The Magnificent Seven

MGM Released 1960




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John Sturges
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The Magnificent Seven is the 1960 Western adaptation of Akira Kurosawa's acclaimed Japanese martial arts action drama 'Seven Samurai,' featuring a Who's Who cast of legendary Western and action film stars. Eli Wallach (The Good, The Bad and The Ugly) plays Mexican bandit Calvera, who frequents a Mexican peasant village with his gang, raiding it for food and everything they have, so often that the villagers are fed up but too scared to do anything about it. To this end, they venture to an American trading post to try and rustle up some protection with personal items they have scrounged together for sale. Witnessing a tremendous feat of bravado by two obvious men of action, Chris Adams (Yul Brenner) and Vin Tanner (Steve McQueen), the farmers decide that these are their guys and although they take some convincing, they finally agree and set upon gathering the rest of their impromptu posse, which they will unite with to face the marauding Calvera. Also starring Charles Bronson, James Coburn and Robert Vaughan.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Philadelphia Inquirer Desmond Ryan

    The Magnificent Seven has a secure niche among the great westerns. Its action is brilliantly staged. [12 May 2001, p.E01]

  • 50

    The New York Times

    A gifted director like Mr. Sturges (who also produced) can't be held entirely responsible for this endless dawdling prologue, since William Roberts' scenario increasingly flattens ...

  • 50

    The Hollywood Reporter

    About two-thirds of the film is good, tough, unromantic period western. About one-third is sentimental nonsense and it bushwhacks the remainder.

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Henry: Well I'll be damned. I never knew you had to be anything but a corpse to get into Boot Hill. How long's this been going?
      Chamlee: Since the town got civilized.

    • Lee: Yes. The final supreme idiocy. Coming here to hide. The deserter hiding out in the middle of a battlefield.

    • Old Man: They are all farmers. Farmers talk of nothing but fertilizer and women. I've never shared their enthusiasm for fertilizer. As for women, I became indifferent when I was eighty-three.

    • Chris: Bernardo O'Reilly; you've been adopted.
      O'Reilly: Yeah, that's my real name. Irish on one side, Mexican on the other... and me in the middle.

    • Calvera: Generosity... that was my first mistake. I leave these people a little bit extra, and then they hire these men to make trouble. It shows you, sooner or later, you must answer for every good deed.

    • Vin: Twenty dollars? You must be living in style.
      Lee: Yes... I have the most stylish corner of the filthy storeroom out back. That and one plate of beans. Ten dollars a day.

    • Robert: He's prejudiced too, huh?
      Chamlee: Well, when it comes to a chance of getting his head blown off, he's downright bigoted.

    • Chamlee: It's not a question of money. For twenty dollars, I'd plant anybody with a hoop and a holler. But the funeral is off.
      Henry: Now how do you like that. I want him buried, you want him buried and if he could sit up and talk, he'd second the motion. Now that's as unanimous as you can get.

    • Britt: Nobody throws me my own guns and says run. Nobody.

    • Vin: We deal in lead, friend.

    • Chico: Hey. How can you talk like this? Your gun has got you everything you have. Isn't that true? Hmm? Well, isn't that true?
      Chris: Yeah, sure. Everything. After awhile you can call bartenders and faro dealers by their first name - maybe two hundred of 'em! Rented rooms you live in - five hundred! Meals you eat in hash houses - a thousand! Home - none! Wife - none! Kids... none! Prospects - zero. Suppose I left anything out?

    • Chico: Ah, that was the greatest shot I've ever seen.
      Britt: The worst! I was aiming at the horse.

    • Chris: I have been offered a lot for my work, but never everything.

    • Calvera: If God didn't want them sheared, he would not have made them sheep.

    • Chris: You forget one thing. We took a contract.
      Vin: It's sure not the kind any court would enforce.
      Chris: That's just the kind you've got to keep.

    • O'Reilly: Don't you ever say that again about your fathers, because they are not cowards. You think I am brave because I carry a gun; well, your fathers are much braver because they carry responsibility, for you, your brothers, your sisters, and your mothers. And this responsibility is like a big rock that weighs a ton. It bends and it twists them until finally it buries them under the ground. And there's nobody says they have to do this. They do it because they love you, and because they want to. I have never had this kind of courage. Running a farm, working like a mule every day with no guarantee anything will ever come of it. This is bravery. That's why I never even started anything like that... that's why I never will.

    • Calvera: What I don't understand is why a man like you took the job in the first place, hmm? Why, huh?
      Chris: I wonder myself.
      Calvera: No, come on, come on, tell me why.
      Vin: It's like a fellow I once knew in El Paso. One day, he just took all his clothes off and jumped in a mess of cactus. I asked him that same question, "Why?"
      Calvera: And?
      Vin: He said, "It seemed to be a good idea at the time."

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