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The Magnificent Seven (1960)

By Carly Kocurek, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Classic shoot-'em-up not for young viewers.

Movie NR 1960 127 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 13+

Not sure if it's magnificent, but it is entertaining.

This film condenses the elaborate character work that Kurosawa's Seven Samurai works so hard to establish. The Magnificent Seven adapts it to a Western and it works tonally and narrative wise. Whatever does not work is because some portrayals have not aged well. Bronson, Brenner and McQueen w\all work overtime to make the most of their screen time and it is quite evident. The distance between this film and The Three Amigos feels quite short.
age 9+

OK for kids 9+

The first action in this movie is people taking a stand against racism against native Americans. There's plenty to learn about loyalty, honor, love, family and true/false perceptions of bravery vs cowardice. The script is surprisingly nuanced for a 'simple' story. People get shot, but there's almost no blood and (spoiler alert) the characters that kids most identify with make it through OK, so its not too intense. Great 'gateway' action move for kids.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
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This particularly good example of the Western genre is based on an earlier Japanese film, Akira Kurosawa's 1954 masterpiece Seven Samurai. The Magnificent Seven is steeped in elements of the Western genre, from the pistols to the saloons to the good guy/bad guy plot. The cast does well, and Yul Brynner is especially charismatic on-screen. The film has not aged particularly well, though, and the pacing will feel slow to viewers not used to films of the period.

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