Genre Grandeur – The Magnificent Seven (1960) – Thoughts All Sorts

westernFor this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Westerns, here’s a review of The Magnificent Seven (1960) by Catherine of Thoughts All Sorts

Thanks again to Catherine of Thoughts All Sorts for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Sean of  We will be reviewing our favorite Nautical Film.

Loosely defined as anything taking place in, on or under the sea or heavily involving the sea.

Representative examples might include stuff like Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Mutiny on the Bounty, The Hunt For Red October, The Enemy Below, Damn the Defiant!, Cast Away, that sort of thing.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Feb by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Sean!

Let’s see what Catherine thought of this movie:


2Magnificent. That’s all I can say about The Magnificent Seven. Of course I’m talking about the 1960 version. Which one were you thinking is worthy of Grandeur status?

If you don’t know the story: Villagers seek out someone who can help them defend themselves and their homes against Calvera (Eli Wallach) who repeatedly takes their crops and belongings, leaving them with the bare minimum. They come across Chris (Yul Brynner) and Vin (Steve McQueen) who, in their eyes, are perfect for the job. Offered everything, which is practically nothing, the two eventually become seven (Chris states ‘I have been offered a lot for my work but never everything’), each man there for his own reasons. What unfolds is the preparation for and defense of the village’s livelihood. As well as insight into the seven different characters, with different virtues.


Directed by John Sturges with music (Oscar nominated for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture) by Elmer Bernstein, this is such a fantastic movie that I never tire of watching. My favourite part is the scene where Chris and Vin (and even Chico) are first introduced in the town where nobody will drive the hearse up to Boot Hill. The lines in this scene are great especially “You elected?”, “No. I got nominated real good” and of course “The reception committee is forming”.


Oh, and then there’s Horst Buchholz, adding such personality and almost comic relief. Watch out for another great scene with him doing a “torero” stint. It will have you smiling. But, in all honesty, all seven men have their scenes.


Not sure about you, but I often find myself counting out the Magnificent Seven. Here they are (in no particular order):

Chris (Yul Brynner)

Vin (Steve McQueen)

Chico (Horst Buchholz)

Harry Luck (Brad Dexter)

Bernardo O’Reilly (Charles Bronson)

Britt (James Coburn)

Lee (Robert Vaughn)
If you haven’t seen this one, do yourself a favour and give it a watch. Remember, the 1960 version that is. It truly is magnificent.

4 thoughts on “Genre Grandeur – The Magnificent Seven (1960) – Thoughts All Sorts

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  4. Ironically, Brad Dexter is often lost in the shuffle in the film (all of them went on to true stardom), but his character was perhaps the least noble of the 7. However, he was a true hero in real life which means, that was some acting. Just a great film on so many levels. From the performances to the staging, witty dialogue, and oh that stirring music, you just can’t recreate a classic—but I could see why they wanted to try. What’s not to love! Plus the movements of each man. Brynner’s walk, McQueen’s sudden but cool like quickness, countered by Coburn’s stillness, Bronson’s pure physicality, Vaughn’s facade of confidence truly rediscovered in the finally in that little room with the speed of his gun, Buchholz and his suave manner, and Dexter’s underlying decency due to his loyalty to Chris. It’s all up there and it is wonderful.


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