The Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven

DVD - 2001
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The citizens of a small Mexican farming village hire seven gun fighters to defend them from a ruthless and exploitative group of bandits led by Calvera. As Calvera's next raid approaches, the peasants and the gun fighters work together to prepare to defend the village.

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StarGladiator
Aug 15, 2017

I did not see the recent remake of this, but heard it didn't include Elmer Bernstein's incomparable musical composition which was outstanding forever!
Great movie, and even greater music theme.
[Not pertinent, perhaps, but the immigration policy of America should be closely tied in to the Americas, as there is something of a continuity of culture from the tip of the Yukon to the furthest edge of Tierra Del Fuego. A shared vision of immigrants and and shared history of indigenous peoples. Don't like the present policies at all.]

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ba_library
Aug 14, 2017

I recently borrowed The Magnificent Seven – saw it reviewed on the SPL homepage. Didn’t realize until I got home that the DVD was a remake of the original (has Denzel Washington in it.) I’m sure I probably saw the original as a child (westerns were standard viewing in my home), but didn’t remember the storyline. So, I borrowed the original with Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, and Robert Vaughn which was released in 1960. The opening credits state that the film is an American remake of Akiro Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai (I haven’t seen that film either in many, many years.) This is a classic Western - a terrorized Mexican village hires a group of gunslingers to protect them from the bad guys who come into their town and steal their belongings and resources. The villagers are farmers, not fighters, so they look for hired help. They encounter Yul, tell him their problems and he goes about recruiting six other gunslingers to protect village. The DVD has lots of shooting, but also has the Mag 7 getting a bit philosophical near the end. There is some cheesy overacting, but the storyline is solid and the Magnificent Seven ends with a big shootout with the bad guys. Apparently, there were 3 sequels and a television show. One commenter in the bonus features says that the Magnificent Seven was the last epic Western made before television took over the genre. Think I can watch the more recent remake now and will have to borrow the Seven Samurai.

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TheeAvebury
May 26, 2017

Sturges' remake of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai is always worth a look, mainly for the performances of McQueen, Bronson, Coburn and Vaughn.

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I_am_V
May 07, 2017

I want to do ten stars

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Green_Dog_247
Nov 19, 2016

Outstanding Western. Great cast. I wish I could give it 6 stars.

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bobbles1
Nov 13, 2016

Robert Vaughan died just the other day at 90 years old, the last of the seven still alive, but they are all in their prime in this one, great stars in a great movie, good vs evil, beautiful women, handsome guys, bad guys getting their desserts, good guys dying heroically, the innocent and naïve farmers surviving to plant another crop to settle and pacify the violent land ... makes for a great American romantic story of life in the untamed desert, and the scenery is great, but let's face it, it gives you little idea of what actually happened in those days ... so what though? Enjoy it, it refreshes after the craziness of today's world, a great classic...

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mswrite
Oct 26, 2016

One of the great American film westerns, based on the Akira Kurosawa classic "The Seven Samurai."
Fascinating to learn that upon its initial release (1960) "The Magnificent Seven" was received as more or less just another cowboy flick, a good one--made even better by a flavorful, majestic Elmer Bernstein score--but nothing moviegoers and critics of the day would necessarily describe as iconic.
That would change as that memorable Bernstein score and the future stardom of the charismatic cast--McQueen, Coburn, Wallach, and Bronson especially--helped it grow in myth and stature over time.
And of course Yul Brynner, who played Chris Adams, the lead gunman who recruits the other six, was already a major Hollywood star, coming off successes like "The King and I," "The Ten Commandments," and "Anastasia."
...On the other hand not all of the Magnificent Seven had magnificent careers. Brad Dexter, who played Chris's old friend Harry Luck, was the one cast member whose star never rose high, finding steady work in tough guy roles mostly in television. Even actor Horst Buchholz (Chico, the youngest of the Seven) enjoyed a thriving career if primarily internationally.
Check this one out not just for the movie but for a very entertaining commentary track.

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XGirl
Oct 25, 2016

Well, darlings - If you ask me these 7 certainly weren't "magnificent". I mean, they weren't even cute.

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Davidf05
Oct 15, 2016

This is the first time I've seen The Magnificent Seven and it is the best. When the library gets the new version of this classic, I'll see if it is as good as the original.

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chriscoleman
Jun 21, 2016

This is the original movie from the 1950s with Yul Brynner. It is NOT the 2016 film with Denzel Washington that I thought I had preordered. There are huge gaps with no dialogue or action, just horses and music, very boring. When there is dialogue it's just not that intriguing. I already know the story and the action was slow and predictable and pretty lame. Older folks might like the restored version on DVD, but I can't think of anyone else who would enjoy this.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jul 08, 2014

"Yeah. The graveyards are full of men who are very young and very proud."

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