'. This film is a classic tale of (flawed) good against against evil with the the former triumphing - just. Yes, the film is dated but contains some of the classic 'tough guy' lines of films of that time. The film could not, financially, have been made a few years later than it was because of the prominence of some of its stars. These include Steve McQueen; Charles Bronson and James Coburn. It turned out to be a terrific collection of grade 'A' Hollywood male testosterone of the time. Ironically, Yul Brynner was the star at the relevant time, soon to be overtaken by many of his co-stars in the early sixties. While many feel that Steve McQueen was the star and prime scene-stealer in the course of the film, the true star of the film was Eli Wallach who has never been better as the bandit leader, Calvera. Certainly, the best dialogue is between Wallach and Brynner. I cannot tire of this film. I first saw it as a 13 year old in 1965. I know every line off by heart. It still leaves a glow with me. Ultimately the evil are vanquished. This is probably because the mexican bandits are the worst shots I have ever seen! Most of the good guys are shot dead in the final minutes by retreating banditos who... suddenly.... obtain a handgun accuracy which they did not have in the predecing hour!! Oh well, I accept the flaws!! Watch this film and enjoy....


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