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
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According to Eli Wallach's autobiography, Yul Brynner had a major problem with what he perceived as Steve McQueen's trying to upstage him. According to Wallach, McQueen would do things when on screen with Brynner to draw attention to his character. Examples were his shaking of the shotgun shells and taking off his hat to check the sun during the hearse scene and leaning off his horse to dip his hat in the river when the Seven cross into Mexico. Brynner was supposedly so worried about McQueen stealing his limelight in scenes that he hired an assistant to count the number of times McQueen touched his own hat when he [Brynner] was speaking. See more »
The steam locomotive when Britt duel with the cowboy (knife x revolver) is completely cold. No smoke is seen in the chimney as there is no steam coming out of the safety valves.
Odd all this because the freight cars were loaded with cattle on board by the cowboys and the crew apparently waiting for departure orders. Steam locomotives are not switched on or off at any time. They need hours to be used. See more »
What if you had to carry my load? The need to provide food, like a father, to fill the mouths of his hungry men?
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A brilliant classic, beautifully scored, shot and acted.
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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