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The Magnificent Seven Ride! (1972)

Forced by personal circumstances, Marshal Chris Adams recruits a writer and five prisoners to help him eliminate a gang of Mexican bandits.

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George McCowan

Writer:

Arthur Rowe
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Van Cleef ... Chris
Stefanie Powers ... Laurie Gunn
Michael Callan ... Noah Forbes
Mariette Hartley ... Arrila
Luke Askew ... Mark Skinner
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Pepe Carral (as Pedro Armendariz Jr.)
Ralph Waite ... Jim Mackay
Melissa Murphy Melissa Murphy ... Madge Buchanan
William Lucking ... Walt Drummond
James Sikking ... Andy Hayes
Ed Lauter ... Scott Elliot
Allyn Ann McLerie ... Mrs. Donavan
Gary Busey ... Hank Allen
Robert Jaffe ... Bob Allen
Darrell Larson ... Shelly
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Storyline

Marshal Chris Adams turns down a friend's request to help stop the depredations of a gang of Mexican bandits. When his wife is killed by bank robbers and his friend is killed capturing the last thief, Chris feels obligated to take up his friend's cause and recruits a writer and five prisoners to destroy the desperadoes. Written by David Bassler

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A Brand New Seven -- Doing Their Number! They put their lives on the line and let it ride!

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Action | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

1 August 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La furia de los siete magníficos See more »

Filming Locations:

Joshua Tree, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,050,000, 31 December 1972
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the only film in the series filmed entirely in the United States. See more »

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In many of the shootouts you can see the packaging from the blood packs pop through the actors' shirts as they get shot. See more »

Quotes

Capt Andy Hayes: All right, what's your plan?
Marshall Chris Adams: Oh, I figured we'd just ride in there and shoot down anyone carrying a gun.
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Referenced in Girls in the Night Traffic (1976) See more »

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Trying to keep a dying franchise alive....
1 April 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I recently watched all four of the Magnificent Seven movies and "The Magnificent Seven Ride!" was the last. While the first film was exceptional in every way, I can't say there was much reason for the other three films. Part of it is that the plots are pretty much the same as the first film. Part of it is that the cast kept changing. In the case of Chris, the leader of the seven, he was played by three different actors. Yul Brynner played him in the first two and was a tremendous presence. So, when he was later played by George Kennedy and Lee Van Cleef (in this film), it was a huge letdown.

While "The Magnificent Seven Ride!" is yet another attempt to squeeze a little bit of life out of a dead franchise, at least it offers SOME differences. The first three plots are pretty much clones. This one is just enough different to make it interesting....a bit. In fact, this film is a bit like the first three combined with "The Dirty Dozen"!

When the film begins, Chris (Van Cleef) has settled down. He's now a sheriff and has a young bride (Mariette Hartley). Life is good. However, after three punks rob the bank, shoot the sheriff and kidnap his wife, the usual routine is disrupted. When he sufficiently recovered from the shooting to give chase, Chris sets off to catch the creeps. Unfortunately, his wife's body is found along the trail and the trio brutalized and raped her. When Chris finds two of them, he soon dispatches them--but isn't sure where the third is. Perhaps he's gone across the desert to Mexico.

Inside Mexico, Chris meets up with an old friend that tried earlier in the film to recruit Chris for another Magnificent Seven-style fight against some stupid Mexican gang of bandits. He refuses--as he's got revenge on the brain. But, when Chris later finds the friend and others murdered AND rescues their women (who have all been repeatedly raped), he isn't going to walk away this time. But he needs help--and goes back over the border to get prisoners to help him with the fight! What will happen next? See the film...though there really isn't a whole lotta doubt!

"The Magnificent Seven Ride!" ends up being pretty much what you'd expect after the prisoners were recruited. They are a pretty much forgettable cast doing EXACTLY what previous incarnations of the series had already done. And, the film looks a lot more like a made for TV movie than anything else. Very slight and forgettable.

By the way, when you watch the film, you might have a similar reaction to me. After this group of women have been brutalized, raped, had their men murdered and just barely avoided death, showing them romantically pairing up with the surviving members of the seven seemed pretty sick.


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