- Brand New Documentary
- Audio Commentary by Eli Wallach, James Coburn, Walter Mirisch and more!
- Photo Gallery
- Collectible Booklet
- Original Theatrical Trailers
- Languages: English, French, Spanish
- Subtitles: French, Spanish
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 8 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 8, 2001
- Originally Released: 1960
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Collectors Edition
- Special Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Dolby Digital Mono - French
- Dolby Digital Mono - Spanish
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: Eli Wallach - Star, James Coburn - Star
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Additional Products:
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Eli Wallach &
Jorge Martínez de Hoyos,
Rico Alaniz &
Robert J. Wilke
Walter Newman &
John Sturges &
Director of Photography:
Description by OLDIES.com:
Spectacular gun battles, epic-sized heroes and an all-star cast that includes Academy Award winners Yul Brynner and James Coburn, together with Steve McQueen, Eli Wallach and Charles Bronson, make The Magnificent Seven
a legend among westerns. Spawning three sequels and a successful television series, and featuring Elmer Bernstein's Oscar-nominated score, this stunning remake of The Seven Samurai
is "a hard-pounding adventure" (Newsweek
) and "an enduringly popular" (Leonard Maltin) cinematic classic.
Merciless Calvera (Wallach) and his band of ruthless outlaws are terrorizing a poor Mexican village, and even the bravest lawmen can't stop them. Desperate, the locals hire Chris Adams (Brynner) and six other gunfighters to defend them. With time running out before Calvera's next raid, the heroic seven must prepare the villagers for this battle and help them find the courage to take back their town - or die trying!
John Sturges's remake of Akira Kurosawa's 1954 classic THE SEVEN SAMURAI has become an influential film in its own right. A small Mexican village that makes involuntary donations of its harvest to a gang of bandits led by Calvera (Eli Wallach) decides to hire a group of professional gunmen, headed by gunslinger-for-hire Chris (Yul Brynner), to protect them. Despite the meager pay, Chris and Vin (Steve McQueen) sign on after the Mexicans see them confront some racist thugs. As they ride to the village, Chris picks up some other gunmen, including Bernardo (Charles Bronson), Lee (Robert Vaughan), Britt (James Coburn), Harry (Brad Dexter), and aspiring gunslinger Chico (Horst Buchholz). The Mexicans, who are at first ambivalent about having gunmen hanging around their town, finally let down their guard and allow their visitors to teach them how to shoot and how to reconfigure the town to defend against Calvera. When the bandits return, they find harvesting the crops a little more challenging. This rousing, perfectly cast action film launched the careers of Bronson, McQueen, and Coburn. It also benefits tremendously from the unforgettably polyrhythmic score by Elmer Bernstein, among the most famous in film history. So popular was the film's theme that it was used to sell Marlboro cigarettes for years afterward.
A band of marauding outlaws periodically pillages a poor Mexican town, angering its helpless inhabitants. In response, the frightened villagers hire a team of seven desperadoes to defend them--and to teach them how to defend themselves. THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN is one of the finest Westerns to ever come out of Hollywood, featuring some of the same cast that starred in THE GREAT ESCAPE.
- Shooting location: Mexico.
- Yul Brynner's grandiosity was such that he had written into his contract a clause stiplulating that no cast member could come closer to him than 10 feet while they were not shooting.
- Brynner got married during production, on the village square set. Apparently he let his wife come within 10 feet.
- Steve McQueen wanted the film part so badly that he crashed his car to get out of a commitment to his TV series WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE.
- The film played only a week in its original release but was a hit in Europe.
- James Coburn claimed to have seen the Kurosawa version 12 times in 12 days.
- Akira Kurosawa reportedly loved this remake.
- John Alonso, a bit player as one of the villagers, would go on to become director of photography on such films as BLUE THUNDER and CHINATOWN.