Billen, Andrew, New Statesman (1996)
ANDREW BILLEN on a magnificent rip-off of Kurosawa's masterpiece
As a plot, The Magnificent Seven's was so magnificent that it came near to replacing all others in the genre for ever. From Battle Beyond the Stars in 1980 (which starred Robert Vaughan, one of the original seven) to A Bug's Life 18 months ago--not to mention the entire Star Wars cycle and minor league players such as the BBC's Blake's 7--it sometimes seems as if there is no action-adventure that does not star a bunch of good guy mercenaries saving a pusillanimous outpost from a rather larger bunch of bandits. Should Sierra Leone ever sort itself out, expect a movie called The Magnificent Sandline.
Notwithstanding that, by the end of it, just three of the original seven were left standing and one of them opted …
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Publication information: Article title: Uncle Sam-Urai. Contributors: Billen, Andrew - Author. Magazine title: New Statesman (1996). Volume: 129. Issue: 4487 Publication date: May 22, 2000. Page number: 49. © Not available. COPYRIGHT 2000 Gale Group.