The Making of The Magnificent Seven : Behind the Scenes of the Pivotal Western, Paperback / softback Book

The Making of The Magnificent Seven : Behind the Scenes of the Pivotal Western Paperback / softback


The story behind The Magnificent Seven could have been a movie in itself.

It had everything - an actors' strike, a writers' strike, interference by the Mexican government and a row between the screenwriters that resulted in one removing his name from the credits, all under the lingering gloom of post-McCarthy era Hollywood.

A flop on release, the film later became a box office hit. This book tells the behind-the-scenes story: how Yul Brynner became the biggest independent producer in Hollywood; why John Sturges was not the first choice after Brynner surrendered the director's chair; why Sturges quit; the truth about the Mirisch Company (producers); the details of the film's botched release and unlikely redemption; the creation of Elmer Bernstein's classic score; and how internecine fighting prevented the making of the television series in 1963.

Myths about Steve McQueen, his feud with Brynner and the scene-stealing antics of the cast are debunked.

A close examination of the various screenplay drafts and the writers' source material - Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai - shows who wrote what.

Extensive analysis of Sturges' directorial work is provided.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 288 pages, 79 photographs
  • Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Films, cinema
  • ISBN: 9780786496952

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