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The Magnificent Seven (1960)




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A Mexican village is being terrorized by the bandit Calvera (Eli Wallach) and his gun blazing goons. Seven American mercenaries are hired to protect the village. The group trains the townsfolk in gunplay as a trap is set for Calvera. The bandits suffer casualties after a raid, but they regroup to capture the seven gunmen. Yul Brenner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Horst Buchholz, James Coburn and Brad Dexter star as the seven guns who must escape wrath of their captor Calvera. The story is taken from the Japanese film "Seven Samurai" which served as a blueprint for this near classic Western saga.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


Eli Wallach
as Calvera
Brad Dexter
as Harry Luck
Whit Bissell
as Chamlee
Val Avery
as Henry
Bob Wilke
as Wallace
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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
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for The Magnificent Seven

Yul Brynner leads an all star cast as seven gunman are hired to defend a tiny farming villages from los banditos locos. There's no money to be had while facing impossible odds, so why do it? Why risk your life? The film gives us reason to care about the answer in what many consider one of the great Westerns.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

An entertaining Western remake of Kurosawa's samurai classic and, like that film, more concerned with developing its characters and letting them grown on us instead of just focusing on the battle, while the great cast and Bernstein's score make it epic and unforgettable.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

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

The Magnificent Seven Quotes

Calvera: Generosity... that was my first mistake. I leave these people a little bit extra, and then they hire these men to make trouble. It shows you, sooner or later, you must answer for every good deed.
– Submitted by Murray H (8 months ago)
Chris: Only the farmers won. We lost. We always lose.
– Submitted by jaswant r (3 years ago)
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 (3 years ago)
Vin: It seemed like a good idea at the time. So far so good.
– Submitted by Rob J (4 years ago)

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