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The Magnificent Seven (1960)

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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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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 ... 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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Official Sites:

MGM - Former Official Site.

Country:

USA | Philippines

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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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,905,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Yul Brynner studied shooting and the quick-draw method with Rodd Redwing, a Native American actor (he played one of the Gurkha scouts in the Errol Flynn film Objective, Burma! (1945)) and firearms expert who had taught many other Hollywood actors, including co-star Steve McQueen. See more »

Goofs

After the first gun battle between the 7 and the gang, Britt is seen emptying his revolver, presumably of spent casings, however he's 'shaking' out the rounds and not using the ejection rod. Any spent casings will have swollen during firing and will not fall freely from the cylinder, as he is seen doing. See more »

Quotes

Vin: All I'm saying is that sometimes you bend with the breeze, or you break.
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And Introducing Horst Buchholz See more »

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Na vode: Notebook (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

The Magnificent Seven Theme
Written by Elmer Bernstein
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A good western thriller with superb star cast.
2 June 2017 | by Fella_shibbySee all my reviews

I saw this film umpteenth number of times in the late 80s n early 90s on a VHS. Revisited it recently on a DVD after watching the remake (Denzel Washington one). Well this movie itself is a western remake of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai. As a fan of western films n being a big fan of Mcqueen, i enjoyed it more than Seven Samurai. The film is an engaging n adventurous western, awesomely directed by John Sturges. The story is simple, poor farmers hire seven gunslingers to protect them from a small army of bandits.

Yul Brynner is full of attitude n terrific as the leader of the seven. Steve McQueen really shines as the right-hand man. Charlie Bronson in his leanest physique wearing a stylish full sleeves tshirt n denim shirt. James Coburn is cool but very deadly with his knife than guns. His body language speaking louder than any of his lines. Robert Vaughn as the man who loves to live life king size n who's fightin his inner demons. Brad Dexter is the big muscular guy with a good sense of humour. And then there is Eli Wallach as the bandit leader. Watch out for Wallach's statement on generosity. The film has a lot of great scenes involving the action and shootouts that is engaging to watch. The Magnificent Seven is not complete without mentioning Elmer Bernstein's legendary score.


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