The Magnificent Seven

PhotobucketPhotobucketGripping epic western of mercenaries hired for protection by a Mexican village terrorized by a gang of outlaws.  Despite being “merely” a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai and borrowing themes from the westerns of John Ford, this action film remains one of the most riveting of all time. Director John Sturges has a remarkable rapport with his actors.  Indeed he would successfully reteam with Steve McQueen, James Coburn and Charles Bronson 3 years later in The Great Escape.  Creative casting also includes Yul Brynner off his success in The King and I and Jewish actor Eli Wallach as Mexican bandit Calvera.  This brilliant ensemble cast highlight a perfectly realized tale of good vs. evil.

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2 Responses to “The Magnificent Seven”

  1. Nice review. TM7 has been one of those movies I grab at Blockbuster several times, but always end up taking something else home. Will definitely give it a watch.

  2. Talk about an intimidating villain! You could tell through the whole movie Chris was scared to death the little guy’d wind up kvetching him to death. But the casting makes sense, if you think about it. A lot of the ten lost tribes wound up in the Americas. Didn’t they?

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