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The horse that Chris Pratt rode in this film was the same horse in War Horse (2011).
According to director Antoine Fuqua, one of the reasons that Martin Sensmeier was cast as Native American Red Harvest was that Sensmeier had luxuriant, almost knee-length hair when he auditioned. Not having been told that this had been a selling point, Sensemeier cut his hair shortly thereafter. Fuqua was upset, but then had the idea for Sensmeier to have his hair cut into a Mohawk, which fortunately also turned out to be historically accurate.
James Horner worked on this film after he and Antoine Fuqua became close friends while making Southpaw (2015). According to Fuqua, Horner's team visited him on the film's set in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, one month after Horner's accidental death, to deliver the completed score. Horner had been so inspired after reading the script that he composed the entire score during pre-production.
This is one of the few Western movies where an actor's ethnicity matches their character's. Byung-hun Lee is East Asian (Korean), Martin Sensmeier is Native Alaskan (Tlingit) and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo was born in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Later in the movie, Chris Pratt uses a shortened lever-action rifle. This unique firearm--nicknamed "The Mare's Leg"--was made popular by Steve McQueen in his series Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958). Pratt's character is McQueen's character from The Magnificent Seven (1960).
When Red Harvest first appears, he speaks in Comanche, the language of his character. However, when he states, "My name is Red Harvest," it is in Tlingit, the language of Martin Sensmeier's Native (Alaskan) people.
The theme song from the original The Magnificent Seven (1960) plays during the end credits.
Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt were the first two actors cast. Antoine Fuqua knew that both men had expressed interest in appearing in a western film. Getting Washington was easy but Fuqua initially was unsure which role Pratt would fits in. On the second phone call between Fuqua and Pratt, the latter started to sing "Oh Shenandoah", which Fuqua immediately declared that "Pratt is Steve McQueen".
Almost each time there is a shot of Vasquez, the Mexican cue is heard, which is actually reused cue from James Horner's earlier score for The Mask of Zorro (1998).
The Gatling guns used in the time period of this film were chambered in .45-70 Government, which had a muzzle velocity of 1.600 feet per second, a 300-grain lead bullet and had a range of well over a mile. In fact, the Army's standard target at the time the caliber was used was a 6x6 wooden target at 600 yards, well over the distance shown in this film, and the .45-70 round was also used to shoot bison (buffalo) in the late 1800's. So modest cover would not have saved you and the range for the Gatling gun in the movie was more than accurate.
Chris Pratt's character tells a story of a guy falling off a five-story building. At every floor the people hear him say, "So far, so good." This is an homage to Steve McQueen's character on the original The Magnificent Seven (1960) telling the same tale, except it was a ten-story building.
James Horner uses the same five-note french horn progression in parts of the score, notably the riding scenes, that he previously used in Avatar (2009)
Denzel Washington's first western film.
James Horner only wrote seven pieces for the film.
The characters use explosives produced by the Giant Powder Co. of San Francisco. The company began operations in 1868 as the US' first manufacturer of dynamite under exclusive license granted personally by Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite.
Martin Sensmeier's character name Red Harvest is an homage to the Dashiell Hammett story of the same name which Akira Kurosawa borrowed for the plot of his other great samurai tale, Yojimbo (1961). Kurosawa wrote the movie Seven Samurai (1954) upon which The Magnificent Seven (1960) is based.
Jason Momoa was originally going to appear in the film. He dropped out due to his commitment with Aquaman (2018).
Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke's third collaboration with director Antoine Fuqua since Training Day (2001); Hawke co-starred in Brooklyn's Finest (2009), and Washington starred in The Equalizer (2014).
Some areas of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where filming took place, had to be re-landscaped to resemble the "Old West."
Wagner Moura was originally cast as Vasquez. The role was recast because he was committed to film the Netflix show Narcos (2015), in which he plays Pablo Escobar.
The cabin where Jack Horne lives is also featured in True Grit (2010), starring Jeff Bridges.
Haley Bennett and Denzel Washington both previously starred together in The Equalizer (2014) also directed by Antoine Fuqua.
When Red Harvest said, "White mans food looks like dog food" the line was spoken in Tlingit but it did not match the translation. "Dleit shawáat" means white woman.
Walter Mirisch was one of the most successful independent film producers in Hollywood in the 1960s. He worked alongside Yul Brynner, producer Lou Morheim, director John Sturges and screenwriter Walter Newman to get Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai (1954) remade in America. Many decades after its release, Mirisch still holds The Magnificent Seven (1960) in high regard.
Christian Bale was approached about a role.
This is Chris Pratt's first western.
Robert Vaughn passed away several weeks after the film's US release.
The final screenwriting credits lists Nic Pizzolatto and Richard Wenk as the credited writers. John Lee Hancock rewrote Pazzolotto's script substantially but was denied a writing credit by the WGA.
The location temperatures in Baton Rouge (Louisiana) rose as high as 124° Fahrenheit on some occasions.
Chris Pratt and Vincent D'Onofrio both starred in Jurassic World (2015). Pratt played Owen and D'Onofrio played Hoskins.
On March 29, 2015, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer set release for January 13, 2017. In August 2015 Sony Pictures Entertainment moved the release to September 23, 2016.
Chris Pratt appears in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), as well as Kurt Russell, whose father, Bing Russell appeared in The Magnificent Seven (1960).
Chris Pratt and Vincent D'Onofrio have both appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe--Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)) and D'Onofrio as Wilson Fisk/Kingpin (Daredevil (2015)).
Walter Mirisch, the executive producer of this film, was also the producer of the film of which this is a remake, The Magnificent Seven (1960).
Ethan Hawke and Vincent D'Onofrio previously starred together as brothers in The Newton Boys (1998), Little New York (2009), Brooklyn's Finest (2009) and Sinister (2012).
Tom Cruise was previously in talks to star.
The cabin that Jack Horne lives in is the same cabin from True Grit where Jeff Bridges kicks the Indian dwarves off the balcony
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As a teenager, Antoine Fuqua was inspired to be a filmmaker after watching two films, The Magnificent Seven (1960) and Scarface (1983). He once said that he would lobby to do a remake of these films if there would be a plan to do so. Fortunately, he got his chance; producer Roger Birnbaum wanted to do a remake after leaving his position as co-chairman of MGM, saying the original film and its characters underline the theme of mortality, a theme that he holds after surviving a gastrointestinal tumor.
Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon were considered for parts.
Chris Pratt's horse is named Jack, the same name as his son in real life
James Horner had composed the soundtrack of Battle Beyond the Stars (1980), which was a futuristic remake of Seven Samurai (1954), which was remade as The Magnificent Seven (1960).
Ethan Hawke's second western of 2016. The first was In a Valley of Violence (2016).
In the original Westworld (1973), Yul Brynner's character was modeled after his character from the film The Magnificent Seven (1960). Chris Pratt appeared in Jurassic World (2015), which was also based on a story by Michael Crichton, about an amusement park gone wrong.
Antoine Fuqua's second PG-13 theatrical film.
In the beginning of the film, Joshua Faraday encounters a man who calls himself the "Two-Gun Kid." Faraday is played by Chris Pratt, who also portrays Peter Quill (Star-Lord) in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), based on the characters from Marvel Comics. In the comics there is also a character named Two-Gun Kid, and he was even a member of the Avengers.
The film reunites Denzel Washington with Ethan Hawke and Antoine Fuqua whom Washington had worked with on Training Day (2001).
This is Chris Pratt's second remake. His first was Delivery Man (2013).
This was Antoine Fuqua's first feature film to be rated M. His previous ones had been rated MA and R.
This is the second time Haley Bennett appeared in a movie using The Magnificent Seven (1960) theme. The first was Hardcore Henry (2015).
The original 1960 The Magnificent Seven (1960) featured Yul Brynner, who later appeared in Westworld (1973), a film about a theme park that goes wrong, directed by Michael Crichton and based on his novel. Chris Pratt appeared in Jurassic World (2015), which was also based on a Michael Crichton novel.
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Chris Pratt's earlier film Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) was about misfits (a thief, an assassin, 2 bounty hunters, and a vengeful warrior) who come together to stop an evil fanatic from wiping out the inhabitants of a planet. The Magnificent Seven (2016) is a similar film about characters who are bounty hunters, gunfighters and outlaws who join forces to help a village deal with another evil fanatic.
Robert Vaughn, who played Lee in the original film (The Magnificent Seven (1960)), was not offered a cameo role in the film.
In some points in the movie, the names Comanche, Denali, and Cheyenne are mentioned; all of them are related to American trucks; Chevrolet Silverado is known as Cheyenne in some countries.
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Out of 109 cast listed for the movie, only 9 are women.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Of the seven, the four who don't make it either died died ironically or unknowingly alluded to their deaths.

Jack Horne: his vest was mended, the woman stating that the stitching would outlast him. He dies by the hands of a Native American, of which he had scalped 300 in his lifetime as a bounty hunter.

Goodnight and Billy: "Where I go, Billy goes." He later states "I pulled the trigger in violence, I'll die a ghastly death."

Faraday: When they take the explosives from the mine he states "I've always wanted to blow something up." Afterwards it becomes the last thing he does.
The Battle of Antietam, where Goodnight earned the nickname "The Angel of Death," took place 17 years before the Battle of Rose Creek.
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Matt Bomer (Mathew Cullen) died at the beginning of the movie, even before his name appeared in the opening credits.
Matt Bomer is listed in the opening credits, even though he dies at the beginning of the film. Cam Gigandet, who plays a larger role, is not.
In Training Day (2001), also directed by Antoine Fuqua, Denzel Washington dies and Ethan Hawke lives. In this film, it's the reverse: Washington lives and Hawke dies. Both were killed by automatic gunfire in their respective films.
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Josh Faraday (Chris Pratt) gave away a hint to the ending, when the gang found explosives in a barn, by saying "I always wanted to blow something up".

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