The Making of The Magnificent Seven: Behind the Scenes of the Pivotal Western

The Making of The Magnificent Seven: Behind the Scenes of the Pivotal Western

By: Brian Hannan (author)Paperback

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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.

About Author

Brian Hannan specializes in films of the 1960s and Hitchcock. He writes a regular column for Cinema Retro magazine and for the No Grey Areas website. He lives in Scotland, UK.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780786496952
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9780786496952
  • ISBN10: 0786496959

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