A capable cast led by George Kennedy helps make this third-go round for the Magnificent Seven franchise a worthwhile adventure for Western fans. Kennedy is a more-than-capable replacement for Yul Brynner as Chris, who must round up a new Seven to help rescue a revolutionary leader (Fernando Rey) held captive by a sadistic military leader (Michael Ansara, adding another notch to his long list of villains). Comparisons to the original Magnificent Seven are inevitable, and while Guns doesn't match up in terms of scope or quality of writing, the solid cast--which includes James Whitmore, Joe Don Baker, and Bernie Casey as members of the new Seven--overcomes any limitations by delivering energetic performances; the Spanish locations and veteran TV director Paul Wendkos's nods to spaghetti Western conventions are also a plus. --Paul Gaita
The Magnificent Seven ride again in this "fast-moving follow-up" (Variety) to one of the greatest Western sagas in film history. Academy AwardÂ(r) winner* George Kennedy (Cool Hand Luke) and James Whitmore (The Shawshank Redemption) take the reins for a bold, sweeping adventure that delivers nonstop excitement! When notorious desperado Chris Adams (Kennedy) is offered a huge reward to free a young Mexican revolutionary from prison, he must first assemble a cutthroat team of frontier warriors. Together, these daring gunslingers embark on the adventure of their livesand discover a cause worth more than a fortune in gold.