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Randolph Scott is a former sheriff who tracks seven men through the desert in an effort to avenge his wife's murder.
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Budd Boetticher
Produced by: John Wayne
- Commentary by James Kitses, Film Historian and Author of "Horizons West: Anthony Mann, Budd Boetticher, Sam Pechinpah"
- Widescreen Version enhanced for 16:9 TVs
- Dolby Digital (English Mono)
- English Subtitles
You don't want anybody synopsizing the story for you; there's little of it, really, yet how it's told makes it complex and compelling. We know, from a memorable first scene, that Scott is hunting down seven men who did something terrible. He will be thrown together with several other characters, including Lee Marvin as an affable but deadly rascal with whom he shares some history. Everybody has private reasons to be traveling through Apache country. Savor every syllable of the laconic dialogue, what people say and what they don't quite say--what they think they understand about one another's motives, except that that understanding keeps getting rearranged.
Seven Men from Now went missing after Wayne's death in 1979 threw the Batjac library into limbo. (Its success had inspired Scott, Boetticher, and Kennedy to collaborate on three other remarkable Westerns--The Tall T (1957), Ride Lonesome (1959), and Comanche Station (1960)--which, because they weren't made for Batjac, we've had little trouble seeing over the years.) The movie became legendary, a Holy Grail for film buffs. Now, with a beautiful restoration on DVD, it gets to be a movie again. A great one. --Richard T. Jameson