Seven gunfighters are hired by Mexican peasants to liberate their village from oppressive bandits.

Director:

John Sturges

Writer:

William Roberts (screenplay)
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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 ... Hilario (as Jorge Martinez de Hoyas)
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Old Man
Rosenda Monteros ... Petra
Rico Alaniz ... Sotero
Pepe Hern Pepe Hern ... Tomas
Natividad Vacío ... Villager (as Natividad Vacio)
Mario Navarro Mario Navarro ... Boy with O'Reilly
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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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The movie appears to be set sometime in the mid- to late 1880s. However, all of the main characters wear low-slung, Buscadero-style holsters, which were basically unknown before the early 1900s. Actual belt guns in the "Wild West" era were worn at the belt line, usually in cross-draw holsters as they were both more comfortable to wear and easier to draw from while mounted on a horse. See more »

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Steve McQueen is wearing a wedding ring throughout the movie. See more »

Quotes

Chris: Morning. I'm a friend of Harry Luck's. He tells me you're broke.
O'Reilly: [chopping wood] Nah. I'm doing this because I'm an eccentric millionaire.
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Alternate Versions

The German theatrical release differs from the German VHS video in the scene where the magnificent seven have been taken by surprise and have to put down their weapons on the table. Chico is the last one and stands in enragement. In the theatrical version he then nevertheless unstraps his belt like the others. In the VHS video version Chris jumps at Chico just in that moment when he wants to pull the gun. Chris takes his gun and puts it on desk. Then Chico unstraps his belt. See more »

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Referenced in Truants (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

The Magnificent Seven Theme
Written by Elmer Bernstein
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Top drawer production
25 April 2003 | by Poseidon-3See all my reviews

What could have been a fairly routine western is lifted into the realm of classic thanks to some smart casting, sturdy direction and a rousing music score. A reworking of Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai", the story concerns a Mexican village which is constantly pillaged by bandit Wallach and his small army of followers. Three of the villagers hire a mix of gunslingers to come back to protect and defend the town and rid it of the oppressors. Brynner leads the group (seven in total, hence the title) as they teach the farmers how to use a gun and prepare the town for the eventual onslaught from Wallach. The already tough odds are lengthened when some of the villagers begin to lose faith in the power of the seven. Brynner is solid in the lead role (though, unfortunately, his later role in "Westworld" adds an odd shading to his character here.) He, McQueen and Coburn define the word cool as they go about their various exploits before and after they join forces. McQueen and Coburn are men of few words, but of fierce actions when necessary. Bronson (rather young and handsome, though still a little craggy looking) does his best with a pretty mushy storyline involving the youth of the village. Buchholz overacts feverishly as a determined, but inexperienced youth. Vaughn seems a tad out of place and has one major ham moment during a nightmare. Dexter (easily the most often forgotten member of the group) has a few moments, but his character is not particularly defined. Wallach excels in the showy role of the chief bandit. His brash performance is a great counterpoint to the more steely and solemn title gunmen. The villagers come off as hapless and pitiful, for the most part. Along the way, there are several memorable vignettes that showcase the charm of the actors involved. The casting director did an almost miraculous job of using known stars and picking supporting actors who would soon be just as big so that the film now has virtually an all-star cast. The biggest shot in the arm of all is the monumental score by Elmer Bernstein. The instantly recognizable title music is just one of the many great pieces he created for the film. The sometimes laconic story is carried a long way by his score. The concept of disparate characters being brought together for a common cause has been done many times, but rarely with this level of quality. It's sometimes hard to believe that the film was made in 1960 as its look, content and cast make it seem like a later film. It was definitely a touchstone in the development of the western film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

12 October 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Magnificent Seven See more »

Filming Locations:

State of Morelos, Mexico See more »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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