The director Late John Struges (3 January 1911 – 18 August 1992) was an American director. He was practically known as the dean of action movie during the 50s and 60s. Without a doubt the man directed some good work before he left this world. Some of his amazing movies include The Magnificent Seven itself, Marooned, The Great Escape and Ice Station Zebra. He started his career in Hollywood as an editor and then turned into a director later after the Second World War, where he used to direct documentaries and training movies for the US Air Corps. He was nominated for an Oscar in 1955 as “Best Director” for a suspense film called “Bad Day at Black Rock”.
The storyline of The Magnificent Seven goes like; a Mexican village is robbed from time to time by some gangster group. The leader of the gang Calvera promises he will be back in that village to rob people and the villagers tired of becoming a victim by those gangsters finally decide they should step up for themselves and start defending themselves, their homes and their village. Unfortunately, there is no gunmen or fighters residing in the village so the farmers who live there are the only ones to defend their town. Desperate to protect their village the farmers travel to a border town to get themselves some guns where they find a professional gunslinger Chris played by Yul Brynner. He tells them that they won’t be able to defend the town instead they will end up caving in or dieing because none of them is a professional gunman.
The farmers motivate Chris, the gunslinger to train them for their battle. At first he denies the offer but is later on convinced. Only seven farmers are chosen to be trained for this battle as not everyone has the aptitude for it. The Magnificent Seven includes Lee (Robert Vaughn), Britt (James Coburn), Chris himself, Harry Luck (Brad Dexter), Chico (Horst Buchholz), Bernardo O'Reilly (Charles Bronson) and Vin (Steve McQueen) The farmers return to the village and so the training of the men begins. The farmers and the gunslinger start to bond and form a connection. When the bandit’s return they are disappointed to see that the villagers have hired a gunmen. But that does not bring their morals down and they attack the village the second time. The Magnificent Seven fights bravely fighting the gang to defend their village. Four of the samurai’s die protecting the village and the villagers. Only three from The Magnificent Seven survives.
“The Magnificent Seven” is a nonstop entertainment that is highly recommended. It’s a perfect classic, executed brilliantly. The work of the cast and director is significant. This movie inspired three sequels to be made on the same story line namely Return of the Seven (1966), Guns of The Magnificent Seven (1969) and The Magnificent Seven Ride (1972).