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The Magnificent Seven

Title Card - THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

CBS Network
1998- 1999
Drama
60 Minutes

This western adventure told the story of federal Judge Oren Travis (Robert Vaughn) who enlists the aid of seven men: a gunfighter, a preacher, a con man, a rogue, a thrill seeker, a drifter and a former slave to rid a frontier town of renegade ex-confederate soldiers.

Initially, Chris Larabee, the leader of the group recruits six other men to protect a Seminole village from a gang of renegade Confederate soldiers known as  the Ghosts of the Confederacy. When their job was finished (for which they were paid $35), the seven men joined forces with Judge Oren Travis to bring law and order to the town of Four Corners.

Cast of THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
JD, Josiah, Vin, Chris, Buck, Nathan, Ezra

Listen to Theme Music

Members of the Magnificent Seven included:

  • Michael Biehn as Chris Larabee, a gunfighter. He lost his wife and son in a fire and is on a mission to find their killers. Chris hates to be called a cowboy.
  • Eric Close as Vin Tanner, a Buffalo/Bounty Hunter who carries a sawed-off .44-40 caliber Winchester rifle.
  • Andrew Kavovit as John "J.D." Dunne, a former stable boy from back east who turned gunfighter. 
  • Dale Midkiff as Buck Wilmington, a flirtatious womanizer. He befriends JD and teaches him the tricks of the trade.
  • Ron Perlman as Josiah Sanchez, a former gunfighter turned preacher. His father was a missionary.
  • Anthony Starke as Ezra Standish, a gambler/con-artist. His dream is to own a saloon.
  • Rick Worthy as Nathan Jackson, a former slave and Civil War veteran with medical skills. He's a master with the knife and carries three strapped on his back.

Other friends of the Magnificent Seven included:

  • Laurie Holden as Mary Travis, the editor of the local newspaper and daughter-in-law to Judge Orrin Travis. Her son Bill is still  haunted by his father's murder.
  • Casey Wells as Dana Barron a local tomboy, and romantic interest of J.D.
  • Michelle Phillips as Maude Standish, Ezra's con-artist mother who taught him all his unethical ways which he is just now realizing were not so nice.
  • Siena Goines as Rain, a Seminole Indian girl and romantic interest of Nathan Jackson.

Cast of THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN on horseback


Favorite Quotes

JD: My name's JD Dunne, and I can ride. And I can shoot. (Shoots gun, startles his horse and falls)
Ezra: And he can fly! (JD jumps out of horse's way, falls into in water trough)
Buck: And he can swim, too!
 
Chris: You ran out on me once before. You wouldn't be thinking about doing that again, would you?
Ezra: I swear upon the grave of my sainted mother.
JD: Now, you told me your mother was still alive.
Ezra: Figure of speech.
Chris: Figure you're dead if you're lying.
 
Ezra:  Such a pity that I, as a convicted felon, will be unable to lend my services.
Judge:  Well, how about if you got a pardon?
Ezra:  Where do I sign?
 
Vin: How's your Spanish?
Chris: No bueno. Yours?
Vin: What's "no bueno" mean?
 
Josiah:  Satan's up to his old tricks again, eh?
Vin: Yup. Apparently he's using a .44 these days.
 
Buck: I hear we got trouble.
Chris: Would you be interested in partaking in a little show of force?
Buck:  "Show of force"? Well hell, that's my middle name.
 
Buck: Who is this guy?
Chris: Nobody. Leave him.
Buck: You mind if I just shoot him?
 
Chris: Well boys, what say we head over to the saloon and ponder the Judge's proposal?
Ezra: Wonderful idea.
Vin: Reckon I could use some pondering.
 
Ezra: Oh, you're an accomplished cheater, I'll give you that, but you're still a, uh... help me out here, Buck.
Buck: You are crookeder than a yellow-bellied snake making his way through a prickly pear patch.
Ezra: Thank you.
 
Maria: So, cowboy... what can I do for you?
Chris: You can start by not calling me cowboy.

TRIVIA NOTE: The series is based on the western movie classic The Magnificent Seven (1960) starring Yul Brynner. The movie was inspired by Akira Kurasawa's 1954 Japanese classic film The Seven Samurai

Cast of the 1960 feature film THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Robert Vaughn who played Judge Oren Travis on the series appeared as the gunfighter Lee (who dies) in the 1960 film.


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