Seven Men from Now

Neither as bleak nor as concise as the greatest collaborations between Scott and Boetticher (The Tall T, Ride Lonesome, Comanche Station), their first outing together nevertheless remains a terrific B Western. Scott is beautifully assured as Ben Stride, vengefully hunting down the men who killed his wife during a robbery, while Larch and (most especially) Marvin are memorable as the outlaws he encounters out in the desert, keen to get their hands on a gold shipment secretly being carried by a couple from back east. Burt Kennedy's script is characteristically terse and witty, William Clothier's camerawork sharp and direct, and Boetticher's direction a model of inventive economy.

Release details

Duration: 78 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Budd Boetticher
Screenwriter: Burt Kennedy
Cast: Randolph Scott
Gail Russell
Lee Marvin
Walter Reed
John Larch
Donald Barry
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Wild Bill Harding

This superlative little movie shows what can be done with a script that carries not an ounce of fat. The cast is beyond superb, each one carrying his or her sadness and regret deep in the soul. Performers in a Budd Boetticher movie convey more in a glance than others do in a page of dialogue. Randolph Scott looks like one of the weathered rocks in Lone Pine's Alabama Hills. If one compares Boetticher's greatest films - Seven Men From Now, Ride Lonesome, The Tall T and Comanche Station with John Ford's west, Ford comes out looking overblown and hysterical. Just look at the knockabout silliness in The Searchers if you don't know what I mean!

Wild Bill Harding

This superlative little movie shows what can be done with a script that carries not an ounce of fat. The cast is beyond superb, each one carrying his or her sadness and regret deep in the soul. Performers in a Budd Boetticher movie convey more in a glance than others do in a page of dialogue. Randolph Scott looks like one of the weathered rocks in Lone Pine's Alabama Hills. If one compares Boetticher's greatest films - Seven Men From Now, Ride Lonesome, The Tall T and Comanche Station with John Ford's west, Ford comes out looking overblown and hysterical. Just look at the knockabout silliness in The Searchers if you don't know what I mean!