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Return of the Magnificent Seven (1966)

Return of the Seven (original title)
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.

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Burt Kennedy

Writer:

Larry Cohen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yul Brynner ... Chris
Robert Fuller ... Vin
Julián Mateos ... Chico (as Julian Mateos)
Warren Oates ... Colbee
Claude Akins ... Frank
Elisa Montés ... Petra (as Elisa Montes)
Fernando Rey ... Priest
Emilio Fernández ... Lorca (as Emilio Fernandez)
Virgilio Teixeira ... Luis Delgado (as Virgilio Texeira)
Rodolfo Acosta ... Lopez (as Rudy Acosta)
Jordan Christopher ... Manuel
Gracita Sacromonte Gracita Sacromonte ... Flamenco Dancer
Carlos Casaravilla ... First Peon
Ricardo Palacios ... Jailer
Felisa Jiminez Felisa Jiminez ... Female Prisoner (as Felisa Jimenez)
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Storyline

Chico, one of the remaining members of The Magnificent Seven, has set down roots in the village that they had defended in the first film. One day, the village is raided by fifty gunmen under the employ of rancher Lorca. Lorca's bandits abduct all of the village's men to be used as slave labor, leaving the women and children behind. Chris, the former leader of the Seven, is sought out by Chico's wife Petra for help, and thus assembles a new Seven to come to the village's rescue once again. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>, <napsterneorenegade@hotmail.com>

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Between the law and the lawless - SEVEN again... MAGNIFICENT again!

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Action | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

Spain | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

19 October 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Return of the Magnificent Seven See more »

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Gross USA:

$6,322,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Yul Brynner (Chris) was the only actor to reprise his role from The Magnificent Seven (1960). See more »

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When they are leaving the courtyard on horseback after teaming up, you can see the camera rock from the truck it was on suddenly accelerating to keep up with them. Shortly after that, as they pass through an archway and turn right to leave town, you can see the shadow of the camera truck on the wall of a building as it stays with them as they're riding out of town. See more »

Quotes

Vin: I heard you were riding shotgun for the Overland Stage.
Chris: I was. My doctor told me to quit. For my health.
Vin: Why?
Chris: Too much lead in the air.
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Poor script, good action
10 February 2002 | by rmahaney4See all my reviews

In some ways, it almost seems unfair to compare a sequel to the original, that we should judge it on it's own merits. However, usually the only reason we are watching a sequel is because of the original, so my review consists primarily in comparison.

The most interesting thing about Return is how hard the makers tried to make it like the original. They were largely successful. Burt Kennedy's direction is good and recreates the visual feel of the original. Of course, Bernstein's score highlights the film. The story, different in particulars, is goes through essentially the same stages: armed men attack the village, the call for help, the gathering of the seven, traveling to the village, defying the villain, the first attack beaten off, a pause where we get to know the characters and their motivations better, the final attack. The only difference is that the villagers do not 'betray' their protectors, as in the Magnificent Seven. A character even sneaks into the enemy camp in much the same fashion as in the earlier movie.

The real weakness of the sequel is the script. Along with the excellent acting and music, the dialogue in the first film was very well written and something of a departure from earlier westerns. It was terse, oftentimes funny, filled with meaning. In Return the delivery and the tone is the same, but the words spoken so solemnly are utterly commonplace and with no humor. Robert Fuller would have been a good replacement for McQueen, but the character is written completely differently and is far less interesting.

The acting, also, is inferior to the first film.

Another problem with the film is the portrayal of the peasants. They are a not characters, as in The Magnificent Seven, but a mass. This film is solely about the 7 Americans riding to the rescue to the rescue of defenseless peasants and at times seems to have a pro-intervention (pro-Vietnam?) political subtext that the in first film, which was a translation of Seven Samurai to the New World, was either absent or more subtle.

All this said and out of the way, film has lots of action, a good score, and Yul Brynner, who is always fun to watch in a western whether it is The Magnificent Seven or Adios, Sabata. Fans of westerns and action films will probably find it entertaining.

Familiar face Emilio Fernandez, who played Lorca, acted in over 70 films, starting in Mexico, and wrote and directed many of them. The relationship between his character, his dead sons, and Chris could have made a very compelling film. Unfortunately it was not expanded on.


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