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The Magnificent Seven Details

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Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa's Akira Kurosawa (1954) is westernized as Akira Kurosawa. 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. Akira Kurosawa was followed by three sequels, not to mention dozens of imitations. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 23, 1960

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Elmer Bernstein Best Drama or Comedy Score 1960 Nominee

Crew

John Sturges
Director
John Sturges
Producer
Walter Mirisch
Producer
Walter Bernstein
Screenwriter
Walter Newman
Screenwriter
William Roberts
Screenwriter
Charles B. Lang
Cinematographer
Elmer Bernstein
Composer (Music Score)
Ferris Webster
Editor
Walter Mirisch
Executive Producer
Milt Rice
Special Effects
Emile LaVigne
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