The Magnificent Seven/The Alamo [2 Discs] [DVD]

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The Magnificent Seven/The Alamo [2 Discs] (DVD)  (Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV)  (English/French/Spanish)  1960 - Larger Front
  • The Magnificent Seven/The Alamo [2 Discs] (DVD) (Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV) (English/French/Spanish) 1960
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Special Features

  • The Magnificent Seven
  • Documentary
  • Audio commentary by Eli Wallach, James Coburn, Walter Mirisch and more!
  • Photo gallery

Synopsis

The Alamo
John Wayne's directorial debut The Alamo is set in 1836: Wayne plays Col. Davy Crockett, who, together with Colonels Jim Bowie (Richard Widmark) and William Travis (Laurence Harvey) and 184 hardy Americans and Texicans, defends the Alamo mission against the troops of Mexican general Santa Ana. There's a lot of macho byplay before the actual attack, including the famous "letter" scene in which Wayne craftily rouses the patriotic ire of his subordinates. Also appearing are Richard Boone as Sam Houston, and Chill Wills (whose somewhat tasteless Oscar campaign has since become legendary in the annals of shameless self-promotion) as Beekeeper. Wayne's production crew was compelled to reconstruct the Alamo in Bracketville, Texas, about a hundred miles from the actual site. Dimitri Tiomkin's score, including The Green Leaves of Summer, received generous airplay on the Top-40 radio outlets of America. Rumors persist that Wayne's old pal John Ford directed most of The Alamo; cut to 161 minutes for its general release, the film was restored to its original, 192-minute length in 1992. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Magnificent Seven
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, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • John Wayne
    John Wayne - Col. David Crockett
  • Richard Widmark
    Richard Widmark - Col. James Bowie
  • Laurence Harvey
    Laurence Harvey - Col. William Barrett Travis
  • Frankie Avalon
    Frankie Avalon - Smitty
  • Patrick Wayne
    Patrick Wayne - Capt. James Butler Bonham

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