The Magnificent Seven | Chicago Reader

The Magnificent Seven

Director Antoine Fuqua proves that the western is far from dead with this rousing update of John Sturges's 1960 classic (itself adapted from Akira Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai). Denzel Washington plays the unflappable leader of a ragtag, ethnically diverse band of gunslingers (Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier) hired to protect a frontier town from a predatory capitalist and venal lawmen. Cinematographer Mauro Fiore makes ample use of New Mexico's mountains and buttes in his widescreen frames, and a score by Simon Franglen and James Horner rumbles ominously, like thunder on the plains. The only jarring element is Peter Sarsgaard, over-the-top as the megalomaniacal villain.



  • Antoine Fuqua


  • Denzel Washington
  • Chris Pratt
  • Ethan Hawke
  • Vincent D'Onofrio
  • Byung-hun Lee
  • Manuel Garcia-Rulfo
  • Martin Sensmeier
  • Haley Bennett
  • Peter Sarsgaard
  • Luke Grimes
  • Matt Bomer
  • Jonathan Joss
  • Cam Gigandet
  • Emil Beheshti
  • Mark Ashworth
  • Billy Slaughter
  • Dodge Prince
  • Matthew Posey
  • Carrie Lazar


  • Roger Birnbaum
  • Todd Black
  • Walter Mirisch
  • Antoine Fuqua
  • Bruce Berman
  • Ben Waisbren

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