I'm going to come right out and say that I watched the new version of this film first, and that actually was pretty good, so I wasn't hating the fact that I had to watch this old movie. However, it was fairly boring. By the end of it I wasn't really even paying attention. Basically, seven men are tasked with saving this small Mexican village from a bully. There are gun fights, saloon life, and pretty much everything you'd expect to find in a true western movie.
In this “original” version, we have Chris Abrams (played by Yul Brynner), Vin Tanner (played by Steve McQueen), Bernado O’Reilly (played by Charles Bronson), Chico (played by Horst Buccholz), Lee (played by Robert Vaughn), Harry Luck (played by Brad Dexter), and Britt (played by James Coburn). Each character has their own part in helping out this tiny Mexican town, save it’s people, and let them keep what they make for themselves. I say original in quotations because this movie is based off the Japanese film Seven Samurai. So technically, it’s not the original, but we are calling it that for the purposes of Remake Week.
There were some comedic reliefs, mostly Chico. I enjoyed that scene when he’s trying to mess with the bull in the woods. The little love story that was thrown in there was a nice relief as well, but other than that I felt like the movie dragged on and on for two hours with a few fight scenes thrown in there. I’m going to give this film an “okay” rating.
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