The Magnificent Seven

Year: 1960
Director: John Sturges
Cast: Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughan, Charles Bronson, James Cogurn, Eli Wallach, Horst Buchholz
You can always tell about a movie when it was made. This was the Ocean's Eleven of its day, taking some of Hollywood's biggest stars and lining them up in a rousing cowboy adventure. And the jovial, rough and tumble of the characters betrays the era.

Mostly cheesy adventure about a group of skilled misfits and gunslingers who come together to defend a helpless Mexican town against a tyrant (the idea was rehashed years later in The Three Amigos).

Light and fun, but you have to be a fan of the genre. Also endlessly remade and referenced in everything from the work of Kurosawa to cheap Roger Corman Star Wars rip-off Battle Beyond the Stars, which featured Robert Vaughan too.

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