THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
DIRECTED BY ANTOINE FUQUA
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER WALTER MIRSCH
PIN HIGH PRODUCTIONS/LSTAR CAPITAL
VILLAGE ROADSHOW PICTURES/ESCAPE ARTISTS
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER WALTER MIRSCH
PIN HIGH PRODUCTIONS/LSTAR CAPITAL
VILLAGE ROADSHOW PICTURES/ESCAPE ARTISTS
Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in The Magnificent Seven.
With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue,
the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns.
As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming,
these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.
Denzel Washington ... Chisolm
Chris Pratt ... Josh Faraday
Ethan Hawke ... Goodnight Robicheaux
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Jack Horne
Byung-hun Lee ... Billy Rocks
Manuel Garcia-Rulfo ... Vasquez
Martin Sensmeier ... Red Harvest
Haley Bennett ... Emma Cullen
Peter Sarsgaard ... Bartholomew Bogue
Luke Grimes ... Teddy Q
Matt Bomer ... Matthew Cullen
Jonathan Joss ... Denali
Cam Gigandet ... McCann
Emil Beheshti ... Maxwell
Mark Ashworth ... Preacher
Billy Slaughter ... Josiah
Dodge Prince ... Anthony
Matthew Posey ... Hank Stoner
Carrie Lazar ... Leni Frankel
Jody Mullins ... Caleb Frankel
Clint James ... Fenton
Dane Rhodes ... Sheriff Harp
Ritchie Montgomery ... Gavin David
Sean Bridgers ... Fanning
William Lee Scott ... Moody
David Kallaway ... Turner / Blacksmith
Griff Furst ... Phillips
Alix Angelis ... Clara Winthrop (Teacher)
Sean Boyd ... Topper
Rob Mello ... Mine Paymaster
Walker Babington ... Dicky
TThomas Blake Jr. ... Earl
Ryan Brown ... Ken Pigeon
Derek Lacasa ... Len Pigeon
John Wylie ... Station Master
Chad Randall ... Bartender / Powder Dan
Kevin Wayne Kevin Wayne ... Monday Durant
Wally Welch ... Sheriff
Ed Lowry ... Stablemaster
David Manzanares ... Referee / Eddy
Dylan Kenin ... Cowboy
Kevin Wiggins ... Another Cowboy
Jackson Beals ... One Eyed Lucas
Miles Doleac ... Faraday Card Game #2
Heath Lemme ... Heath
Charles Bickham ... Rose Creek Boy
Chase Williams ... Undertaker's Assistant (as Gregory Chase Williams)
Fionn Camp ... Rose Creek Girl
and many, many more...
Akira Kurosawa ... (based on the screenplay by) &
Shinobu Hashimoto ... (based on the screenplay by) &
Hideo Oguni ... (based on the screenplay by)
Nic Pizzolatto ... (screenplay) and
Richard Wenk ... (screenplay)
Bruce Berman ... executive producer
Roger Birnbaum ... producer
Todd Black ... producer
Antoine Fuqua ... executive producer
Walter Mirisch ... executive producer
Kat Samick ... co-producer
Ben Waisbren ... executive producer
The horse that Chris Pratt rode in this film was the same horse in War Horse (2011).
According to director Antoine Fuqua, one of the reasons that Martin Sensmeier was cast as Native American Red Harvest was that Sensmeier had luxuriant, almost knee-length hair when he auditioned. Not having been told that this had been a selling point, Sensemeier cut his hair shortly thereafter. Fuqua was upset, but then had the idea for Sensmeier to have his hair cut into a Mohawk, which, fortunately, also turned out to be historically accurate.
James Horner worked on this film after he and Antoine Fuqua became close friends while making Southpaw (2015). According to Fuqua, Horner's team visited him on the film's set in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, one month after Horner's accidental death, to deliver the completed score. Horner had been so inspired after reading the script that he composed the entire score during pre-production.
When Red Harvest first appears, he speaks in Comanche, the language of his character. However, when he states, "My name is Red Harvest," it is in Tlingit, the language of Martin Sensmeier's Native (Alaskan) people.
Later in the movie, Chris Pratt uses a shortened lever-action rifle. This unique firearm (nicknamed "The Mare's Leg") was made popular by Steve McQueen in his series Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958). Pratt's character is McQueen's character from The Magnificent Seven (1960).
The theme song from the original The Magnificent Seven (1960) plays during the end credits.
This is one of the few Western movies where an actor's ethnicity matches their character's. Byung-hun Lee is East Asian (Korean), Martin Sensmeier is Native Alaskan (Tlingit) and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo was born in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Almost each time there is a shot of Vasquez, the Mexican cue is heard, which is a reused cue from James Horner's earlier score for The Mask of Zorro (1998).
Chris Pratt's character tells a story of a guy falling off a five-story building. At every floor the people hear him say, "So far, so good." This is an homage to Steve McQueen's character on the original The Magnificent Seven (1960) telling the same tale, except it was a ten-story building.
Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt were the first two actors cast. Antoine Fuqua knew that both men had expressed interest in appearing in a western. Getting Washington was easy, but Fuqua initially was unsure in which role Pratt would fit. On the second phone call between Fuqua and Pratt, the latter started to sing "Oh, Shenandoah", which Fuqua immediately declared that "Pratt is Steve McQueen".
The Gatling guns used in the time period of this film were chambered in .45-70 Government, which had a muzzle velocity of 1,600 feet per second, a 300-grain lead bullet, and had a range of well over a mile. In fact, the Army's standard target at the time the caliber was used was a 6x6 wooden target at 600 yards, well over the distance shown in this film, and the .45-70 round was also used to shoot buffalo in the late 1800s. So modest cover would not have saved you, and the range for the Gatling gun in the movie, was more than accurate.
The character name of "Red Harvest" is an homage to the Dashiell Hammett story of the same name, which Akira Kurosawa borrowed for the plot of his other great samurai tale, Yojimbo (1961). Kurosawa wrote the movie Seven Samurai (1954), upon which The Magnificent Seven (1960) is based. The Red Harvest plot was also used as the model for A Fistful of Dollars (1964).
Denzel Washington's first western.
The characters use explosives produced by the Giant Powder Company of San Francisco. The company began operations in 1868, as the U.S.'s first manufacturer of dynamite, under exclusive license granted personally by Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite.
Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke's third collaboration with Antoine Fuqua since Training Day (2001); Hawke co-starred in Brooklyn's Finest (2009), and Washington starred in The Equalizer (2014).
Jason Momoa was originally going to appear in the film. He dropped out due to his commitment with Aquaman (2018).
James Horner uses the same five-note French horn progression in parts of the score, notably the riding scenes, that he previously used in Avatar (2009).
The cabin where Jack Horne lives is also featured in True Grit (2010)
(where Cogburn kicks the Indians off the balcony), starring Jeff Bridges.
Some areas of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where filming took place, had to be re-landscaped to resemble the "Old West."
James Horner only wrote seven pieces for the film.
Wagner Moura was originally cast as Vasquez. The role was recast, because he was committed to film the Netflix show Narcos (2015), in which he plays Pablo Escobar.
Haley Bennett and Denzel Washington both previously starred together in The Equalizer (2014).
When Red Harvest said, "White man's food looks like dog food.", the line was spoken in Tlingit, but it did not match the translation. "Dleit shawáat" means "white woman".
Walter Mirisch was one of the most successful independent film producers in Hollywood in the 1960s. He worked alongside Yul Brynner, producer Lou Morheim, director John Sturges and screenwriter Walter Newman to get Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai (1954) remade in America. Many decades after its release, Mirisch still holds The Magnificent Seven (1960) in high regard.
Christian Bale was approached about a role.
This is Chris Pratt's first western.
Robert Vaughn passed away several weeks after the film's U.S. release.
The final screenwriting credits lists Nic Pizzolatto and Richard Wenk as the credited writers. John Lee Hancock rewrote Pazzolotto's script substantially, but was denied a writing credit by the WGA.
Although this film is not a straight remake of The Magnificent Seven (1960) and the characters have different names, parallels can be drawn between the two Sevens. Chris (Yul Brynner) was a black clothed gun for hire and leader of the team, as is Denzel's Sam; Steve McQueen's Vin was a broke gambling drifter as is Faraday played by Chris Pratt; Lee (Robert Vaughn) was a sharp shooter suffering from PTSD similar to Ethan Hawkes' Robicheaux; James Coburn's Britt is a lethal knife fighter as is Byung Hun Lee's Billy Rocks; Vasquez is the Mexican role played by Horst Buccholz though Buccholz's Chico was far less experienced than the character played here by Manuel Garcia Rulfo. Here however things become less obvious, Charles Bronson's Irish/Mexican character Bernado O'Reilly could be considered to have a somewhat Native appearance to tally with Martin Senmeier's Red Harvest and Brad Dexter's Harry was a large imposing man much like Vincent D'Onfrio's Jack Horne. These last two similarities could however be considered subjective.
The Battle of Antietam, where Goodnight earned the nickname "The Angel of Death," took place seventeen years before the Battle of Rose Creek.
Chris Pratt and Vincent D'Onofrio both starred in Jurassic World (2015). Pratt played Owen and D'Onofrio played Hoskins.
The location temperatures in Baton Rouge, Louisiana rose as high as 124 degrees Fahrenheit on some occasions.
Walter Mirisch was the Executive Producer of both this film, and the original The Magnificent Seven (1960).
The hairstyle sported by Red Harvest is a Mohawk, sometimes called a Mohican.
Both these terms are misnomers as neither the Mohawk, Mahican or Mohegan people wore this style,
they wore a roughly 3x3" square of hair at the back of the head.
The term Mohawk became popular after the Hollywood film 'Drums Along the Mohawk' (1939).
The more correct term is a Roach hairstyle and was worn by tribes that included the Caddo of east Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas and by the Pawnee of Nebraska and Kansas. It has been pointed out that Red Harvest's Comanche people were not known to wear this style as a rule but as the Comanche ranged a large territory which included Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma it is likely Red Harvest encountered Pawnee and Caddo on his travels and decided to adopt their aggressive looking hairstyle.
Chris Pratt appears in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), as well as Kurt Russell, whose father, Bing Russell appeared in The Magnificent Seven (1960).
Ethan Hawke and Vincent D'Onofrio previously starred together as brothers in The Newton Boys (1998), Little New York (2009), Brooklyn's Finest (2009) and Sinister (2012).
Chris Pratt and Vincent D'Onofrio have both appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), and D'Onofrio as Wilson Fisk/Kingpin in Daredevil (2015).
On March 29, 2015, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer set release for January 13, 2017. In August 2015, Sony Pictures Entertainment moved the release to September 23, 2016.
As a teenager, Antoine Fuqua was inspired to be a filmmaker after watching two films, The Magnificent Seven (1960) and Scarface (1983). He once said that he would lobby to do a remake of these films if there would be a plan to do so. Fortunately, he got his chance; producer Roger Birnbaum wanted to do a remake after leaving his position as co-chairman of MGM, saying the original film and its characters underline the theme of mortality, a theme that he holds after surviving a gastrointestinal tumor.
Tom Cruise was previously in talks to star.
Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, and Matt Damon were considered for parts.
Chris Pratt's horse is named Jack, the same name as his son in real life.
James Horner composed the soundtrack of Battle Beyond the Stars (1980), a futuristic retelling of Seven Samurai (1954)/The Magnificent Seven (1960).
Vasquez repeatedly calls Faraday 'Güero', so much so that Faraday asks what it means but receives no reply. In fact it is a Mexican racial slur meaning 'Whitey' in reference to an Anglo's pale skin. Considering the ethnic make up of the Seven in 1879 the fact that this is the only racial slur directed at any one of the Seven during the entire film is somewhat of an anachronism (the two former Confederates Faraday and Robicheaux and African American former Union man Chisholm would likely have at least some remaining animosity, and a Mountain Man who has taken "300 Comanche scalps" would certainly be an unhelpful presence to the Comanche member of the team and vice versa. As for the Asian, in 1879 every race looked down on them!) however, their mutual respect for each other as fighting men may go some way to explain this lack of racial tension.
Ethan Hawke's second western of 2016. The first was In a Valley of Violence (2016).
The film reunites Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, and Antoine Fuqua, from Training Day (2001).
In the original Westworld (1973), Yul Brynner's character was modeled after his character from the film The Magnificent Seven (1960). Chris Pratt appeared in Jurassic World (2015), which was also based on a story by Michael Crichton, about an amusement park gone wrong.
Near the end, Ethan Hawke in the bell tower says to Billy Rocks (played by Lee Byung-Hun), "let me tell you something my daddy once said", pauses and continues, "well he said so many things". This is an almost verbatim of a remark Bob Dylan made in his Grammy acceptance speech.
In the beginning of the film, Joshua Faraday encounters a man who calls himself the "Two-Gun Kid." Faraday is played by Chris Pratt, who also portrays Peter Quill (Star-Lord) in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), based on the characters from Marvel Comics. In the comics there is also a character named Two-Gun Kid, and he was even a member of the Avengers.
Antoine Fuqua's second PG-13 theatrical film.
Chris Pratt and Jonathan Joss (Denali) previously starred in Parks and Recreation as Andy Dwyer and Chief Ken Hotate.
This is Chris Pratt's second remake. His first was Delivery Man (2013).
Out of 109 cast listed for the movie, only nine are women.
This was Antoine Fuqua's first feature film to be rated M. His previous ones had been rated MA and R.
This is the second time Haley Bennett appeared in a movie using The Magnificent Seven (1960) theme. The first was Hardcore Henry (2015).
Robert Vaughn, who played Lee in The Magnificent Seven (1960), was not offered a cameo role in the film.
Chris Pratt's earlier film Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) had a similar theme, of violent but heroic misfits banding together to save helpless people from tyranny.
Byung-hun Lee 2nd Remake of a famous western movie. First were The Good, The Bad The Weird (2008) of The Good The Bad and The Ugly (1966) and Magnificent 7 (2016) of Magnificent 7 (1960)
The five horn progression that can be heard several times in James Horner's score is also used in Battle Beyond the Stars, also composed by Horner and a sci-fi remake of the Magnificent Seven.
Antoine Fuqua and Haley Bennett second film together.
Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington third film together.
Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke second film together.
Matt Bomer (Mathew Cullen) died at the beginning of the movie, even before his name appeared in the opening credits.
Right before the beginning of the battle day there is a short sequence where main characters are shown doing preparations while the church bell tolls. The bell tolls exactly for those who are going to die.
Matt Bomer is listed in the opening credits, even though he dies at the beginning of the film. Cam Gigandet, who plays a larger role, is not.
When the Magnificent Seven are heading to the village with Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett) and Teddy Q (Luke Grimes) they stop to camp for a night. It is there that Josh Faraday (Chris Pratt) offers to teach Teddy Q some shooting lesson in exchange for a few drinks of Teddy's whiskey. He uses a King of Hearts playing card to teach these lesson by having Teddy try to take the card from his hand. Faraday finally lets Teddy get the card , letting Teddy for a brief moment to think he has won, only to end the lesson by pulling out his gun, pointing it at Teddy and saying "it was never about the cards". This is hinting that if you aren't paying attention or if you let your guard down you'll lose. This is foreshadowing the end of the movie! At the end of the movie when Faraday is riding towards the Gatling gun he is shot and falls off his horse right next to the men and the gun. Now unarmed and with a cigar in his mouth he tries to light it but struggles. The man in charge of the gun shows temporary mercy by giving Faraday a light and as he does you can see the King of Hearts in Faraday's pocket hinting at Faraday's lesson to Teddy. The man then plans to kill Faraday, which he doesn't do because Faraday appears to die. Just like his lesson with Teddy Q, the men at the Gatling gun, for a brief moment, think they have won and let their guard down only to find out that they have given Faraday what he needed to light the dynamite and destroy the gun. Just like his lesson, "it was never about the cards". **This is also a goof because in one shot Faraday has the cards and in the next he doesn't.
Josh Faraday foreshadows the ending, when the gang finds explosives in a barn, and he says "I always wanted to blow something up".
Also contains spoiler for Training Day (2001): In Antoine Fuqua's earlier film Training Day, Denzel Washington dies and Ethan Hawke lives. In this film, it's the reverse: Washington lives and Hawke dies. Both were killed by automatic gunfire in their respective films.
Josh Faradays (Chris Pratt) last line in the film is, "I always been lucky with one eyed jacks." This could be a homage to the film One-Eyed Jacks (1961) Featuring Marlon Brando.
Part of the closing credits are a montage of the Magnificent Seven and their actor credits, which ends with a big red seven that contains the faces of the seven. The theme from The Magnificent Seven (1960) plays over this montage.
As the end credits and background images scroll up, occasional bullet holes appear on screen as if there were a scrolling sheet of glass in front of the images.
The opening credits appear as Sam Chisholm rides into town, with Denzel Washington's credit appearing just as Sam comes into view.
The beautiful widow's dress is very inviting to the viewer, but a respectable woman of the 1870's would never allow her upper torso, arms, or legs to be seen in public. That was the province of prostitutes.
As the crew ride into the mining operation to score some dynamite, a 45-starred American flag is flying on a wooden pole. That configuration flew from 1896 (admission of Utah) to 1907 (admission of Oklahoma). In 1879 the flag would have had only 38 stars.
Both the Seven and other male characters are a remarkably liberal group for 1879. The seven represent at least five different ethnic groups, and the only overt sign of bigotry in the film is Faraday's "Oh, good! We have a Mexican." The slur "redskin" was also used only once. The racism Billy Rocks faced was implied in a story. Chisolm gets lots of push-back, but apparently not based on his race. All of this not likely in that era.
The look of the Mohawk hairstyle which Red Harvest sports throughout the film is a modern one and not at all unique to the time period in which the film takes place. It is also very doubtful that a Native American out in the West would have facial paintings which look as clean and well-designed as his do.
When Faraday is telling the townspeople about Robicheaux's history, he says that he had "23 confirmed kills at Antietam." Since both men were Confederates, they would have referred to that battle as Sharpsburg, not Antietam.
Although Red Harvest is supposed to be Comanche, he sometimes speaks in Tlingit, the Alaskan language of actor Martin Sensmeier's native people.
When Red Harvest said, "White mans food looks like dog food" the line was spoken in Tlingit but it did not match the translation. "Dleit shawáat" means white woman.
Red Harvest, being a Comanche would not be in the Northern California setting of the film at/around the time of its setting (1879) . By this time warfare and disease had reduced the Comanche people to slightly less than 3,000 individuals in their stronghold of West Texas, with a few hundred living with other tribes in Northern Mexico. As a people they were very nearly extinct. Additionally, the Comanche were both warlike and xenophobic which made it difficult for them to deal with other Native tribes. Red Harvest would be unlikely to be so far from or very welcome if he were.
During an inventory of kills after the initial major shoot up, four of the seven claim 6,6,5 and 7 respectively (24). Bogue when confronted with the news in Sacramento states that 22 of his men were lost. Of course, Faraday's claim of seven kills may have been just braggadocio on his part.
Despite hundreds of shots and explosions, only men's bodies are seen on the ground and no dead or wounded horses.
In a long shot of the damaged Church bell tower the re-instated bell is seen way above head height but in a tighter shot the bell is shown much lower.
When Bogue is in Sacramento and the Seven are helping the townspeople prepare for battle, a dedicated shot depicts them removing the Bogue banner from the outside of the mining office in town. In a subsequent scene, the banner is in place.
When Matthew Cullen is stood outside the church with his arms round his wife, he throws his hat to the floor. The camera angle changes and its back in his hand before it flicks back to the original angle where he's not holding it again.
When Josh Faraday retrieves a cigarette when on his knees, you can see some cards visible in his pocket. In the next shot the cards are gone.
In the opening scene, as the gang is busy leaving, the size of the fire on the church changes between the wide shot and the close-up shot of the woman crying over her husband.
When Billy Rocks and Sam Chisolm are entering Rose Creek for the first time, the priest is seen entering the church (from afar). Soon after, the scene changes and shows the priest closing a gate outside the church.
Errors in geography
The locations named in the film (Sacramento and Amador City) if assumed to be representing the actual places in California, have no scenery like what we see. (The film was shot in Arizona and New Mexico.)
The one time we see Chisolm reload his Colt Single Action Army revolver, he flips open the loading gate and spins the cylinder upside down which quickly dumps his empty shells to the ground. Spent shells would not be able to loosely fall out of the cylinder like that due to the pressure of firing the bullet causing the mouth of the cartridge to swell and basically get stuck in the cylinder. He would have needed to use the ejector rod to punch the shell out. However, it's Hollywood, and that looked way cooler than having to eject a single shell at a time.
Like most westerns, this film depicts the characters repeatedly "fanning" their revolvers to get off multiple shots very quickly. While it appears to be effective and accurate, for all practical purposes, it is quite the opposite. For one, holding the trigger back and slapping the hammer with the opposite hand (fanning) is very hard on the action of the gun and unless they had a gunsmith custom build their guns to withstand that punishment, they would have broken within a few reloads. Second, the accuracy of fanning from the hip would be horrendous unless one spent countless hours practicing, and even then, to hit multiple targets running and on horseback and while under fire, would be quite a feat indeed.
The so-called "Mohawk" hairstyle, worn by Red Harvest, is most definitely not anachronistic! It was, in fact, commonplace for nineteenth century tribesmen of the Pawnee Nation to wear similar hairstyles. So, Red Harvest might have been half-Comanche/half-Pawnee (both tribes had factions resident within 19th century Kansas). Perhaps even born out of wedlock (a marriage between members of the same clan, even though of different tribes, was considered illegitimate).
Incorrectly regarded as goofs
Red Harvest, a Comanche (from Texas or near it) has a New York Mohawk hair style in the film. The Comanche never cut their hair in the style of a Mohawk. However, he does claim to be sort of an outcast and could have decided to cut his hair that way just because he could.
The year is 1879 and all of the actors have perfect looking teeth which wasn't characteristic of that time period. People back then in fact had rotted or no teeth. (This is not necessarily true. While dentistry in 1879 was not on par with that of the 21st century, rotting teeth are rarely common in any area as they are a source of illness and pain and are removed when they cause problems. And while many people had missing teeth, very few had no teeth at all. As with today, most people with missing teeth lost their molars first and then later their visible teeth)
In a close up shot of the shells under the Gatling gun, we can see that it is firing blanks.
When 'Goodnight Robicheaux' is killed, he smashes through the railing of the belfry, slides down and off the roof, and hits the ground. A few scenes later, the belfry railing is intact.
Early in the movie when Faraday tells Chisolm "Pity. I had just ordered a drink from him." (after Chisolm shot the wanted bartender), Chisolm pushes a drink across the bar towards Faraday. The camera cuts between the two characters a few times, and after the final cut just before Chisolm exits the bar, the drink is no longer on the bar at all.
Crew or equipment visible
When 'Goodnight Robicheaux' is killed, he smashes through the railing of the belfry, slides down and off the roof, and hits what is obviously a stunt board on the ground, kicking up dust.
When Bogue returns from Sacramento, his mini-army numbers perhaps 70, with distinct boundaries to the lateral column of men, at least in the wide shots. In the ensuing battle at least 70 are seen being shot or blown off their horses prior to Bogue requesting "the wagon", whilst many more subsequently appear to die. This does not preclude reinforcements being bought in from off screen, but no indication is given where they all came from
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