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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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Payte Bodeen
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Clint
John Phillips ...
Jed
Chuck Roberson ...
Mason
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Cavalry Lt. Collins
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Señorita Nellie
Steve Mitchell ...
Fowler
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Henchman
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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!

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Action | Western

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4 August 1956 (USA)  »

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Trivia

This film was rarely seen for decades, occasionally being shown at film festivals, until it was released on DVD as a restored, "Special Collectors Edition" nearly 50 years after its theatrical release. See more »

Goofs

When Lee Marvin remarks that it looks like rain, there are clouds in the sky, but in the next cut to Scott and Russell the sky is clear and azure blue. See more »

Quotes

Ben Stride: Well, I'll be seein' yuh. We gotta be movin'.
The Prospector: You oughta do the same, mister unless you hanker for a haircut from a Chirachua barber.
[laughs]
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Referenced in Collateral Damage (2002) See more »

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Seven Men From Now
by 'By' Dunham (as By Dunham) and Henry Vars
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Boetticher's first and probably finest western with Randolph Scott
5 October 2002 | by (Ottawa) – See all my reviews

I finally got to see Budd Boetticher's superb Technicolor western "Seven Men from Now" which was long considered a lost classic in 1950s American cinema. The copy I saw was a pre-restored version but in excellent condition. This is Boetticher's first of a series of fascinating, modest, and low-budget westerns with Randolph Scott. The others include "Buchanan Rides Alone", "Decision at Sundown", "The Tall T", "Ride Lonesome", and "Comanche Station".

All of them are superb, but "Seven Men" is really my favorite. As Andrew Sarris astutely observed in his Boetticher entry in The American Cinema, "Constructed partly as allegorical odysseys and partly as floating poker games in which every character took turns at bluffing about his hand or his draw until the final showdown, Boetticher's westerns expressed a weary serenity and moral certitude that was contrary to the more neurotic approaches of other directors in this neglected genre of the cinema". From the stunning opening sequence of Scott coming from behind the camera entering a rocky shelter to the final scene of Gail Russell watching Scott leaving the town, "Seven Men" is an exciting, brooding, and impeccably constructed western. Boetticher deftly uses the vast isolated landscape to comment on the characters' isolation and entrapment. The screenplay by Burt Kennedy is brilliant and witty. The film also features some extraordinary performances by Scott and his clever nemesis, played by the incredible Lee Marvin, a role that somehow anticipates his sadistic Liberty Valance in Ford's "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance". Scott plays a morally ambiguous ex-sheriff who, while helping an Eastern husband and wife, travel cross-country in their covered wagon, hunts for the seven men shot and killed his wife. The scenes between Scott and Russell are strangely moving and effective. The final showdown between Scott and Marvin is stunning and unforgettable.


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