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Hi Jeff. I tried to watch this a little while ago for the first time in years. Tried and failed. To me it was just too silly. So I had to read this review after you mentioned it in your recent comment. Is your review the triumph of nostalgia over objectivity? Let me make it absolutely clear there are poor movies I love out of all proportion to how good they are. Two examples are Danny Kaye's The Five Pennies and Stewart's Thunder Bay. I really love both films - not just quite fond of them like I am of Wayne's The Train Robbers. It's something personal that I assume is to do with childhood and nostalgia. Thunder Bay is Anthony Mann as you know but I know it's not The Man From Laramie or Man Of The West. You assert - and you've every right to - it's John Sturges's greatest western. Even if for sake of argument Bad Day At Black Rock isn't counted surely even Last Train From Gun Hill is better. Of course, in the end it's all subjective. I am rating Last Train From Gun Hill for it's relatively realistic depiction of the characters and their motivation. I said earlier that The Magnificent Seven was too silly for me but the characters in Thunder Bay are much more silly and I love it. Paul
I hope it isn't just the dreaded nostalgia (which anyway isn't what is used to be). The movie is so full of energy and pzazz, and the characters are so COOL. The swirling action. The great lines. The chief goody dressed all in black. I could go on and on. I'm sorry you didn't like it. It is my mission to make The Mag 7 universally loved and admired, preferably studied at school and given posthumous Oscars.Jeff
Jeff, did you see the remake from 2016? I felt that it was 3.95 revolvers out of 5.
Yes. I reviewed it back then. See https://jeffarnoldblog.blogspot.com/2017/04/the-magnificent-seven-mgmcolumbia-2016.htmlI gave it three revolvers!Jeff
Jeff, I was looking into your James Coburn westerns list and I did not find the more or less parodic comedy Waterhole #3 released in the late 1960s. I mostly remember the cast with Bruce Dern, James Whitmore, Claude Akins, Carroll O'Connor or Joan Blondell playing a Madame. Coburn was a joyful rapist chased by his victim wishing to marry him... Other non politically correct issues with soldiers robbing gold bars like in the war film Kelly's Heroes which was going much farther on cynism... JM
Yes, I may review that soon. Not my favorite Western, though, I must admit.Jeff