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Guns for Hire: The Making of 'The Magnificent Seven' (2000)

The behind-the-scenes story of the making of the classic Western.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Benecke ... Narrator (voice)
Maria Palacios de Erickson ... Narrator (voice)
... Himself
... Himself
... Himself
... Himself
... Himself (archive footage)
Lou Morheim ... Himself
Doris Kleiner ... erself, former wife of Yul Brynner (as Doris Brynner)
Walter Bernstein ... Himself
... Himself
Robert E. Relyea ... Himself (as Robert Relyea)
... Herself, former wife of Steve McQueen (as Niele McQueen Toffel)
... Himself
... Himself


A look back at one of the classics of the western genre, giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this long-time favorite about a group of mercenary gunmen who band together to rescue a small farming town from a gang of bandits. Incudes interviews with the stars, as well as archived footage of stars Steve McQueen and Yul Brynner, and director Akira Kurosawa, on whose 'The Seven Samurai',this film was based. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Release Date:

13 May 2000 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Pyssysankarit - miten 7 rohkeata miestä tehtiin  »

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This documentary is featured on the Western Legends DVD for The Magnificent Seven (1960), released in 2000. See more »


John A. Alonzo is interviewed about his role as one of the Mexican villagers. But he is identified as playing "Miguel," the role actually played by Natividad Vacío. Furthermore, Alonzo's interview is illustrated with clips supposedly of his younger self in the film, but the clips seen are actually of Vacío. Alonzo states that he was the only Spanish-speaking American in the cast, but Vacío was a native-born U.S. citizen whose first language was Spanish. See more »


References The Magnificent Seven Ride! (1972) See more »

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16 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

This is the only documentary on the DVD of The Magnificent Seven, and is, indeed, a making of, on said movie. It consists of interviews(new and older) with surviving(R.I.P.) cast(and their relatives) and crew(as well as some within the business who were inspired by it), film clips, behind the scenes stills and narration. We are taken from pre- to post-production in 44 minutes(45 if you count the end credits).

Covered is how this was the end of the Western, settling some very Kurosawa-esque conflicting accounts of who's on (board) first, legal problems, a Mexican censor(!), Wallach's "adoption" into the bandit gang, the ensemble's rivalry, and of course the lasting impact it made.

This is well-paced, keeping it moving, and everyone it cuts to has something to say. More than delivering cold facts(many of them in the Trivia section on here), this gives you a tenable feeling of what the off-camera relationships were like, why it meant so much to several big names in Hollywood to be in or watch.

There is some disturbing content in this. I recommend this to any fan of the picture and/or anyone involved in creating it. 8/10

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