The Magnificent Seven

Starring just about every hunky male heartthrob the Mirisch Company could get its hands on, this 1960 revisionist western blazed a new trail for the once pulpy, low-budget cow-poke genre by casting Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn and Robert Vaughn as seven shady gunmen hired to defend a small Mexican village from bandito, Polish-Jewish Eli Wallach. While the film proved a box office disappointment at the time, later years placed it firmly into the hearts of millions, and the testosterone-laden thrill-fest is now the most broadcast film on television in history—second only to The Wizard of Oz. Just remember, they were only seven, but they fought like 700, and without magic ruby slippers.

Wed., March 6, 7:30 p.m., 2013

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