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7 Men from Now (1956)

Cast: Randolph Scott, Randolph Scott, Gail Russell, more...
Director: Budd Boetticher, Budd Boetticher
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Paramount
Genre: Classics, Westerns
Running Time: 78 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Randolph Scott (in a role originally slated for John Wayne) trudges stoically through the West, hunting down the seven men responsible for the murder of his wife in a Wells Fargo station holdup. As the film opens, we see him dispatching two of the miscreants during a driving rainstorm. The worst of the bandits, Lee Marvin, is still at large, and a showdown is inevitable. Though the victims are deserving of their fate, the script is careful to detail the moral deterioration of Scott, who'd quit his sheriff's job to go on this unauthorized death hunt. Seven Men from Now is one of the best of the Randolph Scott/Budd Boetticher collaborations, as well as one of the few not released by Columbia Pictures. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Read GreenCine's exclusive interview: Budd Boetticher, Last of the Old Hollywood Two-Fisted Directors. Between 1988 and 1992, Sean Axmaker conducted a series of interviews with the late director. In these highlights, Boetticher talks about his work with two unique men, Scott and writer Burt Kennedy, 18-day shoots and gunslingers in love. Full Article >>

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A Fine Genre Piece by talltale January 8, 2006 - 5:01 PM PST
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Another taciturn western via Burt Kennedy (screenwriter), Budd Boetticher (director) and Randolph Scott (star), SEVEN MEN FROM NOW seems not quite as tightly written or directed as some, but it builds nicely and offers a couple of major surprises along the way plus a chance at some complex characterization from supporting star Lee Marvin. Dealing with revenge and guilt (as do so many of these films), "7 Men" gives Scott another opportunity to be quiet, strong & utterly unpretentious, all of which he manages wonderfully, while a gracefully aging Gail Russell ("Wake of the Red Witch") provides the necessary femme presence (and gets to utter the satisfying last line).

The more I see of Boetticher and Scott, the more underrated in their day they both seem. Thank god for DVDs--which continue to provide some much-needed, post-mortem justice for film folk worldwide. This one, by the way, offers a pretty good wide-screen transfer, with many scenes sharp & colorful, others blurred & parched.

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(Average 7.89)
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