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The Magnificent Seven
Short plot summary

A village are fed up with being attacked, so hire seven street brawler, knife throwing, thug types from a local village to give their enemies hell. The poor villagers have little money with which to pay the men, only $20 each, so they are appealing to the men to do what is right.

Classic movie with a message. Stars: Yul Brenner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughan, Brad Dexter, James Coburn.

What our panel of critics thought

"Oh for that time in movie history when all you needed to shoot someone was to have a revolver, a loud bang and some smoke and whoever was standing within 5 feet would fall dramatically to the floor..."

"This movie reminded me of that time at school when we were all told to go do something nice for our neighbors. It all ended badly then too if memory serves, although I don't remember the shooting bit."

"A triumph of good honest guys doing what is right. How dated this movie is now. Are they all dead yet in real life?"

"How dippy those villagers are. As my grandmother once told me: Never help the weak, they always stab you in the back in the end."

"Charles Bronson gets shot? A disgrace! I want my money back. Never to be seen without a mustache again!"

"Dir dir, dee der dur da. Dur da, dee der do dar, dum dum der dar dee dar dar dar, dum dum dum dum di dum dar darghhh.. I hate that darn theme music."

Please tell me the ending or plot overview if necessary

The initial attack is repelled by the Seven, but the bad guys come back again. The villagers have second thoughts about defending the village and decide to negotiate with the bad guy's, betraying our heroes who have to negotiate for their lives.

Robert Vaughn and Charles Bronson both get killed, one leaves on hearing the villagers have had second thoughts. After a final fight, Brenner and McQueen both survive.

Dr Bravisimo-Encore II Movie Review

One of those must see movies, unfortunately it has dated a little now. It is the western remake of Seven Samurai.

The movie serves as a reminder of human nature: Beware those cowardly types who always strive for the easy way, those who change their minds like the wind and are disloyal to their strong friends.

Quotable quotes

"It seemed like a good idea at the time"

Other comments

Movie message: "Never help the cowardly."

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