Film / The Magnificent Seven (2016)

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A 2016 American western action film directed by Antoine Fuqua, and written by Nic Pizzolatto and Richard Wenk. It is a remake of the 1960 classic The Magnificent Seven (itself a Foreign Remake of Seven Samurai).

In 1879 the evil mining baron Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard) terrorizes the town of Rose Creek, as he wants to drive everyone from their lands so he can have the whole valley for his gold mine. After Bogue murders six innocent townsfolk while delivering an ultimatum, including Matthew Cullen, his widow Emma (Haley Bennett) seeks the aid of a group of rogues and outlaws to help the people of Rose Creek fight against Bogue.

The peculiar team Emma assembles consists of:

Together the seven outlaws will lead the people of Rose Creek into an epic confrontation against Bogue and his goons.

This film contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: Emma is the best shooter in Rose Creek, being almost on par with the Seven.
  • Aerith and Bob: Men named Joshua and Vasquez share the movie with someone named Goodnight.
  • The Alcoholic: Being the Old West, everyone drinks. However, Faraday's day drinking is more than a little heavy.
  • Alliterative Name: Bartholomew Bogue.
  • Anachronism Stew: Josh Faraday refers to the Civil War as The War of Northern Aggression, a term that wouldn't come into use until the 1950's.
  • An Axe to Grind: Jack Horne is quite effective with a hatchet.
  • Annoying Arrows: Averted. Red Harvest takes down multiple enemies with a single arrow apiece, and whilst it does take three to kill Jack Horne, each one clearly hurts.
  • Anti-Hero: All the Seven are pretty ruthless people (and some of them are somewhat racist), but they're on the track to do some good.
  • Anyone Can Die: By the end of the movie, only three of the Seven are still alive, just as it was in the original film. Most of the townsfolk and all of Bogue’s men are also dead.
  • Arc Words: "So far, so good.", which references a joke Faraday tells about a man who falls down a building and every floor he passes by hears him scream "So far, so good!". Which ends up quite analogous to the Seven heading to their quite possible death in the battle against Bogue. This joke originates from the original film as one of Vin's quips.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Billy and Chisolm refer to Goodnight as "Goody" when talking to him.
  • Affirmative Action Girl: The original film was almost entirely male-centered, with Chico's love interest Petra as the only woman with a proper speaking part. This remake has the character that assembles the Seven be female and includes a few minor female supporting characters. Emma is also the one that kills Bogue.
  • Awesome McCoolname: Joshua Faraday, Billy Rocks, Jack Horne are only a sample of the several cool-souding names in the film.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Faraday and Vasquez briefly do this during the first shootout.
  • Badass Beard: Jack Horne has a very respectable, scraggly mane of hair. Faraday, Goodnight and Vasquez have decent ones as well.
  • Badass Crew: The posse that Chisolm assembles to help Emma is composed by people who individually qualify for One-Man Army status. Each of them is responsible for at least a dozen deaths during the film:
    • Chisolm: 32
    • Faraday: 43
    • Goodnight: 16
    • Horne: 31
    • Billy Rocks: 39
    • Vasquez: 13
    • Red Harvest: 13
  • Badass Grandpa: Sam Chisolm and Jack Horne's actors (Denzel Washington and Vincent D'Onofrio) are in their fifties and sixties respectively.
  • Badass Mustache: Chisolm and Billy Rocks.
  • Bad Boss: Bogue doesn’t give a single damn about the well-being of his employees. He treats the workers at his mine little better than slaves and opens fire on the town with the Gatling gun while his goons are still in it. He also guns down a loyal man for delivering a message he doesn't like.
  • Bait-and-Switch Gunshot: As Chisolm is strangling Bogue, the latter pulls out a derringer and appears to fire it, but in fact was actually shot by Emma.
  • Bandito: Vasquez is a Mexican criminal on the run.
  • Bash Brothers: Rocks and Robicheaux are such close friends, it's practically a bromance.
  • Batman Gambit: Chisholm's own tactics count primarily on Bogue's hubris, and he says this to everyone explicitly.
    • While setting up the defenses for the town, the Seven anticipate what the attackers will do and design their plan accordingly, assuming they won't do anything but charge in guns blazing. It works perfectly. Only Bogue's Gatling gun gives his force a chance of victory, and even then he'd have been down to less than a dozen survivors.
  • Beard of Evil: All of the bad guys are unshaven, except for Denali.
  • Berserk Button: Faraday is usually one of the most easygoing people you will ever meet. Unless you touch his guns. Then he will end you.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Faraday is a jokester, often quite silly, and generally comes across as an easygoing sort of fellow...but when he's driven to kill, he can get downright cruel. He's very merciless and very fast on the trigger, and frequently uses card tricks and misdirection to throw people off guard.
  • Big Bad: Bartholomew Bogue is not only the main antagonist but spends every single second he is on screen kicking puppies.
  • Big Badass Battle Sequence: The entire final act is dedicated to the final showdown with Bogue's forces.
  • Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: Jack Horne is the first of the Seven to die, shot with several arrows by Denali.
  • Bilingual Bonus: A large portion of what Vasquez says is in Spanish, with very little of it subtitled. Most of it's swearing.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The town is saved and Bogue and all his men are dead. But four of the Seven are dead, along with a significant portion of the townsfolk. And the town is in ruins. Hopefully they’ll help themselves to Bogue’s gold in order to repair it.
  • Black and Gray Morality: To quote Emma, "I seek righteousness as all people should, but I'll take revenge." The Seven are all unsavoury characters with fairly ruthless natures, but despite that, this Lovable Rogue crew is much more heroic than the murderous and tyrannical Bartholomew Bogue.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Averted. In fact, the three survivors are an African-American, a Native American and a Mexican, whilst all three of the white dudes end up dead.
  • Blasting It out of Their Hands: Chisolm does this to a bad guy in the climax. Unlike most examples, it is explicitly framed as a sadistic gesture to savour his fear rather than a heroic "no kill" one.
  • Bling-Bling-BANG!: Chisolm uses a nickel-plated Colt Single Action Army revolver with a 5.5 inch barrel, known as the "Artillery" model. Vasquez wields two.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Subverted with Jack Horne. He's a bear of a man with a few screws loose and a propensity for violence to match. So you might expect him to be a thunderous, cackling madman. Instead, he's actually very soft spoken.
  • Book Ends: Bogue's first and last scenes in the film are in Rose Creek's church, in fact, he dies on very nearly the same spot where he made his Blasphemous Boast in the beginning.
  • Boom, Headshot: Goodnight, being a sharpshooter/sniper. Faraday started to think he was a fraud due to him panicking and not firing his gun, after being insisted on that he shows the townsfolk how to shoot, Goodnight blasts the dummy's head clean off. Considering that the dummy's neck was a fairly sturdy chunk of wood, that's even more impressive, because it took half a dozen shots to do it.
  • Boom Town: The central conflict is Bogue wanting to wipe out Rose Creek from the map for its gold.
  • Bounty Hunter: Horne is a former bounty hunter of Indian rewards and Chisolm is a working one.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Even after being told his name and the place where he wronged him, Bogue still can't recall why Chisolm might have a personal vendetta against him.
  • Butt-Monkey: The owner of Rose Creek's sole saloon gets no respect from absolutely nobody... on both sides.
  • Brick Joke: Several scenes after Faraday jokes about having a Mexican Standoff with no Mexicans, he meets Vasquez, and remarks thus:
    "Oh, we found a Mexican."
  • Card Sharp: Faraday is remarkably skilled at handling cards, a skill that also translates into magic tricks.
  • Category Traitor: Red Harvest takes an instant and virulent loathing towards Mr. Denali because he considers him a traitor to his own people. The fact that on top of being Bogue's right hand man, he also wears a US Cavalry uniform might account for this.
  • The Centerpiece Spectacular: The gunfight between the Seven and the Blackstone Detectives, retaking the town away from Bogue's men.
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: Goodnight, unable to bring himself to partake in the fight due to his shell shock, leaves the night before. However, he comes charging back in, guns blazing, during the big shootout, and warning them of the Gatling gun.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Faraday offers to teach one of the settlers about gunfighting, starting with having him grab the playing card from Faraday's hand. After several failed attempts, Faraday draws his gun on the settler, telling him the point of the lesson: It was never about the cards. Many of their tactics in the final battle involve misdirection and luring their enemies into traps, and Faraday tricks the bad guys at the Gatling gun into letting him light off a stick of dynamite by making a show of trying to light his last cigar, his deck of cards prominently shown immediately beforehand.
  • Christianity Is Catholic: There are more Catholic overtones to the movie than one might expect given the setting.
    • Bogue prays in Latin (badly) when crawling into the church to try and get away from Chisolm
    • Vasquez crosses himself upon entering the church earlier, but he is Mexican, and Mexico by 1879 would have been predominantly Catholic.
    • On the other hand, Faraday describes himself as a Baptist.
    • The denomination of the town is never brought up, but while the church appears to be generic Protestant, the clergyman is noticeably Irish. However, there were Irish Protestants in the United States in 1879.
  • Cigar-Fuse Lighting: Faraday does this with a stick of dynamite just before he blows up the Gatling gun, and himself.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Jack Horne is a powerfully-built bear of a man who speaks mostly in Bible verses and turns down the group's offer to join up, only to trail them afterwards. It's implied he has a few screws loose due to having lost his family in the past.
  • Co-Dragons: Bartholomew Bogue has McCann and Denali as his main enforcers.Both are killed early in the Final Battle.
  • Composite Character:
    • Vasquez is a Composite Character Expy of O'Reilly and Harry Luck. He has Harry's boisterous personality and shady exterior, and a Deleted Scene shows him giving to a kid Bernardo's lecture about how a father is braver than a gunfighter.
    • Robicheaux is mostly based on Lee, but he has elements of Harry Luck, too, in that he's Only in It for the Money.
  • Cool Guns: Several, it's a western after all. Chisolm in particular has a chrome revolver that gets a lot of attention, and Faraday has named and is highly protective of his.
  • Conveniently Timed Attack from Behind: Combined with a Bait-and-Switch Gunshot. While Chisholm is monologuing and prolonging Bogue's strangulation, Bogue is busily fishing a derringer out of his boot with which to shoot Chisholm. Emma shows up just in time to shoot Bogue before Bogue can shoot Chisholm. Played with in that Emma comes up behind Chisholm and not Bogue in order to deliver the fatal shot.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Bartholomew Bogue is the 'Robber Baron' version. Faraday even refers to him as 'Robber Baron' Bogue.
  • Critical Research Failure: In what may be an In-Universe example, Bogue claims that he made his fortune himself instead of having it handed to him like Rockefeller or Vanderbilt. However, both John D. Rockefeller and Cornelius Vanderbilt were born into poverty and built their massive fortunes themselves. This could just be another example of how Bogue is a lying Dirty Coward.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Any fight involving the Seven (individually or as a group) where they're not massively outnumbered will end with their opposition utterly destroyed with very little effort.
    • Red Harvest vs. Denali. Denali is set up as Bogue's dragon and Red Harvest's Evil Counterpart, Red Harvest intervenes with Denali coming after Emma, and you think you're going to get a long battle of the two Badass Native warriors going at it. Nope. Denali gets all of two good moves in before Red Harvest pokes him full of holes, snaps off a Pre-Mortem One-Liner, and kicks him down a balcony to his doom. The entire thing lasts maybe sixty seconds, if that.
    • The final battle threatens to turn into one once Bogue's men open up with a Gatling gun. The gun is eventually destroyed... at a cost.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The Seven might all behave with unflinching heroism during the events of the movie, but most of them have some dark stuff in their past.
    • Chisholm was a USCT in the Civil War and became a bounty hunter after witnessing his mother and sisters get raped and murdered by ex-Rebel mercenaries working for Bogue.
    • Jack Horne used to hunt and kill Indians for the government bounty. He also had a wife and children. It's hinted but never stated that he lost the latter in a way that motivated him to take up the former.
    • Vasquez is wanted for the murder of a Texas Ranger. No details are given, other than Vasquez suggesting that maybe he had it coming.
    • Goodnight is a former Confederate sharpshooter suffering from Survivor's Guilt and Post-Traumatic Stress. He mostly tries to use his reputation to avoid conflict, believing that he will die if he pulls a trigger in violence again.
    • Billy Rocks is a Korean immigrant (at a time when few people outside of east Asia had even heard of Korea) who is highly skilled at every form of violence known to man. He's such a badass because there's simply no other way he could have survived this long.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Chisolm wears all black and is The Leader of the Seven.
  • Decoy Protagonist: You could easily assume that Matt Bomer's character was going to be a major one since he is the most courageous and handsome of the men focused on in the meeting in the opening. Then he gets gunned down by Bogue before the opening credits even start. It's his wife who is a major character.
  • Determinator: Faraday and Horne in their dying moments of awesome.
  • Determined Homesteader: Most of the people in Rose Creek valley are willing to do anything to protect their land and homes. They just lack the training and skill.
  • Determined Homesteader's Wife: Emma Cullen starts off as this before graduating to Determined Widow in the opening scene of the movie.
  • Dirty Cop: Rose Creek’s sheriff is completely in Bogue’s pocket, though it's implied he's not exactly happy with the situation. The villain's main goons are also corrupt private detectives.
  • Dirty Coward:
    • Bartholomew Bogue is ultimately a sniveling coward who'd do anything to survive.
    • Rose Creek's corrupt sheriff hides under a porch while all the rest of Bogue's men are getting killed, and scurries away to break the news to Bogue afterward. He gets shot dead by Bogue for his trouble.
    • Bogue's right-hand man McCann counts too. During the first shootout, he is seen running for cover while his men are slaughtered by the Seven.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Emma is one of Rikichi from Seven Samurai. Both actively seek out the heroes needed to protect their towns, and both Took a Level in Badass over the course of the film after the deaths of their respective spouses.
  • The Dreaded:
    • Bogue's reputation is widespread. Chisolm himself, if not exactly dreaded by most, is looked upon with fear by several townsfolk who know that violence won't be long in coming.
    • Robicheaux is a textbook example. Billy wins both of them a bet and one of the losers refuses to pay, somebody points out that this is Goodnight Robicheaux, he becomes terrified, apologizes and when Robicheaux tells him to pay double, he does so with no reluctance.
  • The Drifter: Faraday and Chisolm are the wandering gunmen, one because he's a trickster, the other's a bounty hunter.
  • Ear Ache: Faraday shoots off Earl's ear to teach him a lesson.
  • Establishing Character Moment: All of the Seven get one.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: One of Bogue's men is hesitant about using the Gatling gun because Bogue's men are still in the town.
  • Expy:
    • Billy Rocks is based on Britt from the original film (who himself is an Expy of Kyuzo).
    • Faraday is one of Vin from the original film, with his tendency to wisecrack and eye for prettiness. He even tells Vin's "So far, so good" parable.
    • Red Harvest has some similarities to Chico, in that he's a loner who feels isolated from his past home and pursues the Seven before being allowed to join them. He's also apparently the youngest of the team.
    • Chisolm, whose counterparts are Chris and Kambei, is likely based off of real-life lawman Bass Reeves, right down to the Badass Mustache.
    • Horne, a pious Mountain Man, has some similarities to Orrin Porter Rockwell.
      • Or, more likely, he's based off Josiah Sanchez, the eccentric preacher from the short-lived Magnificent Seven TV series.
  • Face Death with Dignity: All of the Seven who fall in battle face their ends with dignity. Horne dies in a Obi-Wan Moment of tranquility, Faraday grins triumphant with dynamite in hand as he saves his friends via a Heroic Sacrifice, Billy and Goodnight help Faraday even under Gatling gun fire, sharing one last back-and-forth. Guess who doesn't face the prospect of his possible death with dignity?
  • Famous Last Words:
    • "We are giants put on this Earth to rid it of evil and to keep all that is good!" Jack Horne
    • "I got him!" Goodnight Robichaux
    • "Oh, Goody." Billy Rocks
    • "I've always been lucky with one-eyed jacks." Joshua Faraday
  • Fiery Redhead: Emma has a mane of bright red hair and spends the bulk of the movie barely being able to contain her anger at the death of her husband.
  • Final Battle: The Seven and the citizens of Rose Creek vs. Bogue and his men.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Billy wears them all the time, even when eating dinner. The knuckles are padded and they almost look like modern compression gloves.
  • Five-Token Band: In addition to three Caucasian members (one of whom claims to be Irish, which was transitioning from being considered a separate race at the time), the Seven includes an Asian, a Hispanic, an African-American, and a Native-American.
  • For Doom the Bell Tolls: A deep chime rings out when Goodnight and Billy are mowed down by the Gatling gun, followed by a low One-Woman Wail as Billy lies mortally wounded in the belfry.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • There are several clues early in the film that suggest a personal connection between Chisolm and Bogue. Chisolm initially is not interested in Rose Creek's plight until he hears Bogue is involved. In addition, Robicheaux notes that Cullen apparently reminds Chisolm of his sister and warns him about getting hung up on his past, suggesting something had happened to Chisolm's family.
    • Faraday's use of sleight of hand to distract the two outlaw brothers so they won't notice him going for his holdout revolver is echoed by him using a similar trick to smuggle in a stick of dynamite to blow up Bogue's Gatling gun after being fatally wounded himself near the end.
    • A townswoman who fixes Horne's jacket boasts "That stitching will outlast you." It's true, since he dies.
  • Gatling Good: The bad guys get a Gatling gun for the climax. In a very unusual move, it is actually utilized as its designer intended (and how the Union Army did it) as an emplaced long-range weapon traversing only a few degrees to sweep a wide area several hundred yards away with sustained fire, and the effect is devastating. See Oh, Crap! below.
  • Genre Throwback: It is a remake of a western after all. But reviews have observed how it makes a point to be as unabashedly "old school western" as possible: The Gun Twirling, the lonesome rider introduced enigmatically walking into town, the several, drawn-out Mexican standoffs, the larger than life villains and heroes, etc.
  • A Good Way to Die: When Chisolm tells them, the night before the big showdown, that they likely ride to their deaths and thus are free to leave if they so desire, Horne takes a moment to say how there's no other place that he'd like to die than facing such fearful odds alongside men he respects so deeply. The others silently nod and agree with his words. This later is proven when during his death, Horne becomes very calm and tranquil, almost happy that he could die in such a heroic manner.
  • Go Out with a Smile:
    • One of the Seven goes out this way. To be specific, Faraday dies giving one last Grin of Audacity before blowing up the Gatling gun.
    • Jack Horne also seems quite at peace when he dies.
  • Guns Akimbo: Vasquez wields twin revolvers in every shoot-out. Faraday also carries two revolvers, but doesn't usually use them both at once, instead more likely carrying two so that he can pull off a quick-draw with either hand at any time. He also has a backup revolver he stores in the back of his pants. Billy also wields two revolvers, though like Faraday not at once.
  • Gun Twirling: Everyone twirls their guns. The most memorable case might be Vasquez, who at one point twirls both of his revolvers for several seconds before putting them back in their holsters.
  • The Gunslinger: Six of the Seven are shown to be incredibly skilled gunmen,
    • The Quick Draw - Chisolm who can outdraw four men at once, Faraday who is skilled at the surprise draw, and Billy who can pull this off with knives as well as his revolver. Billy takes it Up to Eleven in his introductory scene when he wins a Quick Draw contest to the death with a hairpin tangled in his hair.
    • Friendly Sniper - Goodnight, a legendary sharpshooter. While it takes a while for him to break through his PTSD, once he does - he doesn't miss.
    • Cold Sniper (of the Archer variety) - Red Harvest, though he does carry a gun on him, his bow is his primary weapon.
    • On the other hand, while Jack Horne has a gun, most of his kills are racked up with a tomahawk which he usually goes in close for - though he can throw it with lethal accuracy if he chooses to.
  • Hard Work Montage: When the Seven and the townsfolk are shown preparing Rose Creek for the arrival of Bogue's army.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Faraday gives up his life in a suicide ride to blow up the Gatling gun with a stick of dynamite. Horne also dies trying to reach The Dragon, likely in a (successful) attempt to steer his attention from the wounded soldier behind him. Billy and Goodnight die providing cover fire so Faraday can destroy the gatling gun.
  • Hearing Voices: it's implied that this happens to Goodnight due to his PTSD.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Billy and Goodnight are extremely close friends
    • Billy Is also very sympathetic to Goodnight, (who due to his PTSD is often unable to function) by lying that Goodnight's rifle was jammed rather than him just being too shell shocked to shoot it, offering him his cigarette when he's clearly on edge, reassuring him that his hallucinations "just dreams" and that nothing had followed him.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In one of the most literal examples of this trope, the stockpiles of dynamite from Bogue's own mine are used to great effect to decimate his forces.
  • Hollywood Tactics: The final battle is a perfect example of just how effective these tactics would be against an opponent who uses actual tactics.
    • On the attackers side, Bogue's goons ride straight towards the town in a mad charge without bothering to check what possible countermeasures might be in place, all the while Bogue makes no attempt to use the Gatling gun he brought along until after most of his men had gotten either slaughtered... or pinned down in the line of fire.
    • The defenders on the other hand employ every single force multiplier available to them: using skirmishers, a variety of traps and obstacles, fighting trenches, sharpshooters in elevated positions, and exploiting the terrain (and the poorly-thought-out tactics of Bogue's hired guns) to lure his men into a series of ambushes.
    • That said, Goodnight and Billy meet their end because they made the critical error of sniping from a very obvious location with limited cover, despite the fact that the film made a show of them discussing the pros and cons of various locations ahead of time.
  • Horseback Heroism: Chisolm and Faraday are fond of showing off their Improbable Aiming Skills while riding (such as accurately fanning a revolver from horseback), and make heroic charges at different points in the film.
  • Hypocrite: Bogue. At the start of the film, he makes a Blasphemous Boast before setting fire to the church. At the film's climax, he seeks refuge in the burnt out hulk of the church, praying for mercy and appealing to Chisolm's religious side. All this earns him is a moment's respite as Chisolm removes his hat in respect before marching into the church after him.
  • I Call Her "Vera": Faraday's revolvers are named Ethel His Wife and Maria Ethel doesn't know about her. Do NOT touch his ladies.
  • Impaled Palm: When Denali shoots Jack Horne, the last arrow goes through his hand.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: During the first shootout, Billy kills one of Bogue's men by stabbing through him and into the post behind him.
  • Implacable Man: Horne is unstoppable. Even off-screen he survives being smashed with a rock and thrown off a cliff. It takes about seven arrows, three of them directly to the chest, to put him down.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: If one of the Seven shoots at something (with guns, arrows, knives or tomahawks) they will hit it, no matter how improbable the odds.
  • Informed Attribute: Vasquez is introduced as a dangerous wanted criminal with a large US$ 500 bounty on his headnote . Yet during the whole course of the movie he always behaves as unflinchingly heroically as the rest of the Seven. He does claim that his victim had it coming, so maybe the deck was just stacked against him, but still.
  • Insistent Terminology: Sam Chisolm would have you know that he is a duly sworn warrant officer, not a bounty hunter - primarily meaning that he is sent to track specific men for specific crimes, not merely gunning down criminals for cash.
  • Invulnerable Horses: Chisolm rides his horse through the glass door of a restaurant with it seemingly suffering no ill effects.
  • It's Personal: The reason why Chisolm accepts Emma's suicidal job offer. Bart Bogue is the man responsible for the brutal murders of Chisolm's mother and sisters.
  • Karmic Death: The film begins with Bogue burning down the town church. At the end of the final battle, Bogue is killed in the ruins of the very same church.
    • Jack Horne made his living killing Indians for profit. He is the only one of the seven to be killed by Denali.
  • Knife Nut: Billy Rocks has dozens of knives on him. He kills more people with them than he does with his guns. Horne and Red Harvest also carry knives.
  • Last-Name Basis: We never learn Vasquez' first name.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Billy is this for Goodnight. The latter saying the former "keeps him on the level." Subverted as once Goodnight skips town Billy hits the drink hard.
  • Living Legend: Horne and Goodnight, who are both actually described as "living legends". Horne is legendary as a tough-as-nails badass who survived all manner of bizarre stuff in the wilderness and hunted down several Indians, and Goodnight is a legend as the most feared Confederate sharpshooter during the war (thus his Red Baron of "The Angel of Death").
  • The Lost Lenore: Rare male example. Emma's husband Matthew is killed in the opening after he tries to stand up to Bogue, and she assembles the Seven partially out of a desire to avenge his death.
  • Made of Iron: Horne gets shot with four arrows, two to the chest, before he goes down, and before that is not severely impaired by having a rock smashed into his head. Faraday also gets shot an impressive amount of times before going down (and even then, it takes being blown up to kill him).
  • The Magnificent Seven Samurai: It’s in full effect, given that it’s a remake of the co-Trope Namer. The team consists of:
    • The Hero: Sam Chisolm.
    • The Lancer: Joshua Faraday.
    • The Big Guy: Jack Horne and Billy Rocks share the role, both having little to them but their physical prowess.
    • The Old Guy: Goodnight Robicheaux.
    • The Young Guy: Red Harvest is a subversion in that he is not naive; but still upholds more traditionally heroic values than most.
    • The Funny Guy: Vasquez.
  • The Man They Couldn't Hang: At the very end of the movie it is revealed that Chisolm has a scar around the base of his neck from where a group of Confederate renegades tried to hang him on Bogue's orders, back in Kansas.
  • Mexican Standoff: Mentioned by name and joked with. Faraday observes it is a weird Mexican Standoff when the participants are an Irishman and a Baptist, so he's not sure what to call it. There are also several standoffs of this kind during the movie.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Bogue treats his miners so badly that they gladly join the townsfolk in fighting him.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: Emma Cullen is the single biggest badass in Rose Creek, and by far more deadly than any of the male townsfolk.
  • Mountain Man: Jack Horne is a quintessential example, dressed all in furs and living in the wild.
    Joshua Faraday: (as Horne walks back into the mountains) "I believe that bear is wearing people clothes."
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Bogue's go to tactic when someone has something he wants, be it land or anything else, is to send a whole bunch of hired goons and kill everyone in sight. Not only does he do it on Rose Creek, but he did the exact same thing shortly after the war in Lincoln, Kansas to a group of homesteaders that included Chisolm and his family.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Red Harvest tracks the Six the same way Chico and Kikuchiyo do, although unlike the other two he never had a formal introduction beforehand.
    • Billy Rocks' Establishing Character Moment is almost identical to Kyuzo's introduction, and subsequently Britt's.
    • Bogue directly lifts a quote from his counterpart, Calvera. "If God didn't want them sheared, he would not have made them sheep."
    • The "so far so good" joke was also lifted from the original film.
    • Faraday teaches Teddy about the speed of a gun in a similar manner to Chris testing Chico.
    • Vasquez uses the same speech about a father's courage to a little boy that Bernardo does to his Instant Fan Club.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Goodnight Robicheaux is probably example enough, but doubles when you find out his Red Baron: "The Angel of Death."
    • Also, Red Harvest. With a name like that, he's not bringing you peace and love.
  • The Napoleon: The horse-keeper in Amador City is a short, short-tempered Irishman who's quick to reach for a gun. Faraday says he mistook him for a leprechaun.
  • Never Bring a Gun to a Knife Fight: Billy Rocks is challenged to a fast draw contest by a local hothead. Billy responds by taking off his gunbelt. When the signal to draw is given, he pulls a knife out of his hair and throws it; hitting his opponent in the chest and killing him before he can get a shot off.
  • Never My Fault: Bogue, Bogue, Bogue. When confronted by Chisolm on his misdeeds, his reaction is entirely this.
  • Noble Bigot:
    • Downplayed with Faraday. He and Vasquez get into it a bit (in fact, his first reaction to seeing Vasquez is something akin to, "Oh, great. They brought a Mexican.") Also, calling a short, obviously Irish acquaintance of his a 'leprechaun'. He's cracking jokes half the time and probably doesn't mean anything by it. He doesn't seem to have any issue at all with the African-American Chisolm and they seemed headed for a friendship had Faraday survived. Given the setting of the movie (1879), Fair for Its Day probably also applies - no pun intended.
    • Jack Horne made a living out of killing Indians, but he gets along with Red Harvest fairly well.
  • Noble Savage: Red Harvest is a very noble and well-intentioned Indian warrior, who stands above the general rogue-ishness of the other six.
  • Noodle Incident: Some of the Seven's backstories are kept vague.
    • It's never explained who Vasquez killed to earn a bounty on his head or why that person "deserved it."
    • It's unclear how Jack Horne went from a renowned Indian-hunter to a man with a government bounty on his head. He also mentions he once had a wife and children but never reveals what happened to them.
  • Not His Sled: The Seven fill similar archetypes to the original Magnificent Seven, but some of them have different endings. Faraday, for example, is comparable to Vin Tanner, the charismatic right-hand-man to the steely leader. However, unlike Tanner, Faraday doesn't survive the film.
  • Obi-Wan Moment: As he lays dying, Horne stops raging and starts breathing slow, acquiring a very relaxed expression, calmly embracing his fate. It calls back to an earlier comment of his that he'd be proud to die alongside these men he respects
  • Odd Friendship:
    • Between Red Harvest and Jack Horne (an Indian and a man with experience on hunting them) and Vasquez and Faraday (A Mexican and a man prejudiced against Mexicans).
    • Goodnight Robicheaux has a penchant for these. He is a former Confederate sharpshooter, but his closest friends are an Asian man and an African-American former Union soldier.
  • Oh, Crap!: "They brought the Devil's Wrath! They've got a goddamned Gatling gun!"
  • Omniglot: Chisolm speaks fluent Spanish and Comanche.
  • One Last Smoke: Faraday gets one from one of Bogue's men. This gives him the chance to light one last stick of dynamite and blow up the Gatling gun.
  • Open Shirt Taunt: Sam unbuttons his shirt to reveal a scar from a hanging noose, which he got from Bogue, who also killed his family.
  • Outlaw: Vasquez is the token outlaw.
  • Pet the Dog: As Faraday lies dying, the chief mook of the group he's facing down gives him time to pull out a cigar, and even helps him light it (though given that he draws his pistol to shoot him afterwards, it may be intended more as a taunt). This all ends up backfiring, since Faraday uses the light to ignite a stick of dynamite.
  • Pinkerton Detective: Most of the men Bogue uses to terrorize the town are provided by the Blackstone Detective Agency. That they're meant to be a fictional counterpart to the Pinkertons is made evident when Chisolm calls them cowards who are only good for breaking strikes.
  • Politically Correct History: An inversion, of all things. The director noted that the Wild West was a lot more racially diverse than most Westerns portrayed it and sought to reflect that when casting the 7. Their line-up might have been unusual for the times, but far from implausible. Goodnight lampshades this once their crew starts coming together.
  • Preacher Man: An Irish Priest.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Red Harvest gives one to Denali before throwing him off a balcony.
    Red Harvest: (in subtitles) You're a disgrace.
  • Pretty Boy: Although they're the same height and Billy has a stronger build, Goodnight describes him as "petite." This might have just been a term of endearment, rather than a literal description, but Billy using a hairpin adds something.
  • Price On Their Head: Vasquez has a massive bounty on his head, and part of his reasoning for joining is getting enough money to misplace the bounty hunters.
  • Professional Gambler: Faraday appears to make his living by playing cards. He's not that good with dice though.
  • Quick Draw: All the 7. Chisolm in particular deserves props for managing to do a Quick Draw quick enough to take out four men in four different corners of the room before they shoot him.
  • The Quiet One: Both Billy and Red Harvest remain rather, but not completely, silent and passive in a conversation. They do know English, so there's no Language Barrier. A late scene in the belltower shows that Billy is actually capable of being chatty and boisterous - when he's alone with Goodnight, at least.
  • The Quisling: The Sheriff of the town works for Bogue.
  • Race Lift:
    • Sam Chisolm is the counterpart to Chris from the original film. Chris was played by the Russian Yul Brynner, and Sam by the African-American Denzel Washington.
    • The rest of the Seven now include an Asian man and a Native American.
    • The village in the original film was in Mexico and all the farmers were Mexican, as was the bandit Calvera. The town is now in California and the village is mostly white, as is the villain.
  • Railing Kill: Happens to the Blackstone thug Red Harvest kills as he comes charging out of the barbershop. Later it happens to Goodnight when he is shot in the belfry of the church.
  • Rated M for Manly: Much like its predecessors, the film makes no apologies for what a Testosterone fest it is. A group of grizzled, well trained killers and badasses doing what they do best: Killing bad guys.
  • Religious Bruiser: Jack Horne is frequently quoting scripture. Even in his death.
  • The Remake: A highly modified one. It still follows the The Magnificent Seven Samurai plot outline and reuses some lines and scenes, but the nature of the threat is different and most of the characters do not have direct counterparts in the original. The Seven have their roles shuffled around, where they're similar at all, and Bogue is nothing like Calvera.
  • Retired Gunfighter: Goodnight is a retired gunslinger from the Civil War.
  • Riding into the Sunset: In the end, the remaining members of the Seven ride into the sunset, as befitting of the movie's Genre Throwback to old westerns.
  • Rock Beats Laser: Members of the Seven routinely defeat gunmen with knives, arrows, and hatchets.
  • Running Gag:
    • Red Harvest and his distaste for white food.
    • Once the "So far, so good" parable has been told, the phrase gets bandied about a lot amongst the Seven, and never fails to get an (increasing fatalistic) laugh from them.
  • Satellite Character: Vasquez and Red Harvest have the least character development out of the Seven.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After the Seven slaughter Bogue’s garrison in Rose Creek, several of the townsfolk and all of the hookers decide to leave rather than face Bogue’s retaliation.
  • Self-Made Man: Bogue prides himself in the fact that he made his fortune himself and nobody handed anything to him.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: His experiences during The American Civil War left Robicheaux severely traumatized. He is unable to function in a fight for most of the movie and he keeps having flashbacks to his time in the front. Billy and Chisolm are very sympathetic to his troubles, though Faraday suspects his reputation to be fraudulent until Robicheaux allows himself to be goaded into demonstrating on a practice dummy.
  • The Sheriff: A highly corrupt one.
  • Ship Tease: Faraday flirts with Emma Cullen. Nothing comes of it because he dies in the final battle.
    • There's also some subtle teasing between Horne and one of the townswomen who fixes his vest. Again, nothing comes of it because he has no interest and he dies.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Showdown at High Noon: Between Chisolm and Bogue in the climax.
  • The Southpaw: Robicheaux, Horne and Vasquez are all left-handed.
  • Still Wearing the Old Colors: Denali is seen wearing a US Cavalry uniform even though he now works for a private company.
  • The Straight and Arrow Path: Played with in the case of Red Harvest. He has a pistol as a sidearm as well as a couple of melee weapons, but only after he runs out of arrows.
  • Super Window Jump: Chisolm rides his horse through the glass doors of a restaurant to ambush one of the fleeing Blackstone operatives. His horse is unharmed.
  • Tactful Translation: Red Harvest examines a plate to food with an expression of visible disgust before pushing it aside and noting that "White men's food is only fit for dogs," in Comanche. When one of the others ask Chisolm what was said the reply was "He's not hungry."
  • Taking Over the Town: This is what Bogue has done to Rose Creek before the Seven ride into town and kill the 22 Blackstone thugs he had left there.
  • The Team Benefactor: McCann is the one that provides Bouge with men and guns for his attack on Rose Creek
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Bringing upwards of a hundred men to attack the town might not seem so excessive considering what the Seven did to the goons Bogue left stationed in the town. Bringing a Gatling gun on the other hand, certainly qualifies.
  • Token Minority: Bogue's got exactly one Native American working for him.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Teddy takes care of Faraday's horse after Faraday is killed in the Final Battle.
  • Training the Peaceful Villagers: The Seven do their best to get the townsfolk ready for the final battle, but they don’t have much to work with in the way of talent, with the exception of Emma. Still, the locals put a fair amount of holes in Bogue's army during the final battle.
  • Tribal Face Paint: Both Red Harvest and Denali wear these, Red Harvest being particularly impressive with his red, black and white face paint mimicking a red faced beast with gaping jaws.
  • The Trope Kid: Earl has taken to calling to calling himself 'the Two-Gun Kid'. His brother thinks its a stupid name. So does Faraday.
  • Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: Chisholm occasionally announces himself by his full list of legal titles, certifications, and deputizations. It takes a while.
  • Veteran Instructor: Goodnight Robicheaux serves as a Drill Sergeant Nasty while drilling the town's men in marksmanship.
    Goodnight:"You gotta hate what you're firing at!"
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Faraday and Vasquez spend most of their screentime trading derogatory racial slurs jokes with each other, but end up being very close friends to the point where Vasquez guns down one of Bogue's main henchmen in a rage after he wounded Faraday.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Jack Horne is a massive bear of a man, an expert tracker and a vicious killer. He also has a very squeaky high pitched voice that sounds more than a little bit reminiscent of Slim Pickens.
  • The Voiceless: Denali never speaks, only shouts and grunts.
  • Walking Armory:
    • Faraday carries three gun
    • Jack Horne typically has four weapons on him: a lever-action rifle, a revolver, tomahawk and knife.
    • Billy Rocks qualifies just by all the knives he carries on him, as well as a pair of revolvers.
  • Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: Seriously, where on Earth did Bogue manage to get a hold of a Gatling gun in less than a week?
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: The movie gives contradictory information about the location of Rose Creek. The valley is stated to be 3 days ride from Sacramento, which would place it somewhere in the California side of the Sierra Nevada mountains. However, the Seven have to go through Comanche territory on their way to the town, placing Rose Creek somewhere in either present day eastern New Mexico, southeastern Colorado, southwestern Kansas, western Oklahoma, or northwest Texas. Also, the movie was filmed in Louisiana and New Mexico, and it shows.
    • Then again, they never explicitly say that it's Comanche country. It could just be that he's a long way from home, and Chisolm is experienced enough to recognize a Comanche even outside of their territory (he speaks their language, after all). Red Harvest even cryptically states that the Elders told him his path was different from the rest of his people.
  • Would Hit a Girl: During the opening, Denali murders one of the Rose Creek citizens by throwing a tomahawk into her back. He also tries to murder Emma during the climax.
  • Would Hurt a Child: It is a given that innocent children would more than likely die if Rose Creek is hit with a barrage from a Gatling Gun; a fact that a sociopath like Bogue would more than likely not even think, much less care about.
  • Worthy Opponent: Although ultimately deciding to execute the mortally-wounded Faraday anyway, Bogue's Gatling Gun operator still showed genuine admiration for his valiant and suicidal charge reaching their wagons, and even handed his dying-enemy a lit-match to light his One Last Smoke out of respect for his courage.... this backfires as Faraday uses it instead to light one last dynamite, blowing the goons and himself to Kingdom Come.
  • Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him?: Two men Faraday (possibly) cheated manage to get the drop on him and hold him at gunpoint. But instead of killing him they are talked into letting him perform a magic trick... it doesn't end well for the pair. One of them asks this very thing, but the other one just really likes magic tricks.
  • You Have Failed Me: After the Seven first drive Bogue's forces out of Rose Creek and send the sheriff to send word to him about it, Bogue shoots him for his failure.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Faraday has a wife named Ethel (the pistol in his right-side holster) and a girlfriend named Maria (the other pistol in his crossdraw holster—Ethel doesn't know about her), and also flirts with Emma throughout the film.

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