Wednesday, June 22, 2011


La furia de los 7 magníficos - Spanish title
La furia de los siete magníficos - Spanish title
A revolta de sete homens - Argentinian title
A Revolta dos Sete Homens - Brazilian title
Syv mænd rider igen - Danish title
Le pistole dei magnfici 7 - Italian title
7 rohkeaa ratsastaa silâhsör - Finnish title
Les colts des sept marcenaries - French title
Die Rache der glorreichen Sieben - German title
Oi 7 yperohoi epitithentai - Greek title
Syv uovervinnelige samles igjen - Norwegian title
Kolty siedmiu wspanialych - Polish title
Colts Para os Sete Magníficos - Portuguese title
De 7 slår till - Swedish title
Guns of the Magnificent Seven - U.S.A. title

A 1968 U.S.A., Spanish co-production [Mirisch Company (Hollywood)]
Producer: Vincent M. Fennelly
Director: Paul Wendkos
Story: Herman Hoffman
Screenplay: Herman Hoffman
Cinematography: Antonio Macasoli (Antonio Hernandez) [Deluxe Color, Panavision]
Music: Elmer Bernstein
Running time: 106 minutes

Chris Adams - George Kennedy
Levi Morgan - James Whitmore
Keno - Monte Markham
Lieutenant Maximiliano ‘Max’ O’Leary - Reni Santoni
Cassie - Bernie Casey (Bernard Casey)
P.J. - Scott Thomas
Slater - Joe Don Baker
Emiliano Zapata - Tony Davis
Colonel Diego - Michael Ansara
Carlos Lobero - Frank Silvera
Tina - Wende Wagner
Miguel - Sancho Gracia (Felix Gracia)
Lieutenant Prensa - Luis Rivera
Gabriel - Jorge Rigaud (Pedro Delissetche)
Quintero - Fernando Rey (Fernando Arambillett)
Manuel - Vicente Sangiovanni
Cesar - Ramon Serrano
farmer - Charles Stalnaker

In the late 1800's Mexican Federales capture Quintero, a revolutionary who attempts to rally the many disorganized groups opposing the dictatorship of President Díaz. Before going to prison, Quintero gives his Lieutenant, Maximiliano ‘Max’ O'Leary, money with which to continue the cause. A bandit leader named Carlos Lobero demands that the money be used for guns and ammunition, but Max instead crosses the border in search of Chris Adams: a legendary, but laconic, American gunman. Max finally finds Chris, after witnessing him free a man from a rigged trial: first, using his wits; and finally, the famed artistry of his weapons.

Chris agrees to mount a rescue of Quintero and uses $500 of Max's money to recruit five highly-trained combatants: Keno, a horse thief and hand-to-hand combat expert, Cassie, a brawny but intelligent former slave, who can handle dynamite, the one-armed, sideshow sharp-shooter Slater, a tubercular wrangler called 'P. J.', and Levi Morgan, an aging family man who is doubtful of his worth, despite his incredible knife-throwing skills.

En route to Mexico, the motley band of Americans becomes less mercenary when they observe the brutal treatment of the peasants. And their journey is also marked by encounters with a political prisoner's little boy, Emiliano Zapata, and a pretty peasant girl, Tina, who falls in love with P.J.. When Lobero learns that Max did not buy guns with the $600, he refuses to allow his men to take part in Quintero's rescue. Realizing that he needs support, Chris frees a prison gang that includes Zapata's father and trains them in military tactics.

Despite their superior fighting skills and strategy, Chris's men are outnumbered and their valiant effort to free Quintero appears doomed. But, at the last moment, 50 of Lobero's bandits, having slain their leader for his lack of patriotism, thunder onto the prison grounds and turn the tide of battle. Of the original seven, only Chris, Max and Levi survive. And before riding home, Chris and Levi elect to donate all of the money they had been given to the peasants' cause.

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