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.
Un pezzo vero di storia del cinema,con Sturges che prende una trama banale e la consegna all'immortalità grazie ad attori super-carismatici (McQueen su tutti) e ad una colonna sonora che emoziona anche se la ascolti mille volte. Alcuni movimenti sembrano un pò telecomandati(colpa di Leone e della sua rivoluzione),ma l'epica ed il valore sono decisamente intatti. Grande grande lavoro.
Not sure why people are hating on this one so much. Is it as good as the original? Hell no, but its not like it tries to be. Its still very entertaining in its own right and merits a viewing. McQueen gives many prime examples of how to upstage other actors without saying a word lol
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.
I was a bit disappointed by this film since I expected something at least a bit special from a remake of Seven Samurai. This film is just another rather good hollywoodian western retaining only the basic story from its original. At least I was glad to see a nice Horst Buchholz in it.
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.