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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Characters often display racist and sexist tendencies. White actors wearing make-up portray the Mexican characters.
Positive Role Models
The characters unite to protect the peasant town from bandits.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of fighting – with guns and without.
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The characters do a lot of yelling and loud talking, but the language is clean.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink and smoke.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Magnificent Seven is a classic Western filled with gun violence. Characters drink, smoke, get in fights, shoot at one another, and often display racist and sexist tendencies. It is based on a Japanese film from 1954 called Seven Samurai and was itself remade in 2016's The Magnificent Seven. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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