A few days ago, I heard the soundtrack of the 1960 version of the movie, The Magnificent Seven, on WBJC (91.5), the local Baltimore, MD classical radio station. The music was composed by Elmer Bernstein. Just listening to the composition on the radio brought back the individual scenes in the movie. This old-West style movie was the re-make of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 Japanese movie, Seven Samurai, and was nominated for an Oscar. The music was in parts humorous, adventurous, and tender, with Mexican beats.
The 1960 version was directed by John Sturges, and starred Yul Brenner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Horst Buchholz, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn (heroes), and Eli Wallach (villain). The heroes were trying to protect a village of Mexican farmers who couldn’t afford to hire them.
The newest version/remake was made in 2016 and directed by Antoine Fuqua. This version starred Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcio-Ruffo, and Martin Sensmeier. The villain was Peter Sarsgaard, who portrayed a robber baron and gold-mining tycoon who wanted to own all the land in the area. The music was composed by James Horner and Simon Franglen.
I liked each version of this movie–the hero theme, the actors–the fact that it was a western started it off right. I like westerns.
Written by Rosa L. Griffin