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Seven Men from Now (1956)

 -  Western  -  4 August 1956 (USA)
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A former sheriff blames himself for his wife's death during a Wells Fargo robbery and vows to track down and kill the seven men responsible.

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Gail Russell ...
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Walter Reed ...
John Larch ...
Payte Bodeen
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Clete (as Donald Barry)
Fred Graham ...
Henchman
John Beradino ...
Clint
John Phillips ...
Jed
Chuck Roberson ...
Mason
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Cavalry Lt. Collins
Pamela Duncan ...
Señorita Nellie
Steve Mitchell ...
Fowler
Cliff Lyons ...
Henchman
Fred Sherman ...
The Prospector
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Ex-sheriff Ben Stride tracks the seven men who held up a Wells Fargo office and killed his wife. Stride is tormented by the fact that his own failure to keep his job was the cause of his wife's working in the express office and thus he is partly responsible for her death. Stride encounters a married couple heading west for California and helps them. Along the way they are joined by two n'er-do-wells, Masters and Clete, who know that Stride is after the express-office robbers. They plan to let Stride lead them to the bandits, then make away with the loot themselves. But they aren't the only ones carrying a secret. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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4 August 1956 (USA)  »

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7 Men from Now  »

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Both Budd Boetticher and writer Burt Kennedy hated the title song and lobbied to have it eliminated when the film was restored, but Batjac and UCLA insisted the film be shown in its original form. See more »

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The configuration of the mud changes on Gail Russell's face several times. See more »

Quotes

Cavalry Lt. Collins: We've been dispatched from Fort Crittenden to make a wide sweep south to contact any and all Chirichua in the area. Reports indicate they may be massing along the border.
Ben Stride: Can't be more than 50 of them left in the whole territory.
Cavalry Lt. Collins: Oh, according to our scouts there's well over 100.
Ben Stride: [Laconically] That include the squaws, Lieutenant?
Cavalry Lt. Collins: I take it you don't think the Indians are dangerous.
Ben Stride: They're worse than that. They're hungry. Nothing as deadly as a half-starved Chirichua,
Cavalry Lt. Collins: Well then, we agree.
Ben Stride: [...]
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Seven Men From Now
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Outstanding western, Scott and Marvin are great.
18 August 2005 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Seven Men is a film much more about three men (Scott, Marvin, and Walter Reed) and a woman (Gail Russel), than about the seven men that have to be killed because in a shootout during a robbery they killed Scott's wife. Greer (Walter Reed) is apparently a weak man, he is described by Marvin as half a man, and Scott in a dialog with Greer's wife Annie (Russell), is doubtful of her love for Greer. Marvin is a man that lives by a Darwinian code, survival of the fittest, but with no morals attached. He is attracted to Annie, but knows that to him she is unreachable. Scott ranks well in Marvin's code, Marvin respects him because he is fit to survive, but Scott does not do well in his own code. The problem is that when in the past he was not reelected sheriff, he was too proud to take a job as a deputy. His wife had to become the provider by taking a job at Wells Fargo, where she was killed. Scott cannot forgive himself for that. Finding a job was also a problem for Greer, that is why he is going on a wagon to California. Lee Marvin is a great villain and Gail Russel quite a presence. This is a western that catches you off guard, a story that might be conventional, but presented in a unique, personal way.


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