Friday, November 4, 2011

The Magnificent Seven Review.

If you have seen the movie please give it any score from 1 to 10.

We decided to review one of our favorite western classic The Magnificent Seven.

Directed by: John Sturges
Genre: Western, Action,
Release Date: October 23, 1960 (1960-10-23)
Running Time: 128 min
MMPA rating: PG

The Good: Some of the best western action in a movie ever, Strong cast, Good plot,

The Bad:

Plot: A Mexican village is periodically raided by bandits led by Calvera (Eli Wallach). As he and his men rode away from their latest visit, Calvera had promised to return for more booty and loot the village again.
Desperate to prevent this, the leaders of the village travel to a town just inside the American border to buy weapons with which to defend themselves. While there, they approach a veteran gunslinger, Chris (Yul Brynner). He suggests that they hire more gunfighters for their defense instead, stating that such men would be cheaper than guns and ammunition. They ask him to lead them, but Chris turns this down, telling them that a single man is not enough. They keep asking him, and then he finally agrees. Chris recruits six other fighting men even though the pay offered is not very much.
First to answer the call is the hotheaded, inexperienced Chico (Horst Buchholz), but he is rejected. Harry Luck (Brad Dexter), an old friend of Chris, joins because he believes Chris is looking for treasure. Vin (Steve McQueen) signs on after going broke from gambling. Other recruits include Bernardo O'Reilly (Charles Bronson), a gunfighter of Irish-Mexican heritage who is also broke, cowpuncher Britt (James Coburn), fast and deadly with his switchblade, and Lee (Robert Vaughn), who is on the run and needs someplace to lie low until things cool down. Chico trails the group as they ride south and is eventually allowed to join them.
Even with seven, the group knows they will be vastly outnumbered by the bandits. However, their expectation is that once the bandits know they will have to fight, they will decide to move on to some other unprotected village, rather than bother with an all-out battle. Upon reaching the village the group begins training the residents. As they work together the gunmen and villagers begin to bond. The gunfighters enjoy a feast prepared by some of the women but they realize that the villagers are starving themselves so that the gunfighters will have enough to eat. They then stop eating and share the food with the village children. Chico finds a woman he is attracted to, Petra (Rosenda Monteros), and Bernardo befriends the children of the village, although he can never imagine himself as one of the villagers themselves. Although these paternal tendencies will have fatal consequences, the villagers come to respect and even admire him. Lee, meanwhile, struggles with nightmares and fears the loss of his skills. Watch the movie to see what happens next.

Plot: 8.6/10- The Magnificent Seven's plot is based on the Seven Samurai movie that we have not seen but the plot for The Magnificent Seven was very good and worked for the movie.

Action: 9.5/10- The Magnificent Seven's had some of if not the best classic western shoot out scenes ever.

Acting: 8.7/10- Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, James Coburn and Charles Bronson gave top notch performances.

Special effects: N/A

Soundtrack: 8.2/10- The Magnificent Seven's soundtrack was one of the best in the early 60s.

Comedy: N/A

Overall: 8.7/10- Overall The Magnificent Seven is one of the best best westerns of all time.

Closing comments: If like classic action movies you should check out The Magnificent Seven.

Recommended for: Action movie fans, Western movie fans,


  1. Oh, I LOVE THIS MOVIE! It's so awesome! I give it 9 out of 10!

    Oh, by the way, I've seen the Seven Samurai, it's an AWESOME movie (even if you have to read the whole thing with subtitles!). There were two 'romantic' scenes in it and I don't know how far they took the mush because my dad quickly skipped them, so just be forewarned. :) But otherwise, it's REALLY good!

    ~Jamie Joyce

  2. i so love this film series. i'm a fan of yul in a way. i've only seen on the tv though. so give a 9.5 :)

  3. @Jamie Joyce: Thanks for scoring and recommending the movie.

    @Aalya Rain: Thanks for scoring the movie. :)


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