The Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven

DVD - 2001
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Brynner, McQueen and Bronson are three of seven American gunslingers hired to protect a small Mexican village against a band of bandits led by Wallach.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : MGM/UA Home Entertainment, 2001.
Edition: Widescreen.
ISBN: 9780792849575
Branch Call Number: DVD Ma
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (128 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Jul 06, 2020

Classic western , I love it

✅ One of the five greatest Westerns, this is the story of seven hired guns who try to free a Mexican town from the local gang of banditos. A lot of the cast members wound up as major stars later, McQueen, James Coburn, the coolest man in pictures, Bronson, Robert Vaughn. The exciting music underscores the action exactly. Aspects of it are parodied in "The Three Amigos" hilariously. Highly recommended.

Nov 15, 2019

Oh, it's just so good. Bernstein's score is probably my favorite character, but the iconic cast isn't far behind. A bit of ham in some spots, but, on the whole, it's a film that has held up very, very well. Love it.

Jul 26, 2019

Magical entertainment: beautifully paced, action-filled, yet capable of touching the heart. Filmed on location in Cuernavaca, with a Mexican supporting cast, it breathes authenticity.

It's just too bad that the red of the inferior Deluxe color processing has faded, diminishing the vibrancy of the print and leaving the skin tones looking unnatural.

(By the way, Kurosawa's "The Seven Samurai" is a different film: it clocks in at a ponderous, patience-trying 3 1/2 hrs - in black & white - in Japanese. There's room for both.)

Jan 29, 2019

All right, so maybe it doesn't have the depth of the Seven Samurai, but it does have more classic lines than just about any other movie. I'll nominate it real good

Jun 17, 2018

It’s a classic western, but Magnificent Seven pales in comparison to the film that inspired it, Seven Samauri. It’s a veneer riding on top of the emotional depth, humanity, and visceral impact of the original. And of course it succumbs to a Hollywood happy love story ending. However, on its own Magnificent Seven is entertaining and well-made, and treats native Mexicans with dignity.

May 14, 2018

My all time favorite western; every character is outstanding including the supporting actors. The best cast ever put together for a post-war western!

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.]

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.

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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Brynner: You get elected?
McQueen, examining a bullet hole in his hat: Nah, but I got nominated real good.

"We deal in lead, friend."

Jul 08, 2014

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


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