The Magnificent Seven (1960)




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Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai (1954) is westernized as The Magnificent Seven. Yul Brynner plays Chris, a mercenary hired to protect a Mexican farming village from its annual invasion by bandit Calvera (Eli Wallach). As Elmer Bernstein's unforgettable theme music (later immortalized as the "Marlboro Man" leitmotif) blasts away in the background, Chris rounds up six fellow soldiers of fortune to help him form a united front against the bandits. The remaining "magnificent … More

Rating: R
Genre: Western, Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Walter Bernstein, Walter Newman, William Roberts
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 8, 2001
MGM Home Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for The Magnificent Seven

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (3)

Bernstein's score is one for the ages. This film, however, is not.

Full Review… | October 20, 2014

One of the most iconic Westerns.

Full Review… | December 29, 2011
Movie Metropolis

John Sturges remake of Kurosawa's masterpiece, Seven Samurai, is enjoyable on its own terms due to the stellar cast, not to mention Elmer Bernstein's score, but it helps to know the Japansese classic.

Full Review… | August 8, 2011

Classic shoot-'em-up not for young viewers.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

Overly celebrated, but the gun fights are among the best ever in a Western.

February 3, 2006
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

An inferior remake of Akira Kurosawa's 1954 action classic The Seven Samurai, though worth seeing because of the star performances.

Full Review… | December 7, 2005
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Audience Reviews for The Magnificent Seven

Based on a story by Akira Kurosawa, starring Yul Brinner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn and Eli Wallach, directed by John (The Gunfight At The OK Corral/The Great Escape) Sturges and accompanied by one of the best musical scores ever written, and you have the ingredients for possibly the perfect old school western. Poor old Horst Buchholz didn't stand much of a chance up against an ensemble cast of this quality, but he makes a decent fist of a character who is essentially an amalgam of two characters from Seven Samurai, which makes way for Vaughn's gunslinger who has lost his nerve and slots seamlessly into the action. It does take a more popular culture slant on the original's more arthouse sensibilities, but it works perfectly. Brinner and McQueen make a brilliant double act and it even adds a more upbeat ending without failing to retain the spirit of the source material. One of the very few examples of a remake that is almost as worthwhile as the original.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


This is the Western version of The Seven Samurai; if you don't know the plot of The Seven Samurai, see that film instead.
Because the source material is so good and with the talents of Yul Brynner (wow: even Daniel Day-Lewis gets chills at that stare) and Steve McQueen, it's difficult that any director could screw this film up. The story is elementally compelling, and the action sequences are well-choreographed. The only issue that Kurosawa did not have to contend with that makes The Magnificent Seven problematic is race. In the Western version of the story, the seven gunfighters are white coming in to save Mexican villagers from being terrorized by Mexican bandits. In this way the film deploys the Hollywood trope of the "great white savior," and this added dimension gives the film a difficulty that it didn't face in the original.
Overall, this is an excellent film, but nothing beats the original.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

The Magnificent Seven is similar to the classic 1954 Japanese film Seven Samurai directed by the great Akira Kurosawa. I really enjoyed this one, but I found that it lacked something to really make it memorable and special. The cast is great and there are plenty of standout performances, and it is cool to see so many iconic Hollywood tough guys in one movie. However, this one could have been much better and it tends to rely way too much on Seven Samurai for its ideas. Each actor has made better films, but as an Americanized version of the 1954 classic, this film is a bit disappointing. I much preferred Seven Samurai than this. However this one has plenty of good moments and action, but like I said, it lacks a little extra. There are far better Westerns out there and the film would be a good addition to the genre, but Sergio Leone would deliver the greatest, most epic Westerns ever made. As it stands, this is an entertaining film that delivers something good for the viewer, but you're left wanting more out of this one. The direction, pacing and acting are good for what they are. This is enjoyable and if you enjoy Westerns, you may love it. However if you're going to watch one film, make it Seven Samurai due to the fact that it inspired this film, and it had a broader, more epic scope than this one. There are plenty of gun fights here to appeal to the viewer, but you can see the film's weaknesses in its writing and lack of truly original ideas. A must see though for genre fans despite it being an imperfect film.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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