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1954's Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai)

Each character delineated regarding personality, motivation and weapon specialty.

Chris (Yul Brynner), leader of the 7.

Calvera (Eli Wallach), Mexican bandit leader.

Vin (Steve McQueen), restless for action.

Chico (Horst Buchholz), novice gunfighter.

O'Reilly (Charles Bronson), half-Native American sympathetic to villager's plight.

Lee (Robert Vaughn), looking for escape.

Harry Luck (Brad Dexter), looking for riches.

Britt (James Coburn), looking for opportunity to test his skills.

Transitional time for Western gunmen as West becomes settled and law and order take over.

Traditional Western's moral code no longer serves lawless, hired guns as they struggle for survival; choice of alternatives.

Ambivalent social commitment of 'heroes.'

Demythologizing Western genre; the hero as anti-hero.

1. Diverse personalities form a unit.

Notable musical score by Elmer Berstein.

Popular, successful well-received movie.

First major film for actors who became stars.

Generated two sequels and TV series.

Considered prototype for violent 'spaghetti Westerns.'

A well-made Western with more than usual character development, but not as good as others of its genre, including The Wild Bunch, Shane, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and not close to the greatness of its progenitor, The Seven Samurai.


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