Identify this Western

…please. The opening scene has the Lone Wandering Gunfighter escort a wagon with body in a coffin to the burial grounds. Problem is the town doesn’t want him to be buried for some reason which I forgot and so he has to shoot his way through a couple of them. Maybe it has Clint, but I’m not sure.

Sounds very much like The Magnificent Seven, although that’s two lone gunfighters (Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen) teaming up to ensure a Native American is buried. I think they shoot a couple of the town thugs in their arms.


Thank you.

I recently read a story which was a bad space opera rip off of The Magnificent Seven. It started with a burial scene which reminded me of a Western, but since it’s been sooooooo long since I saw TMS (something I will rectify soon) I couldn’t figure out which western. That and I didn’t think it was TMS because I couldn’t imagine that someone would rip off TMS so blatantly. The basic premise, fine, but a shot for shot swipe? Wow.

The movie **Battle Beyond the Stars** is a bad space opera rip off of TM7, which itself came from the Kurosawa, of course.

Actually, Battle Beyond the Stars isn’t all that bad – some very entertaining moments and good script (by John Sayles) that knows it’s a ripoff and is having fun with it.

Yep, The Magnificent Seven is a remake of Kurasawa’s The Seven Samurai. He’s acknowledged in the opening credits.

But I don’t remember there being a funeral scene at the beginning of 7S.

I believe both The Magnificent Seven and Battle beyond the Stars are acknowledged homages to The Seven Samurai and that they paid royalties for the use of the plot, so the term “ripoff” is a little unfair.

I’m hardly a copyright expert, but I have a hard time believing that The Magnificent Seven or Battle Beyond the Stars (or A Bug’s Life, or Hawk the Slayer which were two additional Seven Samurai “homages”, and not the last of them, either) would have to pay royalties for reusing the basic story, but drastically changing the names, characters, and settings. As far as I know, you can’t copyright ideas, only specific works of art.

There was no funeral scene in Seven Samurai, however. Instead, there is a scene where a theif has taken a child hostage and is hiding in a shed. Kambei, an older samurai, shaves his head to pose as a monk and get close to the thief so he can kill him. In this context, a samurai shaving his head was roughly as iconoclastic as standing up (and gunning down) someone for anti-Indian bigotry. Obviously, the Kambei character was played by Yul Brenner in The Magnificent Seven.