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 Vaughn, James Coburn, and (the one that everybody forgets) Brad Dexter. Though jam-packed with action, William Roberts's screenplay pauses long enough to flesh out each of its characters, allowing the audience to pick their own favorites. The Magnificent Seven was followed by three sequels, not to mention dozens of imitations.~Hal Erickson
Guns for Hire - The making of The Magnificent Seven
Elmer Bernstein and The Magnificent Seven
The Linene Book: Lost Images From The Magnificent Seven
Original theatrical trailers
Audio commentary featuring James Coburn, Eli Wallash and Walter Mirisch
I saw the movie years ago and decided the DVD would be a good addition to my limited collection. Haven't watched it yet but I'm looking forward to rediscovering the magic of this classic western with its marvelous cast.
A classic western with a cool plot. I like westerns and adding this one to my collection at such a low price point was a no brainer. I always browse the movie bargain bins when in Best Buy.
If you've never seen it, you've lost out.