I can't believe some of the low reviews this film has gotten! I think it is because so many people who have seen THE SEVEN SAMURAI, have a hard time separating this film from that film. I like to think of them as two different films, based on the same story and judge each on their own merits. This film gives me chills down my spine everytime I see it. I honestly am compelled throughout. Two things I will mentioned, as I could just repeat what all the other favorable reviews said. Charles Bronson's relationship with the young Mexican boys is very endearing. One of his best performances, and a precursor to his later efforts. Plus, everyone else seems to over look the actor, Horst Buchholz, who plays Chico. He is so good in this and deserves some credit as well. One of his earliest performances that was seen by American audiences. This man was often referred to as the German James Dean. One of his last seen by American film goers, was as the kind German Officer in Life Is Beautiful (He passed away in 2003). Just thought with all the talk about those really cool dudes in this film, Brenner, McQueen, Bronson, etc. Horst deserved a mention.