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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At the start of the last shootout, Vin draws and fires on the bandito to his left in the doorway, then fires two more shots directly ahead, yet there are 3 bad guys sitting at the wall. There should have been a fourth shot fired in that scene if he was being thorough. See more »
[Chris and Vin enter their room, to see Lee sitting there, waiting]
You need men for a job in Mexico? How long?
Four, maybe six weeks.
That ought to do it. How much does the job pay?
I thought you were looking for the Johnson brothers, Lee.
I found them. Now, how much does the job pay?
I'll have the money before I leave. It should just take care of my last two days' rent.
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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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