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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.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Two survivors of the initial Magnificent Seven outfit, Chris and Vin, recruit four new members in order to re-form the outfit and defend a few Mexican villages from attacks by vicious bandits.

Director: Burt Kennedy
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Chris Larabee Adams
... Calvera
... Vin Tanner
... Chico
... Bernardo O'Reilly
... Lee
... Harry Luck
... Britt
Jorge Martínez de Hoyos ... Hilario (as Jorge Martinez de Hoyas)
... Old Man
... Petra
... Sotero
Pepe Hern ... Tomas
Natividad Vacío ... Villager (as Natividad Vacio)
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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The Magnificent One! See more »


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MGM - Former Official Site.

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23 November 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Siete hombres y un destino  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,905,000
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In 1984 producer Walter Mirisch announced a remake of the film as part of his production deal with Universal. Walter Hill was slated to direct and Hill hoped for Robert Duvall to play the role of Chris. However, the poor performance of Hill's Streets of Fire (1984) at the US box office led to the Universal brass cancelling the project. See more »

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When talking about what food the villagers are providing the Seven, Charles Bronson's character-represented as being of hispanic ancestry-pronounces the word enchilada as though it were French, sounding like onchilada. See more »

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[Chris and Vin enter their room, to see Lee sitting there, waiting]
Lee: Remember me?
Chris Adams: Yup.
Lee: You need men for a job in Mexico? How long?
Chris Adams: Four, maybe six weeks.
Lee: That ought to do it. How much does the job pay?
Chris Adams: I thought you were looking for the Johnson brothers, Lee.
Lee: [smirking] I found them. Now, how much does the job pay?
Chris Adams: Twenty dollars.
Lee: I'll have the money before I leave. It should just take care of my last two days' rent.
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And Introducing Horst Buchholz See more »

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The Magnificent Seven Theme
Written by Elmer Bernstein
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Yul Is Cool!
26 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is considered one of the all-time great westerns: a real classic, and I can't argue. I've seen a number of faster-moving and better westerns but few with a cast this good that's still entertaining. I never get tired of seeing the stars in this movie. How often are actors like Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn and Eli Wallach boring.....or all in the same movie? Not too often. Throw in Robert Vaughn and Horst Buchholz and you have a memorable cast.

As "cool" as McQueen was in his day, in this film Brynner was the "coolest" guy. Just the intense look on his face with those piercing eyes and deep voice command attention whenever he's on screen. Meanwhile, nobody but nobody played a Mexican villain better than Wallach.

The "good guys" in this classic movie are all professional killers and show their human side by admitting their weaknesses and the emptiness of their profession. No one says it better here than Bronson, who gives a couple of very powerful "sermons" to some young boys.

A solid western and a pretty famous theme song, too! It's also another good example of showing some real tough guys who can be convincing without profanity. Can you imagine the dialog if this film was re-made today?!


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