The Magnificent Seven is one of the quintessential westerns from back in the day, a remake of the Japanese film Seven Samurai, and still surprising holds up, though there are obviously some dated elements that kept me from LOVING it. The film stars all the big names from the time like Steve McQueen, Yul Brynner, Robert Vaughn, Charles Bronson, and James Coburn as some of the outlaws and Eli Wallach as the main villain, so it was obviously a big deal upon initial release. The story follows a small, Mexican town being extorted by a gangster for all it's worth, which leads the townspeople to recruit a small group of gunslingers to help them fight back. Think, A Bug's Life with much more death and mayhem. The acting is definitely the strong-point of this film, with great chemistry between the main stars, even though Brynner and McQueen famously did not get along! It's directed by John Sturges, who infuses some surprising levity throughout the film and the tone is far more upbeat and whimsical then I would have imagined. Where the film falters a bit is the incredibly lame gun fights, where if any of the main characters die, they seem to forget how to shoot for a moment, are apparently struck down by God himself, and then have an over-the-top and cheesy death moment. The cast is very likable, the story is a classic, and it's definitely a western in every sense of the word, but to me, I respect its place in film history, but I wouldn't revisit it when there's a much better remake available.