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7 men from now
- kevin sellers
Great western. Director Budd Boetticher is truly a master of pacing. There is not a wasted moment in this film. And several of the scenes, like the opening one, with Randolph Scott and two of the eponymous seven men drinking coffee at the campfire in the rain, and the scene in the covered wagon (also involving coffee in the rain)where Lee Marvin tries to and succeeds in getting under Randolph Scott's skin, have a gut tightening tension about them. Throw in William Clothier's wonderful cinematography, which captures both the beauty and the harshness of the landscape around Lone Pine, Calif, and Burt Kennedy's fine, laconic dialogue and you can see why this film is considered a classic of the genre. Performances aint bad, either. Randolph Scott, Gail Russell, Don Barry, John Larch, and Walter Reed all do solid work. The star of the show, however, as in all Boetticher westerns, is the villain, this time played with oleaginous, sardonic, needling perfection by Lee Marvin. Indeed, Marvin is so good that you're sorry when he's killed by Scott at the end. Give it an A. P.S. I read that John Wayne was thinking of playing Randolph Scott's role, instead of Ethan Edwards in "The Searchers." I think we can all be grateful that he didn't.
In the top 10 of all time westerns
Maybe one of the finest Westerns ever made. It is fast, powerful andhas an amzing cast.It is in the pantheon of 5 westerns made by Randolph Scott, Burt Kennedy and Budd Boetticher and by far the best.A sparse 78 minutes of beauitfully photographed, expertly written brilliantly acted film making.The major thrills of this film are the comeback appearance of the gorgeous Gail Russell and the early appearance of Lee Marvin as the villian of the piece.Don't miss this classic.
A Great Movie from a Great Actor
This is simply the greatest western movie ever made with arguably the greatest western actor ever. The efforts by all involved in this movie are beyond paralell.
A Great Westerner
This is one of those films that keeps your eyes and attention glued to the television. A great cast of characters... memerable and intresting-- Randolph Scott shows the talents, that many are not capable of for this genre. His natural way of acting was like he really was from that time and that very character he played. He deserves the "Star of the month" recognition with all the fine work he has done.
This is one of the finest westerns ever made. If you consider yourself a fan of the genre or a fan of Randolph Scott, having this movie in your library is an absolute must.
Saw the restoration of this...
It was excellent - created by Bob Gitt at the UCLA Film Archives. If you haven't seen it, check it out.