Return of the Magnificent Seven

1966

Action / Western

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 13%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 38%
IMDb Rating 5.5 10 3087

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Yul Brynner as Chris
Claude Akins as Frank
Warren Oates as Colbee
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Uriah43 5 / 10

Didn't Quite Measure Up to Its Predecessor

Several years after their heroic defense of a small Mexican village "Chris" (Yul Brynner) is told that a group of about 50 gunmen have ridden into the town and taken all of the men to an undisclosed location in the desert. Wanting to help his friend "Chico" (played by Julian Mateos) who was one of the men taken and a former member of the initial Magnificen Seven, Chris sets about recruiting men to come to assist him in his efforts to free them. Naturally, with time being an important factor, Chris begins his search for tough gunmen in the most obvious placeā€”a Mexican prison. Sure enough, he finds a couple there and with a little luck adds a few more before setting off to find the hombres responsible. But this time they can expect nobody else to help them. Now, rather than reveal any more I will just say that, other than Yul Brynner, there were no actors of a similar stature to lend their support. In any case, while this wasn't a bad film necessarily, it didn't quite measure up to its predecessor and I have rated it accordingly. Average.

Reviewed by classicsoncall 7 / 10

"I never thought I'd come back."

There are so many iterations of 'The Magnificent Seven' that whenever one pops up on cable I have to check whether I've seen it before or not. This one turns out to be the actual sequel to the original film, but it ran as "Return of the Seven" on Encore Westerns, so that was another element of confusion. With Yul Brynner in the cast though, at least there was some connection to the earlier film.

I can't say I'm surprised that Brynner didn't want Steve McQueen to appear in this follow up film. McQueen gave the star fits on the set of "The Magnificent Seven" every time he improvised some little mannerism designed to draw attention to himself at the expense of the leading man. By contrast, Robert Fuller was virtually colorless in replacing McQueen's character Vin; you almost didn't consider him to be the second in command.

As for the rest, Warren Oates stood out mainly by virtue of considering himself a ladies' man, an idea I found I had to force myself to acknowledge for the sake of the story but it made me chuckle throughout. But he did prove to be a stand up guy for the heroes, he made it a point to stay strong for the mission after the village elder tried to convince Chris (Brynner) that he should give up the fight.

The only other character of note here was portrayed by Claude Akins in a role not unlike the one he had in the same year's "Incident at Phantom Hill". In that one, Akins decided it was a pretty good idea to attack six Cheyenne Indians all by himself with disastrous results. Here he decided to step in front of Brynner's character when he was about to get shot by the Mexican outlaw Lorca (Emilio Fernandez). Not a good career move if this were real life.

Reviewed by Scott LeBrun 7 / 10

"I'll be damned." "I doubt that very much."

It's inevitable that any sequel to a classic like "The Magnificent Seven" is going to represent a drop in quality. The script (by Larry Cohen) is definitely on the routine side, and its gallery of characters are mostly nondescript. There's still entertainment value in the "assembling men for a mission" theme, and some of the actors here get a chance to shine. Burt Kennedy's direction is certainly adequate, and the action scenes are well executed.

Yul Brynner returns to the role of Chris. He's approached by Petra (Elisa Montes), the wife of Chico (Julian Mateos), a former member of the Seven. Petras' and Chicos' village is raided by a group of bandits who kill some of the men, but abduct most of them for some unknown purpose. The villain responsible is Lorca (Emilio Fernandez), who is not an entirely unsympathetic character. Chris reunites with Vin (Robert Fuller, taking over for Steve McQueen), and brings together associates such as Frank (Claude Akins), Colbee (Warren Oates), and Luis (Virgilio Teixeira); he's also joined by the hard luck young man Manuel (Jordan Christopher).

Admittedly, this setup was indeed more fun with the original gang of characters, who had a little more personality than this bunch. That's not to say that guys like Akins and especially Oates don't have their moments. Oates is certainly a joy in the role of a shameless horn dog. Fernandez is good, but again, he's no match for his predecessor Eli Wallach. Fuller is reasonably likable, but he's no Steve McQueen. At least there's a nice part for Fernando Rey as the well meaning priest who disapproves of Lorcas' methods.

Elmer Bernsteins' theme music still resonates, and the widescreen photography is first rate. The pacing is adequate; this is the shortest of the "Seven" films at a fairly trim 96 minute run time.

Decent entertainment for undemanding Western fans.

Seven out of 10.

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