April 12th, 2007 03:02 EST
Last Saturday was Lucky for The Magnificent Seven
They were seven men who fought like seven hundred.
Last Saturday starting at 8pm, Starz! Westerns played all four Magnificent Seven films, beginning with the one that started it all.
An American version of Seven Samurai, The Magnificent Seven follows seven men defending a Mexican village from a group of outlaws. The film was an all-star cast that features Yul Brynner as the man in black named Chris, Steve McQueen as Vin, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, and James Coburn.
Released in 1960, the film became an timeless Westen classic, launching several careers of these actors that went to carve out an niche in the action genre as strong, silent, loner tough guys who played by nobody's rules but their own.
The success of The Magnificent Seven leads to three sequels:
Return of the Seven (1966)
Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969)
The Magnificent Seven Ride! (1972)
The film also led to an television series on CBS (1998-2000) that lasted two seasons, but still has an devoted fan following. Season One of The Magnificent Seven is now available on DVD, and season two will be out soon. See why seven is such a lucky number with The Magnificent Seven, its sequels, and the TV series -- available on DVD.