The Magnificent Seven

Austin Chronicle

DIRECTED BY: John Sturges

REVIEWED: 07-27-98

With this adaptation of Booth Tarkington's novel about the unraveling of an upper-class family at the turn of the century, Orson Welles - oh wait, oops! That's The Magnificent Ambersons. Yul Brenner, Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Charles Bronson, and three other people that have escaped into relative obscurity fill out the title duties in this early Sixties action-o-rama flick. The seven American outlaws are recruited to rescue a Mexican village that is constantly being pillaged by local bandits. The Magnificent Seven eventually sign up, but in true testosterone form, do the job for love (of guns) and not the money. Like any Western it's a total guy film. If you bring a date along expect to spend a night paying for it by having to sit through a Tori Amos concert.

--Michael Bertin

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