The legendary Magnificent Seven thunder through Mexico and make cinematic historyagain! StarringAcademy AwardÂ(r)winner* Yul Brynner and a stellar supporting cast that includes Robert Fuller, Warren Oates and Claude Akins, Return of the Magnificent Seven features Elmer Bernstein's OscarÂ(r)-nominated** score and raises the bar for rugged western adventure to a new, heart-stopping level!It's been six years since Chico (Julian Mateos) rode with Chris Adams (Brynner) and his band of gunslingers. It was then that he married the beautiful Petra (Elisa Montes) andpromised to lay down his weapons forever. But when the cruel outlaw Lorca (Emilio Fernandez) beginsto terrorize his village, Chico, Chris and five new brave gunmen must ride again. Now, with the odds against them, the heroic seven emerge with guns blazing to face the shootout of their lives and what may be their final battle!
Yul Brynner returns to lead a new band of gunfighters in this sequel to the classic Magnificent Seven
, which delivers enough Western action to please genre fans. Return
has Brynner's Chris recruiting a new Seven to rescue original member Chico (Julian Mateos, replacing Horst Buchholz), who has been kidnapped by a bandit (Emilio Fernandez). The Magnificent Seven
is such an established critical and fan favorite that comparisons between it and Return
will inevitably yield negative reactions, and while some aspects of the second film are inferior (in particular, a colorless new Seven, save for veteran scene-stealers Claude Akins and Warren Oates), it's capably directed by Western specialist Burt Kennedy, who is aided in no small part by returning composer Elmer Bernstein's rousing score. Two sequels followed--Guns of the Magnificent Seven
and The Magnificent Seven Ride!
--with George Kennedy and Lee Van Cleef, respectively, in the Brynner role. --Paul Gaita