The Magnificent Seven

  • Directed by John Sturges
  • United States, 1960, 128 mins., English

In this lean remake of SEVEN SAMURAI, Sturges transports Kurosawa’s epic 18th-century jidaigeki (period drama) to mid-19th-century Mexico, near the US border. The core of the story remains: A small peasant village, self-sustaining and seemingly peaceful, is repeatedly raided by a miscreant band of pillagers led by Calvera (Eli Wallach). The villagers find help in the form of Chris (Yul Brynner), an expert gunslinger from Dodge City, who brings together a small army of six very different men, from a dashing wanderer (Steve McQueen), to an Irish-Mexican gunfighter (Charles Bronson), to an inexperienced yet eager newcomer (Horst Buchholz). In the end, Sturges’s western is a subtly profound examination of masculinity in the face of despair.

Appears in: Samurai Cinema

Genres: Thriller, Action

Other Films by John Sturges

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

Lancaster takes on a legend of the West in his role as lawman Wyatt Earp opposite Kirk Douglas’s gunslinger Doc Holliday. The story is familiar: Holliday is in Dodge City, having murdered the brother of Texas Ed Bailey (Lee Van Cleef), who seeks revenge; Earp, just arriving in Dodge, seeks to apprehend a group of

Bad Day At Black Rock

This hard, economical, hybrid Western noir follows one-armed WWII vet John Macreedy (Spencer Tracy) as he stops in the small desert town of Black Rock, looking for a man named Komoko. Initially rebuffed, as Macreedy digs deeper, he learns that not only has the train failed to stop in Black Rock for four years, but