[[caption-width-right:300:They fought like seven hundred!]]

''Note: This page covers the film. ''For the ensemble/plot trope, see TheMagnificentSevenSamurai''.

->'''Vin''': I guess right about now you kinda wish you'd given your crops to Calvera, huh?
->'''Hilario''': Yes. And no. Both at the same time. Yes, when I think of what he might do. No, when I remember the feeling in my chest this morning as I saw him running away -- from ''us''. That's a feeling worth dying for. Have you ever... felt something like that?
->'''Vin''': Not for a long, long time. I, uh, I envy you.

An epic 1960 {{Western}} translation of ''Film/SevenSamurai'', directed by John Sturges and featuring an AllStarCast including Creator/YulBrynner, Creator/SteveMcQueen, Eli Wallach, Creator/CharlesBronson, Robert Vaughn, and Creator/JamesCoburn.

Mexican villagers plagued by a band of bandits send a few of their number to the border to buy guns so they can defend themselves. They end up hiring seven gunmen to defend the village instead.

Action-packed and featuring an unforgettable music score by Music/ElmerBernstein, ''The Magnificent Seven'' has [[RatedMForManly has so much testosterone that a girl risks getting pregnant just by watching it]]. Numerous film historians call it one of the last great "classical" Westerns (i.e., Westerns prior to the rise of the SpaghettiWestern subgenre).

Followed by several {{sequel}} films and a 1998-2000 [[Series/TheMagnificentSeven TV series]].

''Return of the Seven'', the first sequel, has the village from the first film be raided by marauders who carry off fifty men into the desert, one of them being Chico, who chose to return and settle down after the first film. Chico's wife goes to the other survivors of the first Band of Seven, Chris and Vin, who recruit five new members to save Chico and the other villages from a mad rancher who is using them as slave labor.

''Guns of the Magnificent Seven'', the second sequel, has a Mexican revolutionary (and a cousin of one of the villages from one of the previous films) seek out and hire Chris to form a third iteration of the Band of Seven to overthrow a sadistic militarist.

''The Magnificent Seven Ride'', the final sequel, has Chris, now married and a US Marshal, be recruited by an old friend of his turned BountyHunter to form a new Band of Seven to defeat the bandit lord De Toro.

The series, meanwhile, has no connection to the film quadrilogy at all.

A remake of the first film is due for release in September 2016, directed by Antoine Fuqua (''Film/TrainingDay'') and with Creator/DenzelWashington, Creator/ChrisPratt, and Creator/EthanHawke heading the cast.

!! ''Examples of tropes included'':

* AccidentalAimingSkills: Britt kills a bandit fleeing on horseback with a single pistol shot from a longish distance. When Chico calls it the best shot he's ever seen, Britt calls it the ''worst'' - he had aimed for the ''horse'', because he wanted to take one of the bandits ''alive'' and question him about the strength of the bandit group.
* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: Vin and Hilario have the page quote conversation in the middle of a firefight. The scene where Lee wakes from a nightmare and talks about losing his nerve counts, too.
* AdaptationDistillation: Creator/AkiraKurosawa loved the film so much that he gave director John Sturges a samurai sword.
* AdaptationExpansion:
** Given that the bandits' leader is given zero characterization and five minutes of screen time in ''Film/SevenSamurai'', Calvera received one of these in spades.
** Not to mention, a single Japanese source film ended up being adapted into ''four'' American films, so there's a lot of expansion going on after what originally marked the end of the story.
* AffablyEvil: Calvera qualifies as either this or FauxAffablyEvil. Either way, he's too much fun to watch. During the making of the film, Yul Brynner (Chris) remarked that Eli Wallach was ''too'' benevolent.
* AlasPoorVillain: Calvera death is surprisingly poignant. As he sits slumped against a wooden rail, mortally wounded, he desperately tries to understand why the seven returned to save the village.
* AndStarring: "And introducing Horst Buchholz" appears at the very end of the cast, separate from his six Magnificent co-stars and Eli Wallach. This wasn't Buccholz's first movie role, but it was the first time American audiences got a good look at him.
* AnyoneCanDie: What did you expect from a western based on a film by Creator/AkiraKurosawa?
* AvengersAssemble: Chris ends up delivering TheCall.
* BeardOfEvil: Calvera.
* BavarianFireDrill: Chico, like his partial counterpart Kikuchiyo in the original.
* {{Badass}} / BadassCrew: The seven easily qualify for both.
* BadassBoast: "We deal in lead, friend."
-->'''Chris:''' No enemies?\\
'''Lee:''' ''Alive...''
** The latter is subverted in a later scene with Lee, who bitterly echoes the line before admitting that he's lost count of his enemies.
* BaldOfAwesome: While any role Yul Brynner has played qualifies for this trope, his performance in this film stands out the most.
* {{Bandito}}: Calvera and his gang certainly qualify.
* BatmanColdOpen: The film does a Western variation (escorting a dead Indian to a cemetery whilst under fire) of the Batman Cold Open from Kurosawa's original. It both establishes Chris and Vin's creds as [[{{Badass}} awesome gunslingers]] and solidifies their respect for each other.
** It's also their EstablishingCharacterMoment.
* BigBad: Calvera, leader of a band of rapacious and desperate bandits.
* BittersweetEnding: The seven killed all of the bandits, but four of the seven also died. One of the survivors [[IChooseToStay gives up on adventure]], while the other two ride off to a future without prospects.
--> The old man was right. Only the farmers won. We lost. We'll always lose.
* BoomerangBigot: Chico really hates farmers.
** The film lifted this directly from ''Film/SevenSamurai'': the seventh samurai, Kikuchiyo, tries hard to become a samurai and constantly boasts and showing off -- before he tearfully admits that he came from a family of selfish farmers.
* CallToAgriculture: Chico, in spite of explicitly stating in an earlier scene that he had no intention of settling down, does exactly this at the end.
* CanonForeigner: Of all the characters, Lee is the only one who isn't directly adapted from ''Film/SevenSamurai'' (instead filling the space left open by combining Kikuchiyo and Katsushiro into [[CompositeCharacter Chico]]). His characterization as a fighter who's lost his nerve would have been unbecoming of any samurai.
** Harry's natural counterpart is Gorobei, yet shares none of his characterisation.
* CatapultNightmare: Lee scrambles across the room in a panic when he awakens from a nightmare.
* ChangedMyMindKid: This happens a couple of times during the AvengersAssemble section, but the best example of the trope happens when [[spoiler:Harry returns for the FinalBattle]].
* ChekhovsGun: Britt's knife-throwing [[SubvertedTrope subverts this trope]]; [[spoiler:in the final gunfight, he draws the blade, but gets killed before he can throw it]].
* CompositeCharacter: Chico was written as a combination of Katsushiro and Kikuchiyo from the original film.
* DeadpanSnarker: Vin is full of ''extremely'' deadpan snark. O'Reilly is also an example, somewhat less deadpan:
-->'''Chris''': Morning. I'm a friend of Harry Luck's. He tells me you're broke.
-->'''O'Reilly''': [chopping wood] Nah. I'm doing this because I'm an eccentric millionaire.
** [[OneSceneWonder The travelling clothes salesman]] is quite memorable for his witty remarks about the "Old Sam" situation.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Chico successfully infiltrates Calvera's camp in a sombrero.
* DueToTheDead: Chris's initiative to deliver Old Sam to Boot Hill to be buried against all odds is his EstablishingCharacterMoment.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming The seven defended a poor Mexican village with their lives]]. [[AlasPoorVillain Why?]]
* ForeignRemake: It was adapted from ''Film/SevenSamurai'', and made with Akira Kurasawa's blessing.
* FriendToAllChildren: Bernardo.
* TheGunslinger: The film takes place in the Wild West; of course it has some of these.
* TheGunfighterWannabe: Chico. The rest of the group tries to dissuade him from going along with them, since they believe that his pride is only going to get himself killed.
* HowTheMightyHaveFallen:
** O'Reilly was a well-paid BountyHunter; now he has to chop wood for a living, so even the measly pay the villagers are offering is a fortune.
** Luck trying to catch flies in his hand. "There was a time I could have got all three."
* IChooseToStay: [[spoiler:In the end, Chico decides to abandon his ambitions of becoming a gunfighter and settles down in the village.]]
* IGaveMyWord
-->'''Harry:''' Well, there comes a time to turn Mother's picture to the wall and get out. The village will be no worse off than it was before we came.
-->'''Chris:''' You forget one thing. We took a contract.
-->'''Vin:''' Not the kind any court would enforce.
-->'''Chris:''' That's just the kind you've got to keep.
* ImprobableAimingSkills
** The film plays it straight in some instances: several characters make shots on the run, shoot guns out of hands, and make otherwise improbable shots. It doesn't do this as badly as other Westerns from the same era, though.
** The film [[AvertedTrope averts]] this, too: Britt -- acknowledged as one of the best gunmen of the group -- takes several seconds to line up a pistol shot from a longish distance, and he still claims to have missed his intended target (see AccidentalAimingSkills above).
* InstantFanClub: Bernardo gets one of these, though it doesn't do him much good.
* {{Irony}}: Harry is a wartime deserter "hiding in the middle of a battlefield".
* KnifeNut: Britt uses a throwing knife in a gunfight -- and ''wins''.
* TheMagnificentSevenSamurai: This film serves as the co-TropeNamer.
** TheHero: Chris.
** TheLancer: Vin.
** TheBigGuy: Britt.
** TheSmartGuy: Lee.
** [[TheMentor The Mentor]]: Harry.
** [[NaiveNewcomer The Young Guy]]: Chico.
** [[DeadpanSnarker The Funny Guy]]: Bernardo.
* MeaningfulName: Chico means "Kid" in Spanish.
** NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The BigBad's name sounds a whole lot like ''calavera'': "skull"
* MohsScaleOfViolenceHardness: It rates a 3, because some small amounts of blood are shown during some of the acts of violence. There's even a relatively early blood squib on [[spoiler:Bernardo O'Reilly (Charles Bronson)]] during the final shootout.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: Who made up the Magnificent Seven? Six actors who became major stars -- and Brad Dexter. (Horst Buchholz had a huge career in Germany.)
* NaiveNewcomer: Chico.
* NoodleIncident: Vin answers the question in EvilCannotComprehendGood above with a story about a man he witnessed jumping buck naked into a patch of cactus. "He said it seemed like a good idea at the time."
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Yul Brynner (Russian) and Horst Buchholz (German) both sport their natural accents; the film tries to {{Handwave}} this by making Brynner's character a Cajun and Buchholz's a Mexican.
* TheNotableNumeral: We'll give you one guess.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Harry Luck is convinced that there has to be some kind of hidden profit motivating Chris and the others to take on such an apparently unprofitable job, and spends most of the film trying to find out what it is. He is, accordingly, the only one of the seven who decides to walk away after Sotero sells them out to Calvera, when it becomes clear that there is no profit to be had. [[spoiler:Subverted when Harry returns during the final shootout, saving Chris at the cost of his own life.]]
* PragmaticVillainy: Calvera tries this by letting the Seven live: besides not expecting them to come back, he doesn't want their friends returning for revenge. But this winds up being a huge, ultimately fatal miscalculation on his part.
-->'''Britt:''' No one throws me my own gun and says "Run" Nobody.
* ProfaneLastWords: Two examples. After a group of young Mexican villagers [[SayMyName say Bernardo's name]] as he dies from his wounds, he responds by saying, "That's damn right." The first casualty out of the Seven, Harry Luck, has this to say as he himself dies:
-->'''Harry Luck''': Well... I'll be damned. ''[dies]''
-->'''Chris Adams''': [[GenreSavvy Maybe you won't be.]]
* PyrrhicVictory: The film lampshades this with the "only the farmers won" speech, just as the original film did.
* TheQuietOne: Creator/JamesCoburn's character, Britt, has eleven total lines of dialogue; Robert Vaughn's character, Lee, has sixteen total lines.
** Britt's lines also tend to be ''short.'' In his [[EstablishingCharacterMoment introductory scene]], he only speaks five words.
* RatedMForManly: Between Calvera and the titular seven, if you weaponized these levels of shear badassitude you could easily kill millions.
* TheRealHeroes: Bernardo tells the kids that hang around him that their father's are the real heroes since being a farmer and a dad means lots of hard work and responsibility. He says he's never had the courage to do that, which is why he's a gunslinger.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Lee, who had struggled with cowardice throughout the whole movie, dies five seconds after he saves a group of villagers. Harry dies when he saves a cornered Chris from certain death.]]
* SarcasmBlind: Annoyed with Chico, Vin and Chris sarcastically suggest that he go and ask Calvera his plans for the night. Chico does ''exactly that'', infiltrating Calvera's camp and even speaking directly with Calvera under the cover of the particularly dim fire in the camp. Without being discovered as a spy, Chico slips away from Calvera's camp, returns to the village, and tells everyone the awful truth that [[spoiler:Calvera's men are starving and have nowhere else to turn for food]].
* SayMyName: Bernardo [[{{Invoked}} invokes this]] [[spoiler:as he dies.]] Chris and Britt also both end the scene introducing Britt with it:
--> '''Chris:''' Britt.
--> '''Britt:''' Chris.
* {{Sequel}}: ''Return of the Seven'' (1966), ''Guns of the Magnificent Seven'' (1969), ''The Magnificent Seven Ride'' (1972). Save for Yul Brynner in ''Return'', none of the original cast appear in any of these.
* SettingUpdate: The film transplants a story set in feudal-era Japan based on a story from Bronze-Age Greece into the Wild West.
* TheSiege: The film's last fight follows the bandits' attempt to siege the village.
* SmugSnake: Calvera is pompous and loves to hear himself talk.
* SouthOfTheBorder: All four films take place in Mexico.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler:The Village Elder, who died in Kurosawa's film, survives in this film. Chico, as a {{composite|Character}} of Kikuchiyo (who died) and Katsushiro (who survived), makes for a half-example.]]
* TheStoic: Pretty much every one of the seven -- except Chico -- falls under this trope; the other six have seen so much in their day that it takes a lot to unnerve them.
* TheTeamWannabe: Chico.
* TokenRomance: [[spoiler:Chico and Petra.]]
* TrainingThePeacefulVillagers: The TropeCodifier for Western filmography.
* TwilightOfTheOldWest: A constant undertone throughout the film. Many of the Seven are facing the prospect of becoming has-beens without a purpose in the newly "civilized" West--and it's indicated that this is a major reason they accept the job: it makes them feel needed. (This parallel's Kurosawa's original film, where the samurai are ''ronin'' who are suffering the end of the feudal era of Japan.)
* UnwantedAssistance: Bernardo's Instant Fanclub follows him everywhere and tries to help him in any way; [[spoiler: they get him killed in the final battle when they distract him during a gunfight]].
** Earlier, Calvera is talking to Sotero about how they tried to rob a church, only to find nothing worth taking. A bandit watching nearby helpfully adds that they took what was there anyway. Calvera doesn't appreciate the remark very well.
* WallSlump: [[spoiler:Lee's]] death falls under this trope.
* TheWestern
* WhatYouAreInTheDark
-->'''Harry:''' Come on, Lee. If they want to get killed, let 'em.
-->'''Chris:''' Go ahead, Lee. You don't owe anything to anybody.
-->'''Lee:''' Except to myself.
* YoungGun: Chico may be a young hot-head, but he proves to be both good with his gun and rather clever.


-> [[spoiler: ''"The old man was right. We lost. We always lose."'']]