Movie Rob’s Genre Grandeur: The Magnificent Seven (1960) (Western)

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Westerns, here’s a review of The Magnificent Seven (1960) by Catherine of Thoughts All Sorts Thanks again to Catherine of Thoughts All Sorts for choosing this month’s genre. Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Sean of SeanMunger.com We will be reviewing our favorite Nautical Film. “Loosely defined […]

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Magnificent. That’s all I can say about The Magnificent Seven. Of course I’m talking about the 1960 version. Which one were you thinking is worthy of Grandeur status?

If you don’t know the story: Villagers seek out someone who can help them defend themselves and their homes against Calvera (Eli Wallach) who repeatedly takes their crops and belongings, leaving them with the bare minimum. They come across Chris (Yul Brynner) and Vin (Steve McQueen) who, in their eyes, are perfect for the job. Offered everything, which is practically nothing, the two eventually become seven (Chris states ‘I have been offered a lot for my work but never everything’), each man there for his own reasons. What unfolds is the preparation for and defense of the village’s livelihood. As well as insight into the seven different characters, with different virtues.

Directed by John Sturges with music (Oscar nominated for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture) by Elmer Bernstein, this is such a fantastic movie that I never tire of watching. My favourite part is the scene where Chris and Vin (and even Chico) are first introduced in the town where nobody will drive the hearse up to Boot Hill. The lines in this scene are great especially “You elected?”, “No. I got nominated real good” and of course “The reception committee is forming”.

Not sure about you, but I often find myself counting out the Magnificent Seven. Here they are (in no particular order):

Chris (Yul Brynner)

Vin (Steve McQueen)

Chico (Horst Buchholz)

Harry Luck (Brad Dexter)

Bernardo O’Reilly (Charles Bronson)

Britt (James Coburn)

Lee (Robert Vaughn)

If you haven’t seen this one, do yourself a favour and give it a watch. Remember, the 1960 version that is. It truly is magnificent.

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4 comments

  1. It is hard to think of a more enduring theme song than Elmer Bernstein’s grand introduction to this iconic band of men, I love this film from first viewing and watched it every Christmas as a child. All the seven (and Eli Wallach) are great, but Bronson and Coburn will always be my favourites!

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    1. Bronson and Coburn are great – the fact that they aren’t in the limelight allows their roles to….I don’t know what to say…breathe, grow, live? They come across so natural. Bronson and his “allocated” children work so well.
      I do, however, enjoy Buchholz – his facial expressions are awesome. Nice comic relief.
      I must be honest – I’m not a great fan of Dexter and Vaughn, although after having seen Vaughn in the series of the same name, I sympathise with him more in this movie.

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