Seven Samurai (1954) *****

What more can be said, really...?

Well, one thing - I think the wisest move that the makers of The Magnificent Seven made was to add a heavy "baddie" character (Eli Wallach). It works for that film.

I guess I could say one more thing and maybe some will consider it blasphemous, but I think 7 Sam could have been shorter, probably by about 30-45 mins (it's 3 & 1/2 hours long). Don't get me wrong, it earns it's 5 stars from me; it is and will always be one of the greatest, most important and influential films of all time, but it could have been trimmed. It's definitely easier to just pop in most of Akira Kurosawa's other films (which average at just over 2 hours long).

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