The Magnificent Seven – 1960

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The Magnificent Seven Official Trailer #1 – Charles Bronson Movie (1960) HD

The Magnificent Seven Trailer – Directed by John Sturges and starring Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn. The Magnificent Seven is a western film from John Sturges and a remake of the Akira Kurosawa’s film The Seven Samurai from 1954.

FILM DESCRIPTION: Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai (1954) is westernized as The Magnificent Seven. Yul Brynner plays Chris, a mercenary hired to protect a Mexican farming village from its annual invasion by bandit Calvera (Eli Wallach). As Elmer Bernstein’s unforgettable theme music (later immortalized as the “Marlboro Man” leitmotif) blasts away in the background, Chris rounds up six fellow soldiers of fortune to help him form a united front against the bandits. The remaining “magnificent six” are played by Charles Bronson, Steve McQueen, Horst Buchholz, Robert Vaughn, James Coburn, and (the one that everybody forgets) Brad Dexter. Though jam-packed with action, William Roberts’s screenplay pauses long enough to flesh out each of its characters, allowing the audience to pick their own favorites. The Magnificent Seven was followed by three sequels, not to mention dozens of imitations.

The Magnificent Seven (1/12) Movie CLIP – I Want Him Buried (1960) HD

CLIP DESCRIPTION: Henry (Val Avery) tries to convince the hearse driver to bury the dead man. Chris Adams (Yul Brynner) volunteers to drive the hearse to Boot Hill.

Writer:William Roberts (screenplay)

The Magnificent Seven (2/12) Movie CLIP – Standoff at the Cemetery (1960) HD

CLIP DESCRIPTION: Chris (Yul Brynner) and Vin (Steve McQueen) take a dangerous ride through town to the cemetery where they face down six gunmen.

Although the film received only mixed reviews, John Sturges got a rave from the one source that really mattered to him. After seeing the picture, Akira Kurosawa was so impressed, he sent the American director a ceremonial sword as a gift.

The Magnificent Seven (3/12) Movie CLIP – We Need Help (1960) HD

CLIP DESCRIPTION: Three Mexican peasants approach Chris (Yul Brynner) and ask him to help defend their village against bandits.

Yul Brynner had a major say in casting decisions, including the decision to cast Steve McQueen. He specifically requested that McQueen be cast as Vin Tanner. Brynner later regretted the move since he and McQueen developed a disastrous relationship on set.

The Magnificent Seven (4/12) Movie CLIP – Testing Chico (1960) HD

CLIP DESCRIPTION: When Chico (Horst Buchholz) asks to join the team, Chris (Yul Brynner) tests his response time by making him clap.

The “bandit gang” hired for Calvera adopted Eli Wallach as one of their own. In the mornings before shooting started, but after Wallach was in costume, he and the group would go riding together for an hour. Additionally, members of the gang insisted on doing the final checks for Wallach’s horse tack and prop gun before he was allowed to use either.

The Magnificent Seven (5/12) Movie CLIP – Vin Is In (1960) HD

CLIP DESCRIPTION: Vin (Steve McQueen) approaches Chris (Yul Brynner) and the peasants at the bar and, liking the company, joins the team.

When Vin takes off his hat before Chris starts the horses pulling the hearse, he is actually checking for the presence of wind and from what direction. Although at short distances a coach shotgun is effective, wind is less of a factor than it would be with weapons that had greater range; still, the move was a calculated one by Steve McQueen in his frequent efforts to steal the scene.

The Magnificent Seven (6/12) Movie CLIP – Fastest Knife in Town (1960) HD

CLIP DESCRIPTION: Forced into a duel by a haughty gunman, Britt (James Coburn) kills the man with his throwing knife before the man can even draw.

James Coburn was a big fan of “Seven Samurai (1954)” and his favorite role in that film was the character that he ended up playing in the Americanized version. He deliberately incorporated Seiji Miyaguchi‘s performance as Kyuzo into his performance.

The Magnificent Seven (7/12) Movie CLIP – Squeeze the Trigger (1960) HD

CLIP DESCRIPTION: The seven teach the peasants how to shoot the guns they took from the bandits.

According to Eli Wallach‘s autobiography, Yul Brynner had a major problem with what he perceived as Steve McQueen‘s trying to upstage him. According to Wallach, McQueen would do things when on screen with Brynner to draw attention to his character. Examples were his shaking of the shotgun shells and taking off his hat to check the sun during the hearse scene and leaning off his horse to dip his hat in the river when the Seven cross into Mexico. Brynner was supposedly so worried about McQueen stealing his limelight in scenes that he hired an assistant to count the number of times McQueen touched his own hat when he [Brynner] was speaking.

The Magnificent Seven (8/12) Movie CLIP – Confronting Calvera (1960) HD

CLIP DESCRIPTION: When the bandits return to the village, Chris (Yul Brynner) and the others advise Calvera (Eli Wallach) to “ride on.”

Sterling Hayden was originally supposed to play the knife expert, Britt. Hayden dropped out for unknown reasons, so John Sturges sent out an extensive casting call. Robert Vaughn (Lee) recommended his old schoolmate and friend James Coburn for the role. Vaughn and Coburn helped each other get roles throughout the rest of Coburn’s life.

The oneupmanship between Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen spread to the other actors, and they all started pulling stunts of their own in order to get the audience’s attention. While a lot of the attention-hogging did make it into the finished film, John Sturges was terrified by how quickly he lost control of his cast.

The Magnificent Seven (9/12) Movie CLIP – Village Shootout (1960) HD

CLIP DESCRIPTION: Chris (Yul Brynner) and the other six hired guns face off against Calvera (Eli Wallach) and his men.

It was Yul Brynner who approached producer Walter Mirisch with the idea of doing a Western adaptation of Akira Kurosawa‘s classic, “Seven Samurai (1954).”

James Coburn (Britt) and Robert Vaughn (Lee) have only 11 and 16 lines in the entire film, respectively. Although they were close friends for almost 50 years, this is their only film together.

The Magnificent Seven (10/12) Movie CLIP – Gunfighter Arithmetic (1960) HD

CLIP DESCRIPTION: After running off Calvera and his bandits, Chris (Yul Brynner) and the others discuss the life of a gunfighter with Chico (Horst Buchholz).

Yul Brynner (5’10”) was concerned to make sure he always appeared substantially taller than Steve McQueen (5’9-1/2″), to the point of making a little mound of earth and standing on it in all their shots together. McQueen, for his part, casually kicked at the mound every time he passed by it.

Steve McQueen tried to draw attention from Yul Brynner by taking off his hat to shade his eyes as he looks around just before they drive the hearse to the graveyard and bending down from his saddle to dip water with his hat as the whole crew crosses a stream. Finally Brynner said to him, “If you don’t stop that I’m going to take off my hat, and then no one will look at you for the rest of the film.”

The Magnificent Seven (11/12) Movie CLIP – Surrendering to Calvera (1960) HD

CLIP DESCRIPTION: Chris (Yul Brynner) and the others hand their weapons over to Calvera (Eli Wallach).

Steve McQueenJames Coburn and Charles Bronson all appeared together again in John Sturges next film The Great Escape (1963). This film had just been released in Germany while the next film was filming, and it was a big hit, so they were all besieged on set by autograph hunters.

The Magnificent Seven (12/12) Movie CLIP – Killing Calvera (1960) HD

CLIP DESCRIPTION: Aided by the seven, the peasants rise up against the bandits and Chris (Yul Brynner) kills Calvera (Eli Wallach).

In later years, Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen reconciled. McQueen, dying of cancer, called Brynner to thank him. “What for?” queried Brynner. “You coulda had me kicked off the movie when I rattled you,” replied McQueen, “but you let me stay and that picture made me, so thanks”. Brynner told him, “I am the king and you are the rebel prince: every bit as royal . . . and dangerous to cross.” McQueen said, “I had to make it up with Yul ’cause without him I wouldn’t have been in that picture.”

Edited by: EZorrilla.

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