All right, so maybe it doesn't have the depth of the Seven Samurai, but it does have more classic lines than just about any other movie. I'll nominate it real good
It’s a classic western, but Magnificent Seven pales in comparison to the film that inspired it, Seven Samauri. It’s a veneer riding on top of the emotional depth, humanity, and visceral impact of the original. And of course it succumbs to a Hollywood happy love story ending. However, on its own Magnificent Seven is entertaining and well-made, and treats native Mexicans with dignity.
My all time favorite western; every character is outstanding including the supporting actors. The best cast ever put together for a post-war western!
I did not see the recent remake of this, but heard it didn't include Elmer Bernstein's incomparable musical composition which was outstanding forever!
Great movie, and even greater music theme.
[Not pertinent, perhaps, but the immigration policy of America should be closely tied in to the Americas, as there is something of a continuity of culture from the tip of the Yukon to the furthest edge of Tierra Del Fuego. A shared vision of immigrants and and shared history of indigenous peoples. Don't like the present policies at all.]
I recently borrowed The Magnificent Seven – saw it reviewed on the SPL homepage. Didn’t realize until I got home that the DVD was a remake of the original (has Denzel Washington in it.) I’m sure I probably saw the original as a child (westerns were standard viewing in my home), but didn’t remember the storyline. So, I borrowed the original with Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, and Robert Vaughn which was released in 1960. The opening credits state that the film is an American remake of Akiro Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai (I haven’t seen that film either in many, many years.) This is a classic Western - a terrorized Mexican village hires a group of gunslingers to protect them from the bad guys who come into their town and steal their belongings and resources. The villagers are farmers, not fighters, so they look for hired help. They encounter Yul, tell him their problems and he goes about recruiting six other gunslingers to protect village. The DVD has lots of shooting, but also has the Mag 7 getting a bit philosophical near the end. There is some cheesy overacting, but the storyline is solid and the Magnificent Seven ends with a big shootout with the bad guys. Apparently, there were 3 sequels and a television show. One commenter in the bonus features says that the Magnificent Seven was the last epic Western made before television took over the genre. Think I can watch the more recent remake now and will have to borrow the Seven Samurai.
Sturges' remake of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai is always worth a look, mainly for the performances of McQueen, Bronson, Coburn and Vaughn.
I want to do ten stars
Outstanding Western. Great cast. I wish I could give it 6 stars.
Robert Vaughan died just the other day at 90 years old, the last of the seven still alive, but they are all in their prime in this one, great stars in a great movie, good vs evil, beautiful women, handsome guys, bad guys getting their desserts, good guys dying heroically, the innocent and naïve farmers surviving to plant another crop to settle and pacify the violent land ... makes for a great American romantic story of life in the untamed desert, and the scenery is great, but let's face it, it gives you little idea of what actually happened in those days ... so what though? Enjoy it, it refreshes after the craziness of today's world, a great classic...
One of the great American film westerns, based on the Akira Kurosawa classic "The Seven Samurai."
Fascinating to learn that upon its initial release (1960) "The Magnificent Seven" was received as more or less just another cowboy flick, a good one--made even better by a flavorful, majestic Elmer Bernstein score--but nothing moviegoers and critics of the day would necessarily describe as iconic.
That would change as that memorable Bernstein score and the future stardom of the charismatic cast--McQueen, Coburn, Wallach, and Bronson especially--helped it grow in myth and stature over time.
And of course Yul Brynner, who played Chris Adams, the lead gunman who recruits the other six, was already a major Hollywood star, coming off successes like "The King and I," "The Ten Commandments," and "Anastasia."
...On the other hand not all of the Magnificent Seven had magnificent careers. Brad Dexter, who played Chris's old friend Harry Luck, was the one cast member whose star never rose high, finding steady work in tough guy roles mostly in television. Even actor Horst Buchholz (Chico, the youngest of the Seven) enjoyed a thriving career if primarily internationally.
Check this one out not just for the movie but for a very entertaining commentary track.
"Yeah. The graveyards are full of men who are very young and very proud."
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