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The Magnificent Seven back to product details

Great for drunken movie night
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written by raphaelc May 3, 2005 - 11:56 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
This movie may have been a serious action/drama when it was released, but now it's an exercise in hilarity. From the homoerotic dialogue and interactions between several of the main characters to the rigid, cliche gender roles of the Men and Women, the ketchup blood to the band of "dirty Mexicans" who terrorize a small town, this is a campy classic that just begs for audience commentary.

Not as good as I had hoped
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written by kamapuaa May 16, 2004 - 11:44 PM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
There's a great scene at the beginning where the leading two (of the seven) gunslingers slowly make their way to the cemetary, through a hostile crowd. And throughout, some of the acting is good - several of the actors went on to be iconic.

But I just didn't care for the movie after that. It's slow, there's too many scenes where where it seemed the director was killing time. And it felt too cheesy - something like a full-length episode of Bonanza. Cowboys wear clean bright pink shirts, and while the soundtrack was memorable and would have been great for another movie, it was too peppy for this one. Cowboys speak with clipped New England accents, and so do the Mexicans, although they also say "amigo" and "bueno" a lot.

I'm not the biggest fan of The Seven Samurai, but this movie was too much a simplistic, not-good remake, with nothing to recommend it over the original. Perhaps it's because I've seen the Serio Leone Spaghetti Westerns - Fistful of Dollars is a far better Western take on Kurosawa.

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