Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Great Movies- The Magnificent Seven

Want a great night of movie watching? Get yourself this copy of the Magnificent Seven from 1960 and enjoy. Just look at the cast: Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Eli Wallach and Charles Bronson?
It's like an all-star movie.

The Magnificent Seven (Special Edition)

Akira Kurosawa's rousing Seven Samurai was a natural for an American remake--after all, the codes and conventions of ancient Japan and the Wild West (at least the mythical movie West) are not so very far apart. Thus The Magnificent Seven effortlessly turns samurai into cowboys (the same trick worked more than once: Kurosawa's Yojimbo became Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars). The beleaguered denizens of a Mexican village, weary of attacks by banditos, hire seven gunslingers to repel the invaders once and for all. The gunmen are cool and capable, with most of the actors playing them just on the cusp of '60s stardom: Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn. The man who brings these warriors together is Yul Brynner, the baddest bald man in the West. There's nothing especially stylish about the approach of veteran director John Sturges (The Great Escape), but the storytelling is clear and strong, and the charisma of the young guns fairly flies off the screen. If that isn't enough to awaken the 12-year-old kid inside anyone, the unforgettable Elmer Bernstein music will do it: bum-bum-ba-bum, bum-ba-bum-ba-bum.... Followed by three inferior sequels, Return of the Seven, Guns of the Magnificent Seven, and The Magnificent Seven Ride!

Spectacular gun battles, epic-sized heroes and an all-star cast that includes Academy Award winners Yul Brynner and James Coburn, together with Steve McQueen, Eli Wallach and Charles Bronson, make The Magnificent Seven a legend among westerns. Spawning three sequels and a successful television series, and featuring Elmer Bernstein's Oscar-nominated score, this stunning remake of The Seven Samurai is "a hard-pounding adventure" (Newsweek) and "an enduringly popular" (Leonard Maltin) cinematic classic. Merciless Calvera (Wallach) and his band of ruthless outlaws are terrorizing a poor Mexican village, and even the bravest lawmen can't stop them. Desperate, the locals hire Chris Adams (Brynner) and six other gunfighters to defend them. With time running out before Calvera's next raid, the heroic seven must prepare the villagers for battle and help them find the courage to take back their town or die trying!

Directed by
John Sturges

Writing credits
Akira Kurosawa (screenplay "Shichinin no samurai") uncredited &
Shinobu Hashimoto (screenplay "Shichinin no samurai") uncredited &
Hideo Oguni (screenplay "Shichinin no samurai") uncredited

William Roberts (screenplay)

Walter Bernstein uncredited and
Walter Newman uncredited

Cast (in credits order)

Yul Brynner ... Chris Adams

Eli Wallach ... Calvera

Steve McQueen ... Vin

Charles Bronson ... Bernardo O'Reilly

Robert Vaughn ... Lee
Brad Dexter ... Harry Luck

James Coburn ... Britt
Jorge Martínez de Hoyos ... Hilario (as Jorge Martinez de Hoyas)
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Old man
Rosenda Monteros ... Petra
Rico Alaniz ... Sotero
Pepe Hern
Natividad Vacío ... Miguel (as Natividad Vacio)
Mario Navarro
Danny Bravo
John A. Alonzo ... Tomas (as John Alonso)
Enrique Lucero
Alex Montoya

Robert J. Wilke ... Wallace (as Robert Wilke)

Val Avery ... Henry (corset salesman)
Whit Bissell ... Chamlee (undertaker)
Bing Russell ... Robert, (Henry's traveling companion)
Horst Buchholz ... Chico
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roberto Contreras ... Villager (uncredited)
Valentin de Vargas ... Calvera henchman (uncredited)
Larry Duran ... (uncredited)
Joseph Ruskin ... Filene (uncredited)

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