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Heartwarming / The Magnificent Seven (1960)

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  • In a real Tear Jerker moment the village boys keep their promise. The last time we see them they are in fact putting fresh flowers on O'Reilly's grave.
  • Chris's comforting lies to Harry Luck as he dies, assuring him that they were actually fighting for a fortune in gold.
    Harry: Well, I'll be damned. *Breathes his last*
    Chris: Maybe you won't be.
    • And we'll never know if he believed it, or just appreciated the lie in his last moments.note 
  • Lee, believing himself as a man who'd lost his nerve. Stepping up to save a group of imprisoned villagers. Then watching with pride and admiration as they step up and help fight Calvera's men.
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  • Chico is welcomed into the group much faster than his counterpart Kikuchiyo, albeit not as sooner as his other counterpart Katsushiro. When Chris spots Chico cooking fish by a fire, he invites him to come along with them. And after the Bavarian Fire Drill scene, Chris remarks, "Now we are seven".
  • The gunmen (minus Chris) are enjoying a meal the villagers made for them, until O'Reilly points out that since they arrived, the villagers have been eating only some tortillas and a few beans. The next scene shows Vin and Harry serving food to children.
  • The three little boys who have come to love O'Reilly prepare to leave the village with him, with the leading boy stating that they are ashamed of their fathers for being cowards, to which O'Reilly angrily spanks him and snaps:
    O'Reilly: Don't you ever say that again about your fathers, because they are not cowards! You think I am brave because I carry a gun? Well, your fathers are much braver because they carry responsibility; for you, your brothers, your sisters, and your mothers! And this responsibility is like a big rock that weighs a ton. It bends and it twists them until finally it buries them under the ground. And there's nobody says they have to do this. They do it because they love you, and because they want to. I have never had this kind of courage. Running a farm, working like a mule every day with no guarantee anything will ever come of it. This is bravery. That's why I never even started anything like that... that's why I never will.
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  • The whole final act of the film is this incarnate. Look at what's happening from the farmers' perspective. They hired some cold-blooded killers to protect them from a bunch of other cold-blooded killers, and later sell them out out of very human fear and doubt. Said cold-blooded killers then come back and save them all anyways, simply because the seven of them, despite their own flaws, the lack of a worthwhile reward, and having every reason to abandon the village to their fate just out of spite, choose to be the heroes of the story.
  • Real Life example: In later years, Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen reconciled. McQueen, dying of cancer, called Brynner to thank him. "What for?" queried Brynner. "You coulda had me kicked off the movie when I rattled you," replied McQueen, "but you let me stay and that picture made me, so thanks". Brynner told him, "I am the king and you are the rebel prince: every bit as royal... and dangerous to cross." McQueen said, "I had to make it up with Yul 'cos without him I wouldn't have been in that picture."


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