* AwesomeMusic: Music/ElmerBernstein's score, particularly the unforgettable [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iteRKvRKFA 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.
* CanonForeigner: Of all the characters, Lee is the only one who isn't directly adapted from SevenSamurai. His characterization as a fighter who's lost his nerve would have been unbecoming of any samurai.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: 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).
* CrowningMomentOfFunny: 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''.
* EstrogenBrigade
* RepurposedPopSong: The title theme's main riff is widely known for its later use in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQmpqvoEpws Marlboro cigarette]] commercials and Arthur Conley's 1968 hit "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grE0lwTsSPg Sweel Soul Music]]".
** In Australia, a [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong knockoff of the tune]] was famously used for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nszIJDswTBM Victoria Bitter]] ads.
* StopHelpingMe: 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]].
* WTHCastingAgency: Yul Brynner as a Cajun and Creator/EliWallach as a Mexican. Both are so awesome that it's not that big of an issue.
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