Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.
Akira Kurosawa's ancestors were samurai, roughly up to 100 years before he made this film.
We'll take this place next.
Bandit Chief: We took it last autumn. They haven't got anything worth taking yet. Let's wait.
In the closing moments of the final battle, the bandits fire two musket shots only seconds apart. It is clear from the plot that at that point they possess only one musket. The black powder muskets of the age required much more time to reload. This error was pointed out in the commentary of the deluxe DVD edition.
Initial Japanese release at 206 minutes plus intermission. Initial U.S.A. release as 'The Magnificent Seven' in November, 1956, with English subtitles, running time 158 minutes. Landmark Films U.S.A. release in December 1982, running time 203 minutes. Later U.S.A. releases by Avco-Embassy Pictures, Janus Films, and Films Incorporated, running time 208 minutes. Home video version running time 206 minutes.
$21,830 (USA) (1 September 2002)
$269,061 (USA) (31 August 2003)
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