Seven Men From Now
Paramount Home Video
Review by: Larry Thomas
I'm going out on a limb here to give a 4-heart plug to a film I've
How, in good conscience, can I do this, you may ask?
Just call me an optimist, but I've been waiting for this one even longer
than King Kong, and it's not released until December 20. Seven
Men From Now was made in 1956 by John Wayne's production company,
and was the first (and many say the best) collaboration of star Randolph Scott
with director Budd Boetticher and writer Burt Kennedy. After this film, the
trio made three legendary westerns at Columbia (The Tall T, Ride
Lonesome and Comanche Station) that are among the best westerns
ever made. Unfortunately, none are on DVD, but they do turn up occasionally
on Turner Classic Movies.
Since Seven Men From Now was made independently for Wayne's
own company, the rights reverted to Wayne sometime in the 1970s and sat in the
vault, along with other Wayne-produced titles, until this year. Everyone was
excited about finally getting a restored DVD release of The High and The
Mighty, but Seven Men From Now is what I want for Christmas.
In addition to Scott, the film stars Gail Russell and Lee Marvin, and features
a newly-restored print via UCLA's film archives. I hope it lives up to