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The Magnificent Seven (1960)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1960 Wide

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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

May 8, 2001

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One of the most iconic Westerns.

December 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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.

August 8, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

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

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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.

December 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A classic that's never been one of my favorite Westerns.

November 12, 2005 | Comments (3)
Fantastica Daily

If you're going to rip someone off, may as well rip off the best

October 10, 2005
Film Threat

Get the Pringles ready.

April 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

A classic western, a stellar cast.

January 3, 2005
Kansas City Kansan

If it's not the greatest Western ever made, it's certainly in the top three. This is the movie that made Steve McQueen a star.

September 27, 2002
Countingdown.com

Simply one of the most entertaining Westerns ever made.

July 28, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

a rousing adventure story that not only includes a brilliant cast, but explores some of the deeper contradictions of the mythic noble outlaw

May 12, 2001
Q Network Film Desk

...holds up as a rousing adventure and as a fascinating turning point in the history of movies about the Old West.

May 3, 2001
Movie Metropolis

One of the most popular Westerns of all time, the heroic story of The Magnificent Seven has influenced countless other movies in nearly every genre.

May 2, 2001 Full Review

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.
December 4, 2013
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xGary Xx

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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.
September 25, 2013
hunterjt13
Jim Hunter

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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.
December 9, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Shocking, that one of the great, classic Western films is actually a remake of Kurosawa's Samurai film. That doesn't take anything away from this humorous, tragic, enthralling gunslinger drama, where men are still men and women need protection. In this case it's a whole village that finds a bunch of heroes to fight back against regularly invading bandits. Great characters you love to cheer for, shootouts, a fantastic soundtrack. This film leaves little to desire and is re-watchable over and over.
April 26, 2012
ironclad1609

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    1. Chris: Only the farmers won. We lost. We always lose.
    – Submitted by jaswant r (19 months ago)
    1. Vin: Fella I once knew in El Paso, one day he took all his clothes off and jumped in a mess of cactus. I asked him the same question, why? He said it seemed to be a good idea at the time.
    – Submitted by Takushi Y (21 months ago)
    1. Vin: It seemed like a good idea at the time. So far so good.
    – Submitted by Rob J (2 years ago)
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