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the seven samurai from Kurosawa's "The Seven Samurai" [1960] movie           

history of the films

"The Seven Samurai" [1954]
sequels, etc.

"The Magnificent Seven" [1960]
sequels, etc.
2016 remake

image gallery


"How'd you like to kill thirty bandits?" — Gorobei character in "Seven Samurai"


History of The Films

           Japanese auteur director Akira Kurosawa [1910-98] co-wrote and directed the black-and-white "Seven Samurai", which was released in Japan in April 1954, with U.S. release in November 1956. The film was for a time the highest-grossing Japanese film, and raised the standards for production of Japanese cinema. The original Japanese version ran 207 minutes, while the U.K. release ran 150 minutes and the U.S. release ran 141 minutes; re-release prints in the 1990s had several scenes restored, and recent DVDs run as long as 204 minutes.

           Director John Sturges developed a Western script based closely on the plot of "Seven Samurai"; filming took place on location in Mexico, using widescreen Cinemascope cameras and color film. The U.S. release of "The Magnificent Seven" was in October 1960; the film reached Japan in May 1961. The musical score by Elmer Bernstein was nominated for an Oscar. The film was a huge hit, giving a boost to the careers of several of the main actors, and was followed by three sequels – "Return of The Seven" [1966], "Guns of The Magnificent Seven" [1969], and "The Magnificent Seven Ride" [1972] – and a two-season TV series in 1998-2000. (The 1984 Italian 'swords & sandals' remake "The Seven Magnificent Gladiators" starring Lou Ferrigno is best forgotten.)

           Hollywood's need to remake classic films and box-office hits continues: In mid-2011, The Weinstein Company announced plans for a "Seven Samurai" remake set in modern Thailand, still 'in development' in late 2015. The remake of "The Magnificent Seven" has finished filming in Lousiana and New Mexico, for planned release in September 2016.



"The  Seven  Samurai"
aka 'Shichinin no samurai'

[Toho Japan April 1954; US release Nov 1956]

film credits at Internet Movie Database
film entry at Wikipedia
Magic lantern's Akira Kurosawa [1910-98] Page

Seven Samurai   Now considered a classic movie. Poor farmers hire a samurai to defend their village from bandits. He brings along six others, who defend the village against 40 attackers in a climactic, epic battle. Co-written & directed by Akira Kurosawa; starring Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Yoshio Inaba, Minoru Chiaki, Daisuke Katô, Seiji Miyaguchi & Isao Kimura
Criterion Collection b&w Blu-ray [10/2010] 2 disks for $36.49
Criterion Collection remastered b&w DVD [9/2006] 3 disks for $36.99
Home Vision b&w DVD [3/99] out of prodn/used
Home Vision b&w VHS [7/93] 2 tapes / out of prodn/used

Seven Samurai screenplay by Akira Kurosawa  "Seven Samurai" screenplay [1970] by Akira Kurosawa
S&S pb [1970] out of print/used

"Seven Samurai" The Ultimate Film Guide" [2001]
'Noted by' Roy Stafford

York Press 8¼x6½ pb [11/2001] out of print/used

Seven Samurai critical text by Joan Mellen  "Seven Samurai" [2008] critical text by Joan Mellen
British Film Institute 7¼x5¼ pb [1/2008] for $11.21
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sequels,  etc.

"Battle Beyond The Stars" [New World Pictures Sept 1980]
Battle Beyond The Stars movie from Roger Corman  A rather faithful adaptation of "Seven Samurai", except it is on the distant planet Akir. This typical low-budget Corman feature is notable mostly for the 'watershed' nature of the film: John Sayles (script), James Cameron (SFX), James Horner (music), Gale Anne Hurd (asst. P.M.), and actor Richard Thomas all went on to bigger projects. Produced by Roger Corman; directed by Jimmy T. Murakami; script by John Sayles & Anne Dyer; starring Richard Thomas, Robert Vaughn, John Saxon, George Peppard, Darlanne Fluegel, Sybil Danning, Sam Jaffe, Jeff Corey & Morgan Woodward
New Concorde color DVD [2/2001] for $19.35
New Concorde color VHS [2/2001] for $22.79
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"A Bug's Life" [Disney/Pixar Nov 1998]
A Bug's Life animated feature from Pixar  An animated version of "Seven Samurai", with ants as farmers who want to hire defenders against the pending annual visit of grasshopper bandits, and end up with circus bugs who agree to perform as warriors. Co-written & co-directed by John Lasseter & Andrew Stanton; original music by Randy Newman; voices by Dave Foley, Kevin Spacey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Hayden Panettiere, Phyllis Diller, David Hyde Pierce, Denis Leary, Madeline Kahn, Bonnie Hunt, Roddy McDowall, Edie McClurg & Alex Rocco
Disney/Pixar widescreen color Collectors Edition DVD [5/2003] 2 disks for $18.49
Disney/Pixar widescreen color Collectors Edition DVD [11/99] 2 disks - out of prodn/used
Disney/Pixar widescreen color DVD [4/99] out of prodn/used
Disney/Pixar color VHS [4/99] out of prodn/many, many used & new
27"x41" green leaf poster from Amazon for $15.99
27"x40" ladybug poster from Amazon for $19.99
full credits at IMDbDisney's official movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia

"Samurai  7" 26-episode animated TV series [Gonzo 2004]
Samurai 7 animated TV series  The concept of an anime TV series based on Akira Kurosawa's classic 'Seven Samurai" was approved by his estate, and the animated series was first broadcast on the Animax network from June to December in 2004, followed by other markets. FUNimation produced a soundtrack dubbed in English, first broadcast on the Independent Film Channel in the U.S in 2006. The story follows the original, but is extended thru 26 episodes and set in a futuristic world where the bandits are mechanized samurai robots. Directed by Toshifumi Takizawa
Complete Series: FUNimation/Viridian widescreen color DVD set [7/2008] 7 disks for $25.99
Complete Series: FUNimation/Viridian widescreen color Blu-ray set [2/2009] 3 disks for $59.49
full credits at IMDbofficial website (in Japanese)series entry at Wikipedia
Samurai 7 manga books in English  
"Samurai 7" manga books [2009] by Mizutaka Suhou
Volume 1: RH/Del Rey 7½x5 pb [3/2009] for $9.34
Volume 2: RH/Del Rey 7½x5 pb [6/2009] for $8.79

"Seven Samurai" remake [Weinstein Company - in development]  
Announced May 2011: British director Scott Mann will direct the $60 million project developed by
writer John Fusco; the setting is the mountains of modern Thailand • latest info at IMDb


seven horsemen from John Sturges's "The Magnificent Seven" [1960] movie

"The  Magnificent  Seven"
[Mirisch/United Artists Oct 1960]

film credits at Internet Movie Database
film entry at Wikipedia
M.G.M. official movie site

The Magnificent Seven movie directed by John Sturges  One of the classic Western movies. Poor farmers in Mexico hire an American gunman to defend their village from bandits. He brings along six others, who defend the village against 40 attackers in a climactic, epic shootout. Co-produced & directed by John Sturges; music by Elmer Bernstein; starring Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, James Coburn, Horst Buchholz, Brad Dexter & Whit Bissell; Oscar nomination for Best Music Score
M.G.M. Special Edition widescreen color DVD [5/2001] for $12.99
M.G.M. widescreen color VHS [4/97] out of prodn/used
M.G.M. color VHS [4/92] out of prodn/many used

The Magnificent Seven soundtrack albums  "The Magnificent Seven" soundtrack albums
Oscar nomination for Best Original Score (Elmer Bernstein)
Varese Sarabande soundtrack CD [3/2004] 24 tracks for $13.99
Pioneer import soundtrack CD [1/2005] 24 tracks for $37.49
Rykodisc 'enhanced original soundtrack album' CD [9/98] 23 tracks - out of prodn/used
The Magnificent Seven Collection DVD box set  "The Magnificent Seven Collection" DVD Box Set [2008]
M.G.M. color DVD [5/2008] 4 disks for $26.99
the four feature films "The Magnificent Seven" [1960], "The Return of The Seven'
[1966], "Guns of The Magnificent Seven" [1969], and "The Magnificent Seven Ride!"
[1972]; extras include photo gallery, posters gallery, trailers, commentary, and the
documentary "Guns For Hire: The Making of The Magnificent Seven" [2000]
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sequels,  etc.

"Return of The Seven" [Mirisch/United Artists Oct 1966]
Return of The Magnificent Seven movie directed by Burt Kennedy  Filmed in and near Madrid, Spain (because Mexican authorities were still mad from the first movie crew.) When a Mexican bandit leader captures the men of three villages, including Chico, for labor to build a church, Chico's wife seeks out Chris & Vin, who recruit four others to rescue their former pard.
Directed by Burt Kennedy; written by Larry Cohen; music by Elmer Bernstein; starring Yul Brynner, Emilio Fernández, Robert Fuller, Julián Mateos, Warren Oates, Claude Akins, Elisa Montés, Warren Oates, Claude Akins, Jordan Christopher & Fernando Rey; Oscar nomination for Best Music Score
M.G.M. widescreen color DVD [4/2002] for $13.49
M.G.M. color VHS [9/98] out of prodn/many used
Rykodisc soundtrack CD [2/98] 16 tracks - out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDbfilm entry at Wikipedia

"Guns of The Magnificent Seven" [Mirisch/United Artists July 1969]
Guns of The Magnificent Seven movie directed by Paul Wendkos  All-new cast; filmed in Spain. The seven gunmen 'reunite' to rescue a Mexican revolutionary leader. Directed by Paul Wendkos; written by Herman Hoffman; music by Elmer Bernstein; starring George Kennedy, Monte Markham, Bernie Casey, James Whitmore, Reni Santoni, Joe Don Baker, Scott Thomas, Fernando Rey & Michael Ansara
M.G.M. widescreen color DVD [5/2004] out of prodn/used
M.G.M. color VHS [5/2000] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDbfilm entry at Wikipedia

"The Magnificent Seven Ride" [Mirisch/United Artists Aug 1972]
The Magnificent Seven Ride movie starring Lee Van Cleef  Filmed in the California desert. Chris, now a marshal and married, declines to help a friend trying to stop a gang of Mexican outlaws; when the gang robs the bank and kidnaps Chris's wife and kills his friend, he takes up the cause, getting help from convicts at the Territorial Prison. Directed by George McCowan; written by Arthur Rowe; starring Lee Van Cleef, Stephanie Powers, Michael Callan, Luke Askew, Gary Busey, Ralph Waite, Mariette Hartley, James Sikking, Ed Lauter, Pedro Armendariz Jr. & William Lucking
M.G.M. widescreen color DVD [5/2004] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDbfilm entry at Wikipedia

"The Magnificent Seven" TV series [CBS-TV 1998-2000]
The Magnificent Seven TV series   23 hour-long episodes based in a vulnerable town in Arizona Territory.
Starring Michael Biehn, Eric Close, Andrew Kavovit, Dale Midkiff, Ron
Perlman, Anthony Starke, Rick Worthy, Laurie Holden & Robert Vaughn
Complete Series: M.G.M. color DVD set [5/2008] 5 disks for $39.99
series credits from IMDbseries entry at Wikipedia

"Guns For Hire: The Making of The Magnificent Seven" documentary [Channel 4 TV May 2000]
60-minute documentary directed by Louis Heaton; featuring John A. Alonzo, Elmer Bernstein, Horst Buchholz, John Carpenter, James Coburn, Brad Dexter,
Walter Mirisch, Robert E. Relyea, Robert Vaughn & Eli Wallach, with archive footage of Yul Brynner, Akira Kurosawa & Steve McQueen
available as part of the 4-disk box set (above); credits from IMDb

Into the Beautiful North novel by Luis Alberto Urrea  "Into The Beautiful North: A Novel" [2009] by Luis Alberto Urrea
A young girl in a Mexican coastal village realizes that all the men have gone north to work in the USA, leaving the town at the mercy of drug lords and bandits. Inspired by "The Magnificent Seven", she and two friends head north to find seven Mexican men, to bring them back to defend the village.
Kindle Edition from Hachette Book Group [5/2009] for $9.99
Back Bay Books 8¼x5½ pb [6/2010] for $10.98
Little, Brown & Co. 9½x6¼ hardcover [5/2009] for $16.57

"The Magnificent Seven" remake [M.G.M./Sony Sept 2016?]  
Announced 6/2012: Tom Cruise & Matt Damon on board, with Morgan Freeman said to be in contention for the role of the film’s villain Calvera (portrayed by Eli Wallach in the 1960 original). Filming began in New Mexico 8/2015 (after filming in Baton Rouge, Louisiana): directed by Antoine Fuqua; screenplay by John Lee Hancock & Nic Pizzolatto, based on prior screenplays; music by James Horner [1953-2015]; starring Denzel Washington (first Western), Chris Pratt (first Western), Cam Gigandet, Matt Bomer, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee (first Western) as The Seven, with Peter Sarsgaard as the villain; also starring William Lee Scott, Kevin Wayne, Dylan Kenin, Griff Furst, Jonathan Joss, Clint James, Ritchie Montgomery, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Mike Gassaway, Alix Angelis, Thomas Blake Jr., David Kallaway, Billy Slaughter, David Manzanares, Jackson Beals, Frank Powers, Cedric D. Jones, Emil Beheshti, Jody Mullins, Vinnie Jones, Dylan Langlois & Heath Lemme
latest info at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch 4/2016 official trailer [2:23] online at YouTube

7/2016 publicity graphic of the 'Magnificent Seven' actors          early publicity photo of the 'Magnificent Seven' 2016 actors



Image  Gallery

poster for Academy Cinema Two in Britain's showing of 'Seven Samurai'
blue poster for showing of
"Seven Samurai" at
Academy Cinema Two in Britain

11"x17" poster
no longer available
from Amazon
'Magnificent Seven' riders b&w art print poster
"Magnificent Seven" [1960]
riders b&w art print poster

24"x32" art poster
from Amazon
'Magnificent Seven' riders color art print poster by Renato Casaro
"Magnificent Seven" [1960]
riders color art print poster

24"x39" poster
from Amazon

'Guns of The Magnificent Seven' [1969] half-sheet poster
"Guns of The Magnificent Seven" [1969] half-sheet poster
22"x28" half-sheet poster
no longer available
from Amazon
'Magnificent Seven' riders color poster
"Magnificent Seven" [1960]
riders color poster

retail source not found
'Magnificent Seven' color sunset poster
'Magnificent Seven' [1960]
sunset poster

30"x40" poster from Amazon
another 30"x40" poster from Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Magnificent-Seven-POSTER-Movie-Inches/dp/B00KK6OQGS/
http://www.amazon.com/Magnificent-Seven-POSTER-Movie-Inches/dp/B00KK6CW28/
http://www.amazon.com/Pop-Culture-Graphics-Magnificent-Seven/dp/B001YZFPGE/


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