YMMV: The Magnificent Seven

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Calvera telling his comrades to forget about their fellow fallen bandits. Was he really that careless about his own men, or did the loss hurt enough that he was turning his attention to the future of the ones that were still alive?
  • Awesome Music: Elmer Bernstein's score, particularly the unforgettable main title theme.
    • Eli Wallach (who portrayed the bandit leader Calvera) once remarked that if he'd have heard Elmer's music during filming, he'd have ridden his horse better.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Plenty of them.
    • Britt's introduction. Also Chris and Vin's, though Britt's is even more awesome.
    • The entire first confrontation with Calvera and his men. It's also one of the most quotable scene in the film ("We deal in lead, friend" amongst them).
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: This exchange, taking place just after Britt has shot dead one of the bandits who was fleeing on horseback:
    Chico: [awed] That was the greatest shot I've ever seen!
    Britt: [sternly] The worst! I was aiming at the horse.
  • Estrogen Brigade: Let's see: we have the very handsome Yul Brynner, Steve Mc Queen, pretty boy Horst Bucholz, James Coburn, and the charismatic, unconventionally handsome Eli Wallach. Yes, these are reasons enough.
  • Fountain of Memes: There are many memetic lines from the film, and many of them occur in a five-minute sequence during the first confrontation between Calvera's bandits and the Seven. Outside of that part, there's Britt's famous "I was aiming for the horse!" and Lee's "Enemies: None. ... alive." speech.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Eli Wallach (Calvera) outlived all but one (Robert Vaughn) of the actors who played the Seven.
  • Love to Hate: Calvera. He's ruthless and cruel, but he's so much fun to watch!
  • Narm: The villagers' acting as they discuss what to do in the beginning is...admittedly kinda wooden.
  • Repurposed Pop Song: The title theme's main riff is widely known for its later use in Marlboro cigarette commercials and Arthur Conley's 1968 hit "Sweel Soul Music".
  • Stop Helping Me!: Bernardo's Instant Fanclub follows him everywhere and tries to help him in any way; 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.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The death of each of the magnificent seven.
    • Harry's was one of the worst. He initially abandons the team fearing the odds are against them. He comes rushing in and saves Chris, then gets shot for his troubles.
    • Poor O'Reilly, ends up getting him killed protecting his Instant Fan Club instead of concentrating on the fight. And the poor kids get a front row seat.
    Village Boy: We didn't mean to do it! We didn't mean to do it!
    • Poor Lee, while little of his personality is explored. His dying after getting his nerve back and saving a lot of lives in the climactic battle and ends with him killed right afterward.
    • Britt, it's not so much his death (though that's still hard to watch). It's when Chris finds his knife after the battles over. He picks it up, then gets a mournful look on his face.
    • Surprisingly, Calvera's death, which, in a role reversal, somewhat mirrors Kikuchiyo's. His shock and confusion after being shot by Chris makes you feel a little sorry for him.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Yul Brynner as a Cajun and Eli Wallach as a Mexican. But both are so awesome that it's not that big of an issue.