(l to r) Vincent D'Onofrio, Martin Sensmeier, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Ethan Hawke, Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Byung-hun Lee star in Columbia Pictures' THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN.

The Magnificent Seven is a remake of a classic 1960 western of the same name.  That movie, in turn, was an American adaptation of the 1956 Japanese film The Seven Samuraii by Akira Kurosawa.  Want to make that clear before we go any further.


The original Magnificent Seven was made in a time where westerns filled the action movie category and managed an all star cast.  It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the original, so most of the details are hazy, but, based on all the promotional material, this 2016 movie is not hiding its roots, in fact, the new is channeling the old.  Go ahead and google The Magnificent Seven and compare old press photos with the new ones.

Here is where the movie is breaking from tradition, it’s not an all white cast.  Excuse me while I stand up and cheer.  The easy route would have been to go ahead and cast all white actors, instead the team of mercenaries is led by Denzel Washington, and includes Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Martin Sensmeier.

I would have loved to see a woman in one of the cowboy roles, but I’ll take what I can get.

Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ and Columbia Pictures’ The Magnificent Seven. With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.

The Magnificent Seven stampedes into theaters September 23, 2016.

Directed by Antoine Fuqua.

Written by Richard Wenk and Nic Pizzolatto.

Starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett, and Peter Sarsgaard.


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