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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.

Director:

John Sturges

Writer:

William Roberts (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yul Brynner ... Chris Larabee Adams
Eli Wallach ... Calvera
Steve McQueen ... Vin Tanner
Horst Buchholz ... Chico
Charles Bronson ... Bernardo O'Reilly
Robert Vaughn ... Lee
Brad Dexter ... Harry Luck
James Coburn ... Britt
Jorge Martínez de Hoyos Jorge Martínez de Hoyos ... Hilario (as Jorge Martinez de Hoyas)
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Old Man
Rosenda Monteros ... Petra
Rico Alaniz ... Sotero
Pepe Hern Pepe Hern ... Tomas
Natividad Vacío Natividad Vacío ... Villager (as Natividad Vacio)
Mario Navarro Mario Navarro ... Boy with O'Reilly
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Storyline

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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They were seven - And they fought like seven hundred! See more »


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Approved | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM - Former Official Site.

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

23 November 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Siete hombres y un destino See more »

Filming Locations:

State of Morelos, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,905,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Calvera: 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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Crazy Credits

And Introducing Horst Buchholz See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Liver Birds: Three's a Crowd (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

The Magnificent Seven Theme
Written by Elmer Bernstein
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A brilliant classic, beautifully scored, shot and acted.
13 September 2002 | by Richard BruntonSee 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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