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The Magnificent Seven (1960)

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An oppressed Mexican peasant village hires seven gunfighters to help defend their homes.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jorge Martínez de Hoyos ...
Hilario (as Jorge Martinez de Hoyas)
Pepe Hern ...
Natividad Vacío ...
Villager (as Natividad Vacio)
Mario Navarro ...
Boy with O'Reilly


A bandit terrorizes a small Mexican farming village each year. Several of the village elders send three of the farmers into the United States to search for gunmen to defend them. They end up with seven, each of whom comes for a different reason. They must prepare the town to repulse an army of thirty bandits who will arrive wanting food. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Release Date:

23 November 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Siete hombres y un destino  »

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Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


James Coburn (Britt) and Robert Vaughn (Lee) have only 11 and 16 lines in the entire film respectively. Although they were close friends for almost 50 years, this is their only film together. See more »


When riding shotgun on the hearse Tanner's grip on the shotgun changes through shots. See more »


Chico: But who made us the way we are, huh? Men with guns. Men like Calvera, and men like you... and now me.
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And Introducing Horst Buchholz See more »


Referenced in MenT: (Minecraft) The Wafer (2012) See more »


The Magnificent Seven Theme
Written by Elmer Bernstein
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A brilliant classic, beautifully scored, shot and acted.
13 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

A wonderful classic beautifully scored and shot.

There are so many moody looks between characters, and little movements or idiosyncrasies that just make each of the gunmen seem so real. Apparently, there were big egos behind the camera that caused these acts of showmanship, but unlike most films where the egos clash, here they just build the characters up without harming them.

Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen are just wonderful, and James Coburn and Charles Bronson both put in equal performances. There's just nothing about this film that you can fault, the script is kept light when required and the stunning score lifts up and the acting is huge but never too much. This is a must see…again and again.

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