They were seven - And they fought like seven hundred!
An oppressed Mexican peasant village hires seven gunfighters to help defend their homes.
An oppressed Mexican peasant village hires seven gunfighters to help defend their homes.
Yul Brynner Eli Wallach Steve McQueen Charles Bronson Robert Vaughn Brad Dexter James Coburn Horst Buchholz Jorge Martínez de Hoyos Vladimir Sokoloff Rosenda Monteros Rico Alaniz Pepe Hern Natividad Vacío Mario Navarro Danny Bravo John A. Alonzo Enrique Lucero Alex Montoya Robert J. Wilke Val Avery Whit Bissell Bing Russell Joseph Ruskin Victor French Jim Davis José Chávez Valentin de Vargas Larry Duran Show All…
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We deal in lead, friend.
I think most people can't log The Magnificent Seven without mentioning Akira Kurosawa and Seven Samurai because they know if they don't, someone from the Letterboxd Cinephile Police will mention in the comments how it pales in comparison to Samurai, which is a masterpiece, and how the western apparently owes everything to Kurosawa.
What most self-proclaimed cinephiles fail to mention is that one of Kurosawa's biggest influences is John Ford and Hollywood westerns. It's not because their ignorant of the fact or dispute it, it's something that was said by Kurosawa himself. It's because since they don't view Ford as an auteur like Kurosawa, they really don't want to mention him. They only want…
Westerns don't come much better than this. John Sturges' US remake of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai is as exciting as it is legendary. A staple of Christmas television in the UK for many years I grew up looking forward to it's Yuletide appearance on the schedules.
The movie? Seven gunfighters take on sixty Mexican bandits for a meagre fee from some poor farmers. That's it in a nutshell. But it's brilliant. Throw in one of the most unforgettable scores of the 1960's from Elmer Bernstein and you have the stuff of legend. And that's what this film has in abundance,myths and legends.
Steve McQueen is my hero. There we go it's out there. I don't care about the rumours of…
We come cheaper by the bunch
A group of fighters come together to defend a village against a gang of evil bandits
Some stories are so great they’re told over and over again in various forms throughout the years.
Seven Samurai, Battle Beyond the Stars, The Three Amigos and nearly every episode of The A-Team.
This magnificent version is all about the cast. Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen lead the gang with the coolest of cool and both Charles Bronson and James Coburn demonstrate why they’re destined for stardom.
Can you imagine what it must have been like to sit in a theatre in 1960 and hear that Bernstein score for the very first time? I mean what are the odds that your head would explode?
”I admire your notion of fair odds, mister.”
Qualitative comparisons to The Seven Samurai are fruitless. Apples & Oranges. However, here are seven magnificent things about The Magnificent Seven:
(1) Steve McQueen riding shotgun on a hearse.
(2) Idiots who mistake James Coburn’s apathy for cowardice.
(3) Yul Brynner’s regal gate. Did he walk like that around the house?
(4) Eli Wallach’s menacing practicability and red ruffled tux shirt.
(5) The lonesome arithmetic of the hired gun, and the burden of a gun being less than the responsibility of a father.
(6) The setting of the peasant’s village in a gorgeous crook in sawtooth mountains, a valley worth fighting for. Elmer Bernstein's rip roaring theme.
(7) Glorious widescreen color.
"I have been offered a lot for my work, but never everything."
It's hard to imagine how much the western genre owes to Akira Kurosawa, from The Magnificent Seven and A Fistful of Dollars being direct remakes of his films to the thematic similarities between the ronin and the gunslinger, but this fact stands in starkest relief in the case of The Magnificent Seven, because if it weren't an adaptation of Seven Samurai it would be unimaginable. That's not to say that Magnificent Seven is any worse for its debt to Seven Samurai's existence, but instead that the idea to try to create seven distinct characters in a single story seems foolhardy enough that without Kurosawa's previous success doing so,…
Sort of the digital to Kurosawa's analog, a high bit-rate but sampled nonetheless.
I ended up enjoying this far more than I thought. Westerns tend to leave me lukewarm, but this really does have some charm. Yul Brunner and Steve McQueen are both just that cool but put them together and they are really a whole greater than the sum of its parts.
In full confession, I really only watched this for the impeccable Elmer Bernstein score (the theme is one of my absolute favorite things to drive to), and it is just that good but I couldn't help laughing thinking about how different this film would be if that score was replaced by The Clash's song "The Magnificent Seven."
I definitely want to rewatch this and I think my rating will increase when I do.
Taking the premise of Akira Kurosawa's 1954 masterpiece and applying it to the Old West setting, The Magnificent Seven is no match to the Japanese classic but this remake does make some fine-tuned adjustments in order to appeal more to its target audience, and is a competently crafted & consistently entertaining western steered by a magnificent ensemble.
Directed by John Sturges, the film follows the same path as the original, at least to an extent, and remains fun & engaging for the most part. Not all the changes in the script work in its favour, and the hurried approach does rob the characters of necessary depth. Both the fight preparation & gunslinging action are expertly carried out, and the lively score is undeniably…
"If God didn't want them sheared he wouldn't have made them sheep"
- Bad Guy,
None of them really feel magnificent to me.
After much fan fare I was expecting to be blown away by the original The Magnificent Seven but I only found it to be fine. I'm not sure that I can give you a great reason because the film just didn't jibe with me. It just felt really hokey and I was regularly bored. It loses so much of the drama and beauty of Seven Samurai it hardly feels worth the adaptation to me.
Can't win 'em all.
Altruism seems like one of this film's main themes. You see it in the opening scenes of a burial in Boot Hill where Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen commandeer a horse-drawn hearse in order to see to it that a deceased native American is properly laid to rest against the threat of violence from racist vigilantes who wish to exclude any non-whites from Boot Hill. After that Brynner forms the Magnificent Seven to help a poor Mexican village defend itself against Eli Wallach's small army of bandits who regularly raid the village for food and sometimes its women. The money the village can pay is only 20 dollars per each member of the Seven, who all need the money even…
Executive #1: I'm not sure if Horst Buchholz can handle the Toshio Mifune role...
Executive #2: What if we made him the naive young samurai...... AS WELL.
Cocaine: Great idea, Alan! Now let's go crash a key party!
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A bandit terrorizes a small Mexican farming village each year. Several of the village elders send three of the farmers into the United States to search for gunmen to defend them. They end up with seven, each of whom comes for a different reason. They must prepare the town to repulse an army of thirty bandits who will arrive wanting food.
An all time classic, love the old westerns. They remind me of my grandpa. He wasn’t a guy that would watch a lot of TV and film. He was an iron worker and farmer. But he would watch some of the old westerns once in awhile. I watched this with him when I was super young and have been a fan ever since.
Love the tough talking cowboys and shootouts! America’s greatest past time, the Wild West
Shii, underveldende as. Ingen Seven Samurai. Bar tre av dem va Magnificent tbh. Alt for treg og uengasjerende build up til et klimaks som ikke levere. Den funka ikke helt for mæ, dessverre.
good boys do nice things for a village of perfectly pleasant people
Well, it’s not nearly as good as Seven Samurai, but it was still a pretty decent American adaptation.
I don’t want to become the guy who bitches every time he sees some outdated/insensitive trope, but damn it if I don’t cringe every time I see a white saviour film.
On principle, the Western genre should be everything I hate all in one package: stoic male bravado, lots of horses, no female characters in sight— not to mention the blatant racism and white saviorism at every turn.
Let me make myself clear: Americana be damned. But there is something so appealing about Westerns to me and I just can’t deny that. I love me a good hero’s tale from the Wild West, and this doesn’t disappoint.
I will say, though— though not a bad soundtrack by any means, this soundtrack is far more classic “Hollywood adventure movie” than “Western” to me, which was the teensiest bit of a letdown because Western soundtracks are some of my favorite movie music ever. I guess we can’t all be Ennio Morricone.
I’d be curious to see Seven Samurai. Anticipating the Same Great Flavour without the Hollywood white saviour complex (™).
yet another reason why america shouldn't make remakes of not american movies
Brynner, McQueen, Bronson and Coburn were like the Old West version of the 2017 Golden State Warriors, both in overwhelming star power and combined shooting percentage.
Way better Than Seven Samraui. at least theirs action in this and its shorter.
Intro to Cinema Week Three: Westerns
“Sooner or later, you must answer for every good deed”, says Calvera, the antagonist of The Magnificent Seven (1960), at the end of the second act. The Western genre soon would. Alas, the Western was not dead in 1960. In 1960, the world got Cukor’s Heller In Pink Tights, Huston’s The Unforgiven, and John Wayne’s The Alamo among others. But The Magnificent Seven, a remake of Kurosawa’s masterwork Seven Samurai (1956), is a film in a genre tearing at the edges—insecure, introspective, and utterly terrified of the future.
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