The Magnificent Seven
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Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai (1954) is westernized as The Magnificent Seven. Yul Brynner plays Chris, a mercenary hired to protect a Mexican farming village from its annual invasion by bandit Calvera (Eli Wallach). As Elmer Bernstein's unforgettable theme music (later immortalized as the "Marlboro Man" leitmotif) blasts away in the background, Chris rounds up six fellow soldiers of fortune to help him form a united front against the bandits. The remaining "magnificent six" are played by Charles Bronson, Steve McQueen, Horst Buchholz, Robert… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of the most iconic Westerns."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Overly celebrated, but the gun fights are among the best ever in a Western."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"If you're going to rip someone off, may as well rip off the best"
‑ Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat
"If it's not the greatest Western ever made, it's certainly in the top three. This is the movie that made Steve McQueen a star."
‑ Larry Carroll,
"...holds up as a rousing adventure and as a fascinating turning point in the history of movies about the Old West."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"John Sturges remake of Kurosawa's masterpiece, Seven Samurai, is enjoyable on its own terms due to the stellar cast, not to mention Elmer Bernstein's score, but it helps to know the Japansese classic."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"An inferior remake of Akira Kurosawa's 1954 action classic The Seven Samurai, though worth seeing because of the star performances."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Get the Pringles ready."
‑ Pete Croatto,
"Simply one of the most entertaining Westerns ever made."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"One of the most popular Westerns of all time, the heroic story of The Magnificent Seven has influenced countless other movies in nearly every genre."
‑ David Forsmark, Credo
"Classic shoot-'em-up not for young viewers."
‑ Carly Kocurek, Common Sense Media
"A classic that's never been one of my favorite Westerns."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"A classic western, a stellar cast."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"a rousing adventure story that not only includes a brilliant cast, but explores some of the deeper contradictions of the mythic noble outlaw"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
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