Tired of being victimized by a gang of bandits, the Mexican-Indian families of a small Texas village decide to fight their tormenters with guns. The trio who go to town in search of weapons manage by happenstance to collect a team of gunfighters instead, who agree to defend the hamlet and rid it of the bandits in exchange for four to six weeks of room, board, and 20 bucks. This 1960 Western classic openly acknowledges its debt to the far superior Japanese masterpiece, Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai." The basic plot situation and many specific incidents closely parallel the original; other elements, from the unique way in which the farmers luck into their first two heroes, to the odd, effete character of Lee (Vaughn, with an indefinable accent), are new. This was an era of film when a Brooklyn Jew (Wallach, who gets some great lines but overacts) could play a bandido, and a German youth (Horst Buchholz, looking a bit like Christian Slater and Johnny Depp, but not as distinctive as either) could be a Hispanic love interest named Chico. The story is uneven, the acting and dialogue spotty, but the action and the Elmer Bernstein score are exhilarating, and the handsome young stars on their way up (McQueen, Bronson, Vaughn, and Coburn) as well as the stalwart and wise Brynner are a joy to behold.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus
Certainly a Western for all ages, “The Magnificent Seven” is a film that shows the dedication of seven cowboys who ride into Mexico to protect a local village from
marauding bandits (led by Eli Wallach). Starring Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen (both are magical to watch!), the film captures well the local atmosphere and tonal integrity of the region. Aiding in this effort are James Coburn, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughan, Brad Dexter, and introducing a young German, Horst Buchholz. It is based upon a Japanese tale (“The Seven Samurai” fimed by Akira Kurosawa) and it certainly transcends the culture. It's the traditional tale of good guys versus very, very bad guys, but still lots of action, lots of depth to a film that is one of the milestones in the genre. Music is
so aptly composed by Elmer Bernstein.
The review of this Movie prepared by Bill Hobbs