A bandit terrorizes a small Mexican farming village each year. Several of the village elders send three of the farmers into the United States to search for gunmen to defend them. They end up with 7, each of whom comes for a different reason…
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This is another badass film from the great John Sturges. Inspired by Kurosawa's Seven Samurai and featuring an ensemble of the best badasses in cinema including Yul Bryner, Steve McQueen, and Charles Bronson, along with a properly despicable Eli Wallach. It's just a great film and I'm excited for the Fuqua remake.
Watching this right after Seven Samurai it feels like a truncated, watered down version of the original. You note the similar scenes and spot the changes, and wonder why the characters of Kikuchiyo and Katsushiro were combined into Horst Buchholz's Chico. Perhaps that's unfair though. If you look past the original 7 it's still an entertaining movie with a great cast. Maybe I should have watched them in reverse order.
Such a rich cast ! A part from the big stars BRYNNER and MAC QUEEN, the supporting cast are wonderful : Horst BUCHOLZ, Robert VAUGHN, Charles BRONSON, James COBURN, Brad DEXTER.
An great tribute to KUROSAWA.
I think it's unfair to compare it to the original. Over the years it has evolved into a film all to its own. While I can't say it's "better" than Kirosawa's masterpiece, I for one have a more fond attachment to this one due to its lineup and the little things that made each character special and loveable.
The movie was supposed to be all about Brunner and yet McQueen constantly upstaged him. In every scene Brunner and McQueen have together, you'll seen McQueen's gestures and tics...he never let's up.
That is James Coburn in the pic.