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7 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.

Director:

Budd Boetticher

Writer:

Burt Kennedy (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Randolph Scott ... Ben Stride
Gail Russell ... Annie Greer
Lee Marvin ... Bill Masters
Walter Reed ... John Greer
John Larch ... Payte Bodeen
Don 'Red' Barry ... Clete (as Donald Barry)
Fred Graham ... Henchman
John Beradino ... Clint
John Phillips ... Jed
Chuck Roberson ... Mason
Stuart Whitman ... Cavalry Lt. Collins
Pamela Duncan ... Señorita Nellie
Steve Mitchell Steve Mitchell ... Fowler
Cliff Lyons ... Henchman
Fred Sherman Fred Sherman ... The Prospector
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Seven bullets from here his woman would be waiting -- Seven men from now -- her shame would be wiped out!

Genres:

Action | Western

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

7 Men from Now See more »

Filming Locations:

Calabasas, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Batjac Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After realizing he would not be able to star in the movie John Wayne considered abandoning it altogether. However, he then learned that Robert Mitchum's representatives were interested in purchasing the story as a vehicle for their star, so he gave the project to Warner Bros. 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: [about Greer] A man oughta be able to take care of his woman.
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Connections

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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Effective, evocative western
25 May 2002 | by scgary66See all my reviews

Scott's stoicism serves well here as he plays a man haunted by the ghosts of his past, and by what he perceives as his personal shame. The film benefits greatly from Lee Marvin's outstanding turn as an old nemesis who may want one more shot at the former sheriff who imprisoned him, and who rather enjoys twisting the knife after someone makes an innocently hurtful remark. Particularly effective scenes include Scott's nighttime conversation with Gail Russell (the wife in the couple he assists on their road West), as he lies under their prairie schooner and she lies above him with the wagon's floor separating them.

The story proceeds effectively, steadily revealing more of the dangers facing Scott in his quest; the dialogue is particularly sharp and enjoyable. The men he pursues are not particularly memorable - certainly not nearly so interesting as Marvin - but the real focus here is on Scott's character as he finds himself affected by his journey.

Not a truly great western in the mold of Shane or High Noon, or the classics of John Ford, this is still a fine addition to the genre and very enjoyable and moving. 7 of 10


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