Chandler’s Trailers: “Guns of the Magnificent Seven” (1969)


0000guns1      It begins with the unmistakeable fanfare of  a burst from the Elmer Bernstein theme music, and there the problems begin in a film which relies entirely on the goodwill generated from a different film and continuously reminds you of that earlier effort by inserting memorable musical cues from the 1960 original over new scenes which only make one nostalgic for those better moments and actors. This is the third go around for the central character of hired gun cum mercenary Chris, originated in John Sturges’ “The Magnificent Seven” and continued in “Return of the Seven”, in which the character-  now played by George Kennedy  -leads a new incarnation of the traditional band of seven. The Paul Wendko’s western “Guns of the Magnificent Seven”, is a film which, in accordance with the proliferation of both American financed, Spanish lensed adventures and the continued popularity of the Italian spaghetti western, is mostly set in and concerns the Mexican peasantry against the unjust forces of repressive militarism: the ever-popular Zapata film which joins both American efforts as “100 Rifles” and “El Condor” and Italian efforts Sergio Corbuicci’s “The Mercenary” and, more pointedly, his 1970 “Companeros”, to which Wendkos’ film seems to have given major inspiration.
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I've been a puppet, a pirate, a pauper, a poet, a pawn and a king, not necessarily in that order. My first major movie memory was being at the drive-in at about 1 1/2 yrs. old seeing "Sayonara" so I suppose an interest in film was inevitable. (For those scoring at home- good for you- I wasn't driving that evening, so no need to alert authorities.)Writer, critic and confessed spoiler of women, as I have a tendency to forget to put them back in the refrigerator. My apologies.
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1 Response to Chandler’s Trailers: “Guns of the Magnificent Seven” (1969)

  1. beetleypete says:

    I was never a fan of this type of western, and the example shown here was truly trawling deep for viewers, by embarrassingly hanging onto the coat-tails of earlier successes. You have more or less published the review that I would have written, so no arguments here.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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