Despite bearing no resemblance to Yul Brynner, including a full head of hair, George Kennedy takes over the role of Chris Adams, played by Brynner in the first two films. Even Adams' trademark dark clothing is gone. What remains is the steel resolve and affinity for cigars. See more »
During the beginning of the attack on the prison you can see a string attached to the knife that is thrown at the guard in the tower. See more »
Where is the meeting?
In the church.
Is Quintero with them?
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I've always been a big fan and personal admirer of George Kennedy. He's a number of great things. He's a severely underrated actor who appeared in a large number of cinematic milestones but hardly ever received any recognition for it. He's a versatile actor who can effortlessly adapt to every possible genre as well as to every possible type of character. He's a hard working and unpretentious actor who starred in massively budgeted blockbusters as well as in cheap B-movies. I also tell you what he's not, though George Kennedy is NOT Yul Brunner and therefore cannot carry the leading heroic role in a western, especially not when this particular western franchise already outstayed its welcome. In fact, George Kennedy is not a leading actor; period. He's at his best in a major supportive role. Standing in the shadow of the hero but still essential to the plot, like his roles in the "Airport" series.
"Guns of the Magnificent Seven" is a fairly worthless and time-wasting western, and that is definitely not George Kennedy's fault. As said already, the franchise was clearly dried out in the first sequel already and thus far all the follow-ups are redundant and uninvolving rehash of the original John Sturges' classic. Yet again, some poor Mexican schlemiel is seeking the help of Chris Adams because a malignant Colonel is exploiting the defenseless farmers in his community and this time even kidnapped their revolutionary leader. Yet once again Chris Adams seeks out six fellow gunslingers to ride with him, a process that already consumes 40 minutes of the entire film, and comes to the rescue. And, finally, once again the seven supposedly relentless hired gunman develop a deep sympathy for the pathetic Mexican villagers and sacrifice their lives for their well-being. Yawn. This third entry in the series is incredibly boring most of the time, because Chris' plan of action exists mostly of waiting. I was actually rooting for the drunk Mexican posse leader who continuously referred to the Seven as greedy cowards. None of the (not so) magnificent seven characters is even remotely worth talking about and the big bloody finale, set in an allegedly maximum security prison were all the guards take Sundays off to spend the day in bed with their wives, is overlong and unexciting.
There came one more sequel after this one, namely "The Magnificent Seven Ride!" with no less than Lee "the Bad" Van Cleef reprising the role of Marshal Chris Adams. I am still going to check that film out, mostly because I'm a Van Cleef fan boy. And, quite frankly, because I bought the Magnificent Seven box set, so I already paid for all four movies anyway.
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