Return of the Magnificent Seven

1966

Action / Western

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IMDb Rating 5.5 10 3,228

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Claude Akins as Sgt. Kolowicz
Robert Fuller as Citizen of Rome
Warren Oates as Bennie
Yul Brynner as Carson
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by rmahaney4 6 / 10 / 10

Poor script, good action

In some ways, it almost seems unfair to compare a sequel to the original, that we should judge it on it's own merits. However, usually the only reason we are watching a sequel is because of the original, so my review consists primarily in comparison. The most interesting thing about Return is how hard the makers tried to make it like the original. They were largely successful. Burt Kennedy's direction is good and recreates the visual feel of the original. Of course, Bernstein's score highlights the film. The story, different in particulars, is goes through essentially the same stages: armed men attack the village, the call for help, the gathering of the seven, traveling to the village, defying the villain, the first attack beaten off, a pause where we get to know the characters and their motivations better, the final attack. The only difference is that the villagers do not 'betray' their protectors, as in the Magnificent Seven. A character even sneaks into the enemy camp in much the same fashion as in the earlier movie. The real weakness of the sequel is the script. Along with the excellent acting and music, the dialogue in the first film was very well written and something of a departure from earlier westerns. It was terse, oftentimes funny, filled with meaning. In Return the delivery and the tone is the same, but the words spoken so solemnly are utterly commonplace and with no humor. Robert Fuller would have been a good replacement for McQueen, but the character is written completely differently and is far less interesting. The acting, also, is inferior to the first film. Another problem with the film is the portrayal of the peasants. They are a not characters, as in The Magnificent Seven, but a mass. This film is solely about the 7 Americans riding to the rescue to the rescue of defenseless peasants and at times seems to have a pro-intervention (pro-Vietnam?) political subtext that the in first film, which was a translation of Seven Samurai to the New World, was either absent or more subtle. All this said and out of the way, film has lots of action, a good score, and Yul Brynner, who is always fun to watch in a western whether it is The Magnificent Seven or Adios, Sabata. Fans of westerns and action films will probably find it entertaining. Familiar face Emilio Fernandez, who played Lorca, acted in over 70 films, starting in Mexico, and wrote and directed many of them. The relationship between his character, his dead sons, and Chris could have made a very compelling film. Unfortunately it was not expanded on.

Reviewed by Uriah43 7 / 10 / 10

Didn't Quite Measure Up to Its Predecessor

Several years after their heroic defense of a small Mexican village "Chris" (Yul Brynner) is told that a group of about 50 gunmen have ridden into the town and taken all of the men to an undisclosed location in the desert. Wanting to help his friend "Chico" (played by Julian Mateos) who was one of the men taken and a former member of the initial Magnificen Seven, Chris sets about recruiting men to come to assist him in his efforts to free them. Naturally, with time being an important factor, Chris begins his search for tough gunmen in the most obvious place—a Mexican prison. Sure enough, he finds a couple there and with a little luck adds a few more before setting off to find the hombres responsible. But this time they can expect nobody else to help them. Now, rather than reveal any more I will just say that, other than Yul Brynner, there were no actors of a similar stature to lend their support. In any case, while this wasn't a bad film necessarily, it didn't quite measure up to its predecessor and I have rated it accordingly. Average.

Reviewed by classicsoncall 7 / 10 / 10

"I never thought I'd come back."

There are so many iterations of 'The Magnificent Seven' that whenever one pops up on cable I have to check whether I've seen it before or not. This one turns out to be the actual sequel to the original film, but it ran as "Return of the Seven" on Encore Westerns, so that was another element of confusion. With Yul Brynner in the cast though, at least there was some connection to the earlier film. I can't say I'm surprised that Brynner didn't want Steve McQueen to appear in this follow up film. McQueen gave the star fits on the set of "The Magnificent Seven" every time he improvised some little mannerism designed to draw attention to himself at the expense of the leading man. By contrast, Robert Fuller was virtually colorless in replacing McQueen's character Vin; you almost didn't consider him to be the second in command. As for the rest, Warren Oates stood out mainly by virtue of considering himself a ladies' man, an idea I found I had to force myself to acknowledge for the sake of the story but it made me chuckle throughout. But he did prove to be a stand up guy for the heroes, he made it a point to stay strong for the mission after the village elder tried to convince Chris (Brynner) that he should give up the fight. The only other character of note here was portrayed by Claude Akins in a role not unlike the one he had in the same year's "Incident at Phantom Hill". In that one, Akins decided it was a pretty good idea to attack six Cheyenne Indians all by himself with disastrous results. Here he decided to step in front of Brynner's character when he was about to get shot by the Mexican outlaw Lorca (Emilio Fernandez). Not a good career move if this were real life.

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