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Seven Men from Now (1956)

Approved | | Action, Western | 4 August 1956 (USA)
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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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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Seven bullets from here his woman would be waiting -- Seven men from now -- her shame would be wiped out!


Action | Western


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Release Date:

4 August 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

7 Men from Now  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


For her first scene, Gail Russell had to be covered in mud and help pull the wagon through the mud pit. Although the crew was worried about her, she was a real trooper and spent six hours covered in mud and cold from the water. The director didn't want her to look like she had had mud applied by the make-up artists. To everyone's surprise, she did a perfect nose fall into the mud hole and came up very realistic. See more »


Stride's leg wound changes from his right leg to his left leg (as evidenced by his using the rifle for a cane with first his right hand and then his left) and then back to his right leg by the end. See more »


Ben Stride: [about Greer] A man oughta be able to take care of his woman.
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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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