The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Movie review by
Carly Kocurek, Common Sense Media
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Classic shoot-'em-up not for young viewers.
  • NR
  • 1960
  • 127 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Characters often display racist and sexist tendencies. White actors wearing make-up portray the Mexican characters.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters unite to protect the peasant town from bandits. 


Lots of fighting – with guns and without.


The characters do a lot of yelling and loud talking, but the language is clean.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink and smoke.

What 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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDr3w November 8, 2011

The Magnificent Seven prove themselves truly magnificent

This is a classic film that has so many things going for it. Great performances by a young cast that would almost all go on to have legendary careers, a rousin... Continue reading
Adult Written bykmos_99 January 18, 2016

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... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bysotoren000 June 29, 2018

A Great Western Epic

It's a fun movie for those who like classic style of Action and Adventure. About good guys vs bad guys. My favorite was Steve McQueen he was a good role.... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old March 30, 2018

Too violent for younger viewers, but based on the incredible movie 'Seven Samurai'.

Parents need to know that The Magnificent Seven is based off of Akira Kurosawa's 'Seven Samurai'. Viewers should watch Seven Samurai before they... Continue reading

What's the story?

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN tells the tale of a tiny village kept at the brink of poverty by Calvera (Eli Wallach) and his bandits. Apparently, if your Mexican peasant village is being harassed by a band of thieves, the thing to do is to enlist the help of a black hat-wearing cowboy. The villagers enlist Chris Adam (Yul Brynner) and six other gunmen to defend them. The gunmen all choose to help for different reasons, and much of the film is dedicated to characterizing the gunmen as they help the town get ready to fight back against Calvera's gang.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about race and wild west mythmaking in The Magnificent Seven. Why do the villagers need American cowboys to help save them? Is what the "magnificent seven" do in any way "noble"?

  • The use of white actors wearing make-up to portray the Mexican characters also merits some attention. Why do you think filmmakers did that? Do you find it offensive?

  • Does violence have the same impact in a movie like this as in an action movie like Live Free or Die Hard? Why or why not? Which type of movie violence do you find more affecting and/or upsetting? 

Movie details

For kids who love action

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