The Magnificent Seven (1960) - Action, Adventure, Western

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Seven gunfighters are hired by Mexican peasants to liberate their village from oppressive bandits.

IMDB: 7.7
Director: John Sturges
Stars: Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen
Length: 128 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 19 out of 279 found boring (6.81%)

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It has its blemishes here and there, but the Magnificent Seven is still an enjoyable film with memorable performances and a superb soundtrack, if you ever see it on television and are looking for a good western, it's certainly worth the watch.

Often a shot for shot copy of the original, The Magnificent Seven kicks off with that iconic theme music underscoring the credit titles (which is barely heard again with the same bravado for the rest of the picture), shows promise when Eli Wallach's bandidos roust the village, and introduces Brynner and McQueen in a compelling sequence involving a hearse and boot hill.

It's a tough, manly movie with a convincing and compelling villain (Eli Wallach as Calvera)...

With a stirring music score, and great cast, a predictable story becomes a western classic.

The Magnificent Seven also has a humorous tone running through it and this made it all the more enjoyable.

When he comes to know that his Privileges are refused in the village protected by unexpected gunmen, his inimitable expressions frighten everyone.

Consistently colorful and exciting....

I felt like a lot of the rest of it was just slow dialogue that never really builds to anything.

Movie is worth watching to all movie lovers.

Reviewed August 2010It did not pan out as how I expected it to be, rather was more entertaining.

The climax is still very exciting to behold, with an enormous body count among the bad guys and a couple of painful and emotional deaths amongst the beloved heroes as well.

However the plus-side to this is that the film contains some genuinely good characters, who mostly manage to keep it entertaining, even when the pace drags it down.

Overall the film is fun and entertaining.

But this was a pretty entertaining film that deserves a look; just watch 'Seven Samurai' at your own risk because you may seem short-comings, as I did.

The extras on the DVD are well worth watching.

It's a solid western and has its exciting moments.

After watching the dvd it's especially entertaining to watch the leads trying to get as much attention as possible in each scene.

I reckon this is probably my favourite American western (though Rio Bravo, made at the same time, is almost as good) - it's just solid rip-roaring fun from start to finish, features the greatest cast of cowboys ever assembled, is a brilliant story filled with terrific themes and fascinating archetypes and is beautifully shot, cut and scored throughout.

Well worth watching.

Who wouldn't want to work for the Yul Brynner character and participate in such an exciting, rewarding adventure?

The first 45 minutes of the film are the most enjoyable for me.

maybe because it was so rousing..& so much fun..w/ that superb score..that you just want it to work..need it to work...

Some impatient modern viewers will probably find much of the movie slow.

My Rating Is 1/10 the most awful film ever made,don't waste your money & time,Skipp This & see any Clint Eastwood Film any day.

His cunning wit and courage was really entertaining to watch.

The film has a lot of great scenes involving the action and shootouts that is engaging to watch.

"The Magnificent Seven" is a fascinating remake of Kurosawa's "The Seven Samurai" emanating from the old west and is comprised of seven eclectic hot stars of that era.

Each actor appeared to be struggling with what he was trying to say, and I found some of the scenes to be downright confusing.

It's certainly enjoyable and is well considered a classic, but as an overall film, it has problems that I need to address, first of all I think the scenes that are suppose to be viewed as severe and intense are quite poorly executed, I felt like the actors were holding back a bit for these parts and weren't expressing the emotions as well as they should have here, I think the music should have been darker to add to the effect and it needed a bigger build up.

For an American Western remake of a Japanese Samurai movie, this is an incredibly brilliant and entertaining movie.

The Magnificent Seven has everything going for it, a near-perfect cast, a truly magnificent score and the fact it is very exciting as a western.

There was also effective use of dust to conclude most action scenes like falling off, a shot towards the camera or skidding to take cover etc. It's stylish, has an entertaining plot that features an interesting bad guy, though gets a bit melodramatic at times doesn't drag too long.

"The Magnificent Seven" is an exciting and meaningful story with wonderful performances by great actors (Steve McQueen especially!

Exciting and engaging in every respect.

This just felt rushed from the beginning, but remained dull after seeing the sheer brilliance of "Seven Samurai".

The Magnificent Seven is very exciting and hold on to the end.

It's not as gritty or as thought provoking, but it has its entertaining moments.

A Magnificent waste of my time….. .

I have the Magnificent Seven DVD which also has a "Behind the Scenes of the making of this movie which is entertaining in itself.

Every bit as enjoyable as the 1954 Japanese original .

This movie has been compared to the Seven Samurai which I highly recommend because it is just as entertaining using the same theme.

The film is an engaging n adventurous western, awesomely directed by John Sturges.

Post 9/11, that theme was so much more relevant and riveting, especially a humorous scene of the cowboys teaching the villagers to shoot.

Action packed entertainment with a massive gun battle where Sturges visualizes the penalties of violence.

Much of the film is slow and boring, only to be saved by either McQueen or Bronson--who are as good as ever.

As per usual for the era, the actresses had little to do except show fear and weep over their fallen husbands' bodies, with one as the rather boring love interest (though at least the actress who played her was Mexican).

This drawn-out bit of tense action centering around a horse-drawn hearse establishes the movie's theme that the mercenary gunmen of the Old West are less like "Come back, Shane" and more like loser outcasts who will defy prevailing social mores just for the heck of it, confident that they'll get away with doing so or be too dead to care.

Of course, The Magnificent Seven wouldn't be considered such a success on characters alone; there are rousing action sequences here as well.

I must admit – this film was boring.

However, while Cleef's Chris is arguably the most exciting interpretation of the character, the rest of the seven are the blandest of all.

Had this been filmed in 1940, I would have accused it of being a propaganda film to bring our isolationist citizens into WWII.

Worth watching .

One thing I will say is that if you watched the Magnificent Seven and enjoyed it then I would definitely recommend watching the original film Seven Samurai.

The climax is both exciting and poignant.

And of course Elmer Bernstein's score is rousing and unforgettable.

I thoroughly enjoyed it, except the usual things like,, "Why do people/men come running out doors when there is obvious gun fire shots....

What it has in reserve is atmosphere and authenticity - the gun battles are remarkably thrilling and exciting as characters dive for whatever cover they can find and stunt-work is impeccable.

The intense violence, the macho presence of the 7, the quasi absence of any female lead, and especially the setting (a Mexican pueblo!

The movie is worth watching just for Elmer Bernstein's music, as is the case with his score in "The Great Escape.

Despite the contrived plot, based on Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" (1954), you can't beat the lusty score, the superlative locations and the excellent main cast (the villagers, by contrast, are mostly weak).

Everything that a western should have can be found in this film: a good cast, fantastic and exciting fight scenes and great scenery.

Before elucidating my grievances I want to shower praises on the breathtaking cinematography and art design of the movie which has created captivating scenery of Mexican village and its rural life.

) playing a vaguely Mexican gunslinger, he makes him a fascinating character.

But that endless tiresome angst and cliché-ridden script seriously date this work now.

This is a great movie and also boasts some very enjoyable special features on the dvd.

Well worth watching,very enjoyable for lovers of a good action western.

McQueen gets overcome with adrenaline as he hops on his horse and singlehandedly pursues 20-30 Mexican bandits after a battle.

Speaking of fun, Wallach's Calvera character pretty much makes the film much more watchable than it should be with the bland dialogue.

With brilliant performances and some great and exciting action scenes, this is one of only two American Westerns I can think of that is actually any good.

The premise is intriguing, and it gives us nice characters to root for.

Even though the pacing is slow, it remains worthwhile watching.

But this minor pause leads to the film's rousing climax--as these proud fighters for good causes adopt the one they had waited all their lives to undertake--one that proves they need owe their lives to no one so long as they can fight even to the death for the right to choose their own battles.

5.5/10, rounded up to 6/10 for IMDb: not great considering it's legendary status and the talent involved, but entertaining enough to while away a rainy Sunday afternoon, I suppose.

Instead I was treated to a movie which felt very slow paced, and seemed to go on for too long, with characters who were somewhat one-dimensional.

The Magnificent Seven, is, I have to say, boring.

The Magnificent Seven starts off very slow.

It was exciting to see M.

The static man does something repetitive and occasionally builds on the past, his reward being holding the line against Nature, or adding a little to what he had inherited.

Worth watching.

Instead, the film is slow when it should be zipping along.

The action is exciting, quick and engaging.

It is so much more than just a western, it is a character study of people living on the edge of life and how they cope with the fact that no one cares if they live or not.

Sturges has made something accessible and entertaining without sacrificing story and emotion.

Brynner, who was so fine in this first American Magnificents movie, will be quite banal in the next installment of the franchise.

Forty-five years old and Still Entertaining and Moving.

An exciting story and wonderful direction makes this an essential western film.

Elmer Bernstein was Oscar-nominated for his rousing and instantly recognizable score, the film's primary asset.

While sometimes lacking, "The Magnificent Seven" is enjoyable as an addendum to the earlier classic.

The building up of the seven men team, each member a champion gunslinger is an exciting outset.

The action sequences are not very exciting, the characters are one-dimensional, and the ending is somewhat predictable.

This movie is great and a lot of fun, and it's worth watching for the incredible climax alone.

" With a terrific Oscar-Nominated Musical Score by Elmer Bernstein, "The Magnificent Seven" remains a richly enjoyable Western, shot on location in Morelos state, Mexico...

Until the final shootout this is really a dull western, though it looks great, shows off some nice locales and , yes, Brynner and McQueen are fairly good.

I have a smile on my face when the theme comes on because I know the seven are gonna do something exciting or important.

Every and I mean EVERY person of whom I have told about Seven Samurai always said to me that The Magnificent Seven was worth watching.

I did feel that in the original film there was far too much time spent on finding the Samurai to defend against the village and there were moments where it did get a bit boring, but the faster pacing of the remake does make it a slightly more enjoyable experience on the whole.

The first is Vin (Steve McQueen), a cool cat who lives on the edge.

The screen writers William Roberts, Walter Bernstein and Walter Newman must also take great credit for coming up with such a lively and entertaining script.

Not the greatest western, but very enjoyable.

Enjoyable Western fare...

A richly enjoyable Western with a terrific Oscar-Nominated Musical Score...

His pathetic portrayal of Chris Adams, the main cowboy hired to protect, fell flat and was boring to the average viewer.

Just the intense look on his face with those piercing eyes and deep voice command attention whenever he's on screen.

In one case, for example, Tom Cruise made his version of Amenábar's film while the original was still on at most cinemas: but comparing one with the other is a complete waste of time and only suitable for short-sighted misoginists.

Always an enjoyable watch.

It's exciting, witty, smart and sometimes even sweet.

Elmer Bernstein's score has a lot to do with The Magnificent Seven's success I think as well, it is rousing, triumphant and bombastic and very like the score for Lawrence of Arabia it sticks in the mind for a long time afterwards.

Has an entertaining plot that features an interesting bad guy .

Unfortunately it's overlong and lacks the necessary tension to make its premise work and is ultimately dull and rather flat.

Action packed, with a huge gun fight conclusion.

) sets the stage for an exciting series of events.

The action is explosive and truly exciting.

Breathtaking and memorable musical score by Elmer Berstein ; Elmer , whose score for this movie is one of the best-known ever composed, also wrote the soundtrack for the parody of this film, 'Three amigos'.

Overall, this is a great film, very exciting, great to look at and has a magnificent score.

Mr. Sturges has made an entertaining film.

How often are actors like Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn and Eli Wallach boring.....

There are things that work, and the acting is (mostly) strong, but ultimately the film is dragged down by an agonisingly slow pace.

The villagers, however, seem on the edge of quitting after a nighttime takeover by Wallach, and so too do the Seven.

(My edition also includes a documentary and commentary which are entertaining in their own rights.

Another thing i enjoyed about this film was the stunning cast.

It's fascinating watching the enrolment process and its results: cool smoker Brynner being offered everything for his help, McQueen looking for crackerjack kicks, Bronson caught swinging his chopper, Coburn calmly murdering a bragging twit, Dexter drooling over imaginary gold, Vaughn trying to run away from his sweaty self, Buchholz as an impetuous immature.

Yul Brynners God-like ability to dodge bullets without even moving is unexplainable, particularly when Brad Dexter storms in for a pointless heroic 'rescue' and is shot immediately.

It really helps as well that the action sequences are tremendously exciting, and that the landscapes are truly dazzling.

The romance between Petra and Chico was simply great, at times it was comical, at times it was dramatic, at times it was touching, and at other times, it was totally unexpected.

I found the dialogue in this movie very good, the actors enjoyable and the music fantastic.

Minor matters in an engrossing film.

id say to talk further about this & watch this is a true waste of time & hard earned money,it is believed that tom cruise is trying to make this film,if he is then ill say it will be a gold film,tom cruise is best & never disappoints unlike this mess,forget the DVD as it includes self promoting propaganda & never ending showoff interviews are thrown in except Eli Wallach commentary which i thought was hilarious to listen.

Exciting Action Sequences .

Still, a very enjoyable and well made Hollywood film that is well worth seeing.

This film is a quick reminder of the golden years of cinema when filmmakers were creating cinematic pieces taken from heart and dedication contrary to the pointless sequels and money-picking blockbusters the film community has been feeding us.

It is enjoyable on its own terms due to the stellar cast and Bernstein's score.

The acting was also way too underwhelming, it seems that the characters of this film were all apathetic and slow, it was weird.

The Magnificent Waste Of Time & Money .

What could have been a fairly routine western is lifted into the realm of classic thanks to some smart casting, sturdy direction and a rousing music score.

Westerns are not my genre of choice, so I was suprised to truly get into the exciting story of seven cowboys hired to protect a Mexican village from evil bandits.

The suspense is riveting.

The finale of the Seven Samurai is one of the most exciting finales that I've ever seen.

Inspirational, gripping characterisations from established and emerging stars work together to produce a simply wonderful movie.

The startling opening of a triumphing fanfare, thrilling percussions following a mesmerizingly inspirational violins melody, all leading up to one of the most heart-pounding orchestral movement of cinema's history, that only one word can describe besides iconic … Magnificent!

I've seen a number of faster-moving and better westerns but few with a cast this good that's still entertaining.

There are lots of slow parts, a silly love story, and to be honest at times I forgot who was the goody and who was the baddie.

An agonisingly slow pace and under-developed story prevents this from being truly great .

The pieces add up to one of the great entertaining films of all time, which still manages to be moving and morally aware despite its Hollywoodization of Kurosawa's vision.

Yet it's nonetheless true that even the American remake has a certain sobriety and good—sense that you could gain a new appreciation of by seeing the two sequels—where everything is reversed and where the revolutionary virtues of the peons are exalted, by means of a vague leftist propaganda.

The number of reviews is indicative of how entertaining and thought-provoking this film is.

Watch this movie for still being entertaining and moving after forty-five years; for its strong individual characters by "tough guy" actors when they were young; for the AMAZING iconic score which captures the once free-spirit of the American West; for just being a good and satisfying movie.

Highly Entertaining .

This film memorable for having a rousing and catchy main music film score from Elmer Bernstein.

Some reviewers mentioned the slow pacing of this film.

As I mentioned before the action was exciting and the stunts were very well orchestrated it could make today's stunt people green with envy.

Currently ranked #5 on IMDb's top 250, the original is far better than this dated cowboy story that, although fun, is a bit boring in some areas and visibly not quite as enjoyable as it was when released in 1960.

Has Some Fun Sequences But Is Overall A Bit Dull .

I have just seen this film again, and enjoyed it as much as the first time 40 years ago, and the other two or three times in between: you cannot do that with other mere 'westerns'.

An enjoyable typical American western, nothing more .

When it does begin it is exciting and it will come as no surprise that not all of the seven will be riding out of town again at the end.

The other thing a good western needs is a blazing score and Elmer Bernstein's classic theme really is one for the ages, stirring the blood and rousing the spirit in a way that modern films are rarely able to do.

"The Magnificent Seven" is derived from Kurosawa's superb "The Seven Samurai," a compelling tale of intimidated and impoverished medieval villagers hiring mercenary warriors to repel bandit ravages...

So the rhythm is still slow and the picture is often centered on the faces and the general attitudes or postures of the characters.

Above all, this is an enormously entertaining western.

The film, seen for the first or twentieth time, I claim "works" on all levels; its engrossing pace is that of a dramatic film, not merely an adventure.

It may stick rigidly to the genre stereotype but "The Magnificent Seven" is still a highly enjoyable film although I cannot compare to the original "Seven Samurai" because I've not seen that.

Out of this simple plot western specialist director John Sturges ("Gunfight at OK Corral", "Last Train from Gun Hill", "Bad Day at Black Rock") achieves a most entertaining film with lots of action, a bit of romance and a focus on certain complex characters.

As a fan of western films n being a big fan of Mcqueen, i enjoyed it more than Seven Samurai.

While The Magnificent Seven cannot compete with Seven Samurai in terms of visual dexterity or profound thematic complexity, John Sturges' Western-ised adaptation holds up as a rousing action-adventure story as well as a fascinating turning point in the history of films about the Old West.

The theme song is often poorly placed where mundane things are happening.

I first saw this film about 20 years ago as a teenager and I still find it as enjoyable now as I did then.

Outside of the rousing action-packed sequences, this movie has four merits: the actors, the cinematography, Elmer Bernstein's Oscar-nominated music score, and the on-location filming in Mexico.

It made Sunday afternoon an enjoyable time.

Here he is excellently served by a faultless cast, though Yul Brynner was the only major name of note, the likes of Steve McQueen (owning the movie), Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn and James Coburn would go on to become part of cinematic macho culture, with each actor vying for the right to own the movie proving to be a bonus trump card for this rousing and much loved picture.

More modern directors - notably Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood dragged the western legends into a more modern and believable context.

Also, the movie puts some interesting spins on Kurosawa's basic story; for instance, the chief bad guy in this remake gets some substantial dialogue, and the movie puts in an unexpected plot twist just before the action-packed climax.

' Yes, of its time, but it is a very good entertaining film.

Certainly some of the character is slow, and, while they're developed, they're not always sufficiently developed for us to care about them.

Absolutely gripping.

The film offers lessons in true courage played out in an engaging story.

He actually also considered the film to be slow paced, saying that after an initial viewing, he found it so slow that he composed the music the way he did to speed up many of the scenes.

The movie is too long 2 hours 15 minutes.

The premise of "Magnificent Seven" is so simple that the first half of the movie teeters on total boredom.

The real centerpiece isn't really focused on the action, though it is exciting and never holds back, the real meal ticket is the development in the characters and what drove them on this dangerous initiative.

Overall, the Magnificent Seven is rather dull.

This retelling of Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" is a good Western worth watching.

Rhythm and direction are quite slow for a fun western in combination with a trashy comedy.

First of all the film is too long and second of all the way some of the magnificent seven die at the end of the movie.

Slow pacing .

Still, the characters are certainly good, and the acting complements them, along with a great, Oscar-nominated soundtrack by Elmer Bernstein that all works together to make this a just-about-enjoyable movie that still, in 2016, has its strengths.

And in addition to being tremendously entertaining and widely influential, The Magnificent Seven was also prescient about the coming deconstruction of the Western that, along with overexposure on television, would nearly kill the genre.

Action scenes, especially with horses, are breathtaking.

From some interesting beginnings is spun a fascinating action-drama as loyalties shift; developments arise and what appeared as a simple enough job for many turns into an eyesore of a quandary inflicting moral dilemmas onto each of these men as they come to face what they face.

Long but thoroughly absorbing, "The Magnificent Seven" is one of those classic Westerns that even non-fans of the genre will probably like.