Seven Chances

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Told that he will inherit $7 million by 7 p.m. if he can get married in time, lovelorn lawyer Jimmie Shannon sets off on a wild bride-chase. The hilariously inventive comedy culminates with one of Buster Keaton's most renowned set pieces that finds him pursued through the streets of Los Angeles by a gaggle of wannabe-wives - as well as scores of massive, dislodged boulders.

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  • Jul 25, 2014
    An absolutely hilarious comedy with great editing, score, framing and cinematography, even if the initial scenes in early Technicolor have not survived in such a good state - and it is really impressive to see so much action, thrill and energy in a movie made at that time.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 09, 2013
    Certainly not the best of Buster Keaton's films I've seen but that doesn't mean it isn't excellent and funny, because it is. The film saves all the physical comedy for the last 20 minutes and its climactic chase sequence, so it can be a little "harder" to enjoy. There are certainly some funny moments and watching Buster's character trying, and failing miserably, to find a woman, any woman, to marry him so he can inherit $7 million. Of course the film does tell a good love story because Jimmie doesn't want to marry anybody except the woman he loves, but the the threat of going to prison, which he will if he can't come up with the money, forces him into this situation. Of course things escalate because Jimmie's business partner puts an ad out in the newspaper revealing Jimmie's information to the entire town and how he needs to be married to get the money. This, of course, brings out EVERY woman in the town and their chase of Buster Keaton is the highlight of the film. It's an extended sequence that lasts, maybe, the last 20 minutes of the film and it is incredible. Definitely the best on-foot chase sequence I've ever seen. It's hilarious, full of great stunts and definitely very inventive. Buster Keaton definitely did not fuck about when it came to creating stunts. Again, the last 20 minutes of the film were absolutely tremendous and makes the entire film worth watching. I did think there was also a lot of ugly racism in the film that certainly put a damper on things. There were at least three instances of blackface. There was also this one scene, when Buster's searching for a woman, where he sees a woman from behind and walks up to her and sees that she's black, really a white woman in blackface, and he runs away, as if scared. I suppose it was a sign of the times, but it doesn't make it any less offensive. Regardless, even with the racism and the "slow" set-up, it really isn't it's just that all the slapstick is left for the climax, I found this to be a great and entertaining movie. The chase sequence is some of Buster's best work, so I'd definitely recommend this if you're a Keaton fan.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jun 02, 2012
    It's an oft told tale, but Keaton is the master of physicality - and some of the stunts make today's look weak. Wonderful film.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2011
    The funniest silent movie ever? "Seven Chances" isn't as brilliant as "Our Hospitality," "The General" and "Sherlock Jr." as a total filmmaking package, but it's absolutely hysterical. And the high-concept plot feels remarkably contemporary -- no wonder the story was remade in the modern era with Chris O'Donnell. The trickling accumulation of the bridal mob is perfectly paced, and Keaton's daring athleticism during the avalanche sequence is just incredible.
    Eric B Super Reviewer

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