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The Magnificent Seven 1960 Film

Updated on September 23, 2016
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A Little about this film’s version

Starring Yul Brynner. Co-starring Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughan. James Coburn and Brad Dexter. And introducing Horst Buchholz.

Originally released by Metro Goldwyn Mayer and released through United Artists Entertainment from Transamerica Corporation. Filmed in Panavision.

Distributed on Home DVD by MGM DVD.

Running time of 128 mins. No rating. Aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Filmed with Panavision anamorphic lenses. Color by De Luxe, Hollywood, CA. Negative and printed format is 35mm.

Movie Trailer

Give me the plot!

Our Hero is named Chris “The Leader,” played by Yul Brynner. The second in command is Vin “The Dangerous One,” played by Steve McQueen. The Antagonist is Calvera “The Bandido,” (The Evil One) played by Eli Wallach. Each character is introduced, as he is indoctrinated into forming The Mag Seven team: The Mexican (Charles Bronson), Harry Luck (Brad Dexter), Britt “The Knife & Gun Guy” (James Coburn), Lee “The Gambler” (Robert Vaughan), and Chico “The Violent One” (German actor Horst Buchholz).

The Central Conflict is setup in the first sequence, where the Farmers are having their corn stolen by Calvera, who must “feed his men before winter sets in.” So instead of growing it or working for it (as echoed by 2 of the Mag Seven men), they steal it from the villagers. The 3 Farmers go to the Priestly Leader and ask what they should do, and he advises them “to fight. Or, if you cannot fight, then go buy some guns.” The farmers know they cannot fight Calvera’s army of 35 men, so that leaves the other option.

The 3 Farmers seek out Chris, who has morally buried one of their Mexican men, along with Vin’s help, at the edge of town. Classic Yul Brynner! Loved it. At the end of this scene, comes the famous Musical score…

Once the Mag Seven are assembled, the plot plays out like a classic Western. Villagers learn to shoot rifles from the Gunslingers, and fight for their Corn, which is part of their livelihood. There is a Love Story between Petra and Chico (aka “The Kid”). <Where do you think Magic Mike got that idea from?>

Along the way, Mag Seven men are hurt or shot down in the Showdown Scene. Excellent stuff! So much testerone that you could see it on the screen. Classic Western one-liners. Western Imagery started here (Lone cowboy in black, Chaps, Cowboy hat, Corral sign at the end of town, Shooting through the Saloon window while riding through town, Waterwell, Livery, Bar).

On the Set

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Some Historical Fact-isms

There were only 3 production companies involved in this JV – The Mirisch Company, Alpha Productions and Alpha. With the independent production companies involved, and selling it to MGM, the list for Home Distribution far outstrips the production company list. My research (up to this point) shows that the movie was popular in Argentina, Netherlands, Finland, West Germany and France from 1960 to 1961; the USA was not initially receptive to the film, until its re-release into the U.S. market.

Television increased the series’ popularity with ABC airing in 1963.

Filming Credits

Directed by John Sturges.
Written by William Roberts.
Produced by the Mirisch Company, Walter Mirisch, John Sturges and Lou Morheim.
Music by Elmer Bernstein. Mono sound.
Cinematography by Charles Lang.
Film editing by Ferris Webster.
Art direction by Edward Fitzgerald.
Set decoration by Rafael Suarez.
Makeup by Emile LaVigne and Daniel Striepke.
Production management department (Francisco “Chico” Day, Allen K. Wood, Hubert Frohlich, and John Veitch).
Second Unit Directors (Jaime Contreras, Robert E. Relyea, Emilio Fernandez, Jerome M. Siegel).
Art or Property department is Sam Gordon.
Sound department (Del Harris, Rafael Ruiz Esparza and Jack Solomon).
Special effects by Milt Rice.
Stunts performed by Larry Duran, Bob Terhune, Jack Williams and Stunt Coordinator Henry Wills (who performed stunts, too!).
Stunt doubles: Jerry Gatlin (for Buchholtz, Wallach, Bronson and Vaughn), Chuck Hayward (for Yul Brynner), Loren Janes (for Steve McQueen), Leroy Johnson (for Yul Brynner) and Jimmy Reno (for James Coburn).
Camera and Electrical department (Hugh Crawford, Jack Harris, Kenneth Meade, Kyme Meade and Don Stott).
Costume and wardrobe by Bert Henrikson.
Music department (Robert Bain, Jack Hayes, Leo Shuken).
Other crew: Thom Conroy (Dialogue Director), John Franco (Script continuity) and “Chema” Hernandez (Head wrangler).

Cast & Crew

Character
Actor
 
 
Chris Larabee Adams
Yul Brynner
Calvera
Eli Wallach
Vin Tanner
Steve McQueen
Bernardo O' Reilly
Charles Bronson
Lee
Robert Vaughn
Harry Luck
Brad Dexter
Britt
James Coburn
Hilario
Jorge Martinez de Hoyos
Old Man
Vladimir Sokoloff
Petra
Rosenda Monteros
Sotero
Rico Alaniz
Tomas
Pepe Hern
Villager #1
Natividad Vacio
Boy #1 with O'Reilly
Mario Navarro
Boy #2
Danny Bravo
Miguel
John A. Alonzo
Villager #2
Enrique Lucero
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Alex Montoya
Wallace
Robert J. Wilke
Henry
Val Avery
Chamlee
Whit Bissell
Robert
Bing Russell
Chico
Horst Buchholz
Villager #3
Henry Amargo
Rafael
Jose Chavez
Villager #4
Roberto Contreras
Gunman at Boot Hill
Jim Davis
Santos, one of Calvera's men
Valentin de Vargas
Calvera's man
Larry Duran
Front Office Clerk
Victor French
Flynn
Joseph Ruskin
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Location Shooting

The desert scenes and Western Town set was built and shot in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. The State of Morelos was used for most of the desert and scrub forest scenes. Estudios Churubusco Azteca in Mexico City was the studio. Other locations included Bavispe, Sonora; Tepoztlan, Morelos; Durango, Mexico; 201 S. Kinney Road in Tucson, AZ for some Interior scene reshoots.

Theatrical Release Dates

Country of Distribution
Year
 
 
USA
10/23/1960
Brazil
11/24/1960
Argentina
12/15/1960
France
2/1/1961
Finland
2/17/1961
Greece
2/17/1961
West Germany
2/24/1961
Madrid, Spain
2/27/1961
Italy
3/2/1961
Ireland
4/14/1961
Japan
5/3/1961
Mexico
6/1/1961
Sweden
6/26/1961
Denmark
7/5/1961
Netherlands
7/20/1961
Hong Kong
9/14/1961
Portugal
12/14/1961
Russia
1962
East Germany
8/16/1963
USA TV premiere
9/8/1963
Turkey
1964
Re-release in France
7/1/1970
Hungary
3/25/1971
Re-release in Portugal
6/19/1986
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Home Distribution

Distribution
Year
Format
Country
aka
 
 
 
 
 
United Artists
1980
VHS reissue
USA
 
CBS/Fox
1984
VHS
USA
 
MGM/UA home entertainment
1984
VHS
USA
 
Yleisradio (YLE)
1986
TV
Finland
 
MGM/UA home entertainment
1988
VHS
USA
 
MGM/UA home entertainment
1989
Laserdisc
USA
 
MGM/UA home entertainment
1991
VHS
USA
 
MGM/UA home video
1993
VHS
UK
 
MGM/UA home entertainment
1994
Laserdisc
USA
 
MGM/UA home entertainment
1997
VHS
USA
 
Warner home video
1997
VHS
USA
 
Warner home video
1997
VHS
France
 
Warner home video
1999
VHS
Germany
 
MGM home entertainment
2000
VHS
France
 
MGM home entertainment (Europe)
2001
DVD SE
UK
 
MGM home entertainment
2001
DVD
Canada
 
MGM home entertainment
2001
DVD
Germany
 
MGM home entertainment
2001
DVD
France
 
MGM home entertainment
2001
DVD SE
USA
 
FS Film Oy
2002
TV
Finland
 
Mainostelevisio (MTV3)
2002
TV
Finland
 
20th century fox home entertainment
2004
DVD SE
Netherlands
 
MGM home entertainment
2005
DVD
USA
 
Sony pictures home entertainment
2006
DVD
USA
 
20th century fox home entertainment
2006
DVD
USA
 
20th century fox home entertainment
2006
DVD
Netherlands
 
20th century fox home entertainment
2010
Blu-ray DVD
USA
The Magnificent Seven Collection
20th century fox home entertainment
2010
Blu-ray DVD
Netherlands
 
Epoca
 
VHS
Argentina
 
RTL Entertainment
2016
TV
Netherlands
 
Rai 3
2016
TV
Italy
 
Scanvideo for United Artists
 
VHS
Finland
 
20th century fox home entertainment
 
VHS
Netherlands
 
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Please see my Other Reviews

Please read my other Film Review for The Magnificent Seven (2016), to see what differs from the 1960 version.

As a backgrounder, if you’re a film buff, check out Guns for Hire featurette (2001) Review. This explains how the original film was made, and was quite interesting to watch, as most of these influential people are no longer with us.

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