|"I know I look nothing like George Kennedy or Yul Brynner.|
Just go with it."
“The living need us more."
1) Maybe it’s because Lee Van Cleef is a different kind of actor than either Yul Brynner or George Kennedy, but his Chris Allen is a lot more ruthless and near-unfeeling in his deadpanedness. At times, his attitude is downright offputting.
2) Even though it all happens off-screen, this film is awful rapey. Not only is it implied strongly that villain Del Toro and his men have had their way with the women of Magdelena, but it’s explicitly stated that Mariette Hartley’s Arietta was violated before she was killed.
3) And speaking of Del Toro--because the character doesn’t appear until literally the last moment, we’re never given the sense of him the previous films gave us of their bad guys. As a result, he’s a paper tiger, a target for the seven to shoot at.
4) I don’t care how hard you try, it’s impossible to make the sight of our heroes’ horses strolling along around an uncovered wagon look majestic.
|"Watch it...critics right around this corner. And they ain't|
6) By having the kid Chris holds partially responsible for Arietta’s death killed (off screen) by someone else, it sort of blunts the character’s arc. If they had allowed the kid to be a part of Del Toro’s gang and confront Chris in the climax, the film would have had a more satisfying spine.
7) This film is so...drab. The main characters are dressed not in the easily definable, colorful outfits of previous films in the series, but in dark, lookalike clothing.
|"You gals are mighty white..."|
9) You know what would have made it easier to tell the seven apart? Saying their names more than once, and even then in an offhanded way.
10) Gee, it’s nice to know that Chris gets over the death of his pregnant wife quick enough to take up with Stephanie Powers. Good way to engender character sympathies, writers.
Overall...a tired, dull and lackluster last entry in the series with just enough of a scuzzy edge to it to make it unappealing.