With stars such as, Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, Horst Buchholz and Eli Wallach, The Magnificent Seven was one of the best western’s in 1960. (yes, even the Alamo in my opinion!) I myself not being a big western fan really enjoy this movie, even today. This western-style remake based on Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 Japanese film Seven Samurai. The rights, originally bought by producer Lou Morheim, with plans to have Anthony Quinn as lead; however according to Variety Brynner “got the rights away from Quinn” and brought Sturges into the project as director. The rest is as they say history. At the 33rd Academy Awards, the score was nominated for Best Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture, losing to Ernest Gold’s score for Exodus. Yul Brynner was nominated for a Top Action Performance Lauerl Award for his role. They were seven – And they fought like seven hundred!
The Magnificent Seven was listed at #8 on AFI’s 100 Years of Film Scores. The film has grown greatly in esteem since its release, largely due to its cast (several of whom would go on to become superstars over the decade following its release) and its music score. It is the second most shown film in U.S. television history, behind only The Wizard of Oz.
The 1986 comedy Three Amigos directly parodies many aspects of The Magnificent Seven, from the hiring of a team of Americans to defend a small Mexican village, to the training of the villagers by the mercenaries, to the megalomaniacal over-the-top character of the Mexican gang leader.
A remake of the film is currently in the planning stages, with Tom Cruise starring. It has been reported that Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, and Matt Damon may join the film