Return of the Seven

Filmed in Spain by Mirisch, Return of the Seven is an unsatisfactory followup to John Sturges' The Magnificent Seven. Yul Brynner, sole holdover thesp, stars in a plodding cliche-ridden script.

With:
Yul Brynner Robert Fuller Julian Mateos Warren Oates Claude Akins Elisa Montes

Filmed in Spain by Mirisch, Return of the Seven is an unsatisfactory followup to John Sturges’ The Magnificent Seven. Yul Brynner, sole holdover thesp, stars in a plodding cliche-ridden script.

Dreary screenplay reunites Brynner and two other members of the Sturges septet – Robert Fuller evidently in the old Steve McQueen part, and Julian Mateos filling the former Horst Buchholz role – when the latter is dragooned by Emilio Fernandez, psychotic Mexican rancher who enslaves local farmers to rebuild a village. Four new characters are recruited – girl-chasing Warren Oates, brooding Claude Akins, suave Virgilio Texeira and juvenile Jordan Christopher, latter in a dim dramatic feature debut.

Under Burt Kennedy’s limp direction, players walk through their predictable dialog while rescuing Mateos, and provoking the long-awaited showdown with Fernandez. Elisa Montes is okay as Mateos’ wife, and Fernando Rey is competent in a thankless role of a prayer-mumbling priest.

Return of the Seven

Production: Mirisch. Director Burt Kennedy; Producer Ted Richmond; Screenplay Larry Cohen; Camera Paul Vogel; Editor Bert Bates; Music Elmer Bernstein; Art Director Jose Alguero

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1966. Running time: 95 MIN.

With: Yul Brynner Robert Fuller Julian Mateos Warren Oates Claude Akins Elisa Montes

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