The Magnificent Seven (Special Edition)
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Many of the Seven's actors had seen the Kurosawa film, and they were very excited about transferring it to the American West. Eli Wallach, as Calvera, in just a few short scenes, found both the humor and the cruelty in the bandit chieftan. His accent and speech pattern were fairly authentic; more so certainly than the young German actor, Horst Buchholz, endeavoring to find a southwestern/Texan/Mexican drawl. Director, John Sturges, had great hopes for Horst; the camera loved him. But it was the trio of studs, Steve McQueen as Vin, Charles Bronson as O'Reilly, and James Coburn as Britt, that dominated the frame.
Steve McQueen, wearing skin-tight leather stovepipe chaps, spent a lot of time finding ways to upstage Yul Brynner. There was a rumor that he would have preferred playing Chico, the Buchholz character. McQueen's manic physical performance, lightning fast with a pistol and a quip, seemed to work well for him, and it gave him more than his share of focus.Read more ›
This movie adds new angles to the conventional Western plot. A group of 40 bandits led by a robust but ruthless leader named Calvera (Eli Wallach)continously raids a poor farming village for food and other provisions. A group of villagers go north of the border to enlist hired guns to protect them. Eventually, a cool gunslinger by the name of Chris (Yul Brynner) organizes a team of seven able mercenaries to defend the village for a meager fee. The group works well together and inspires the villagers to join the fight to drive Calvera out. After some success, the group suffers some adversity against considerable odds. In the end, both the visitors and the villagers learn about the price -- and payoff -- of resisting injustice.
This movie is truly driven by its great characters. Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen, who plays Brynner's de facto lieutenant Vin, could have likely done this movie by themselves. Their chemistry reminds me of Newman and Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, but with a drier humor. I would have loved to have seen them in more movies together.
I liked all of the Seven, but two others really stood out. Charles Bronson was impressive as the hard-edged O'Reilly, and played the role with a sense of humor and warmth without losing his stoic demeanor.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a "Classic", and has many important messages in the story. One is "Work together to help others!"Published 6 days ago by M. Mengerink
Probably the #1 classic western movie. They just don't get any better. And the sound score is the best of the best. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Phil Crocker
We have not yet watched it, but I am positive when we have the chance to sit down and view it again, we will really appreciate it! Read morePublished 12 days ago by KB OLSON
One of my favorite movies of all time. Great price, good quality.Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
CLASSIC and classically awesome story that is shot out in the beautiful open! These actors did a superb job!Published 21 days ago by KatKat
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