Just finished watching it. Still great. I’m bummed more of the seven didn’t survive wounded. Robert Vaughn …see ya Brad Dexter. didn’t like the way he bought it but didn’t miss him. I wanted James Coburn and Bronson to survive.
I was struck by an odd thought this time. For some reason, Yul Brynner’s performance was reminding me of someone else, and I couldn’t think of who it was. And then it hit me: Michael Dorn as Worf in Star Trek: TNG. I know, it’s bizarre, but…
I had never watched this movie until a couple of years ago. I was three years old when it came out, and even though I watched a lot of western movies in later life, I never got around to the Magnificent Seven until recently. That’s a real test of how well a movie holds up, I had no fondness of it from when I saw it as a kid. Yeah, I’d always heard it was good, but I’m a super-critical movie watcher, so I judged it on its own merit.
It’s now one of my favorite movies, and I think it’s one of the greatest western movies ever made. The scene of Brynner and McQueen riding the hearse is just incredible in the way it tells you so much about those characters without any exposition. Just the “Where you from?” “Where you headed?” conversation speaks volumes.
Alpha Twit, I highly recommend that you see it.
The movie sequels were pretty disappointing (especially the one where George Kennedy tries to step into the Yul Brynner role. Nothing against George, but who the hell thought that was good casting?). But anyone who likes the original movie should definitely check out the short-lived TV series from the late '90s starring Michael Biehn as Chris and Eric Close as Vin. The series did a great job of capturing the spirit and tone of the movie, staying reasonably close the characterizations while also expanding on them.
I think Seven Samurai and the original Magnificent Seven are both great movies. The storyline of a small force fending off superior numbers seems ageless, but this particular format of a group of specialists formed for the task is a subclass of the genre. Does anybody know of the use of this plot form prior to Samurai?
Thanks to Netflix, I just did see it. My opinion - meh. I tend not to be much of a fan of westerns anyway so it’s neither very surprising nor very meaningful that I didn’t care for it.
One way that movies often fail for me is that they fail the plausibility check. Too many scenes in the Magnificent Seven just struck me as being so wrong that I couldn’t really get into the movie. The blowhard that Coburn kills in his first scene is a good example. Would any rational person push a fatal confrontation for essentially no reason? Calvera’s casual brutality clashes with his choice to ‘pardon’ the seven so that they can come back and win the day. Yul Brynner’s dialogue was almost cringe worthy much of the time.
I’m glad I did finally watch it but I see no reason to include it in my future viewing plans.
My beef with the Coburn scene is the same complaint I have with every knife fight on film: people dying too quickly. Hell, the guy he poked took maybe 3 inches of a narrow blade to his lower abdomen, and he falls down dead almost instantly. If that wound was mortal, it would be due to peritonitis, which would take days to kill. A tough cowboy like that should have been able to shrug off the poke and shoot Coburn dead.
aldiboronti, those are some trivia gems, especially the two you quoted. As a big McQueen fan it cracks me up to picture him doing that. I must say thinking of those will provide a bit of added charm the next time I see the movie.