A remake of Kurosawa’s classic, Seven Samurai, The Magnificent Seven is one of the all-time great westerns.
The story is simple: some poor farmers in Mexico hire seven gunslingers from the other side of Rio Grand to protect them from a small army of bandits that robs their village every year. The seven heroes pledge to defend the village for money – but it becomes clear, early on, that there are other reasons behind their commitment: some of the gunslingers are fighting their own inner demons, while others become attached to the peasants they defend; everyone is actually attracted by the idea of fighting an impossible war and what unites them, beyond their individual flaws, is the feeling of camaraderie.
Beyond the engaging action and shootouts, this is actually a character-driven film. The line-up of heroes includes Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, and James Coburn, while Eli Wallach shines as the Mexican bandit chief. The dialogue, the music, and the outstanding cast and direction all come together in a memorable classic Western film.
Even if in a manner veiled by the fighting style of the Wild West, the characters in this film manage to make visible those virtues necessary for achieve military excellence: courage, determination, and the capacity to make optimal decisions in extreme situations.
- Original title: The Magnificent Seven
- Original language: English
- Starring: Yul Brynner (as Chris Adams), Steve McQueen (as Vin Tanner), Charles Bronson (as Bernardo O’Reilly), Robert Vaughn (as Lee).
- Genre: Western, adventures movie
- Release date: 1960
- Public: Adults, teenagers
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