The Magnificent Seven - Milestones

This 1960 American film is a third shorter and two thirds less subtle than its 1954 Japanese inspiration. It's a cultural thing.

I've got two milestone charts for this one, because the opening credits begin on a static scene. The first chart excludes the opening credits. The second chart includes them. The important difference lies in the First Pinch Point. The second chart has a clear one. The first chart doesn't.

In both charts, the Hook gives us banditos threatening to return to a poor farming village to steal the crop still in the fields.

In both charts, the Inciting Incident involves Chris and Vin bravely and benevolently driving a hearse to the town cemetery.

In both charts, the First Plot Turn involves Brett winning a knife-versus-pistol-drawing match with an aggressive opponent.

In the first chart, the First Pinch Point sees the Seven watching the villagers celebrate the harvest. In the second chart, Chico berates the villagers for hiding from the gunmen who have come to save them. The American film makes much more of the villagers' ambivalence and cowardice than does the Japanese film.

In both charts, at the Midpoint, some of the gunmen sit down to a hearty meal during which they learn that the villagers are sacrificing greatly in order to provide for the defenders.

In both charts, the Second Pinch Point sees the defenders dealing with three snipers.

In both charts, the Second Plot Turn finds Chico reporting that the banditos are too desperate to be deterred.

In both charts, the Deciding Incident sees the gunmen being conducted out of the village after a betrayal by the villagers' fearful leader.

In both charts, the Conclusion sees Chris and Vin riding off while Chico remains to be with Peta. The other gunmen have all been killed defending the vilage.

 

Minute Calc Dec Min Min:Sec Milestones Quote Range MaL Range MiL Range MiH Range MaH
End minute 1.50 1:3 Hook Calvera and his banditos raid a Mexican village for supplies and promise to come back for more.     5:26 9:23
127.6 17.26 17:16 Inciting Incident The traveling salesman who insisted on burying a dead Indian on the hill buys Chris and Vin a drink. 9:23 13:19 21:12 25:09
First minute 33.03 33:015 Plot Turn 1 Brett claims he won the knife vs. pistol draw. 25:09 29:05 36:58 40:54
1.5 48.79 48:47 Pinch 1 The Seven watch the village's celebrations. 40:54 44:51 52:44 56:4
Preminutes 64.55 64:33 Midpoint Bernardo reviews the menu. 56:4 60:37 68:29 72:26
1.5 80.31 80:19 Pinch 2 Chris and Vin go up a hill after three snipers. 72:26 76:22 84:15 88:12
Minute total 96.08 96:04 Plot Turn 2 Chico reports that Calvera and his men are starving and broke and therefore desperate enough to face the Seven. 88:12 92:08 100:01 103:57
126.1 111.84 111:5 Deciding Incident The Seven are conducted out of the village. 103:57 107:54 115:47 119:43
  127.60 127:36 Conclusion In the course of finally killing all the banditos, Harry, Lee, Brett and Bernardo are killed. Chico remains with Peta. Chris and Vin ride off. 119:43 123:4    
Av Distance                
15.7625                
Min Range                
3.94                
Max Range                 
7.88                
                 
End minute 0.00 0 Hook Calvera and his banditos raid a Mexican village for supplies and promise to come back for more.     3:56 7:53
127.6 15.95 15:57 Inciting Incident After disarming two of the men who try to stop him and Vin from bringing a dead Indian to the cemetery, Chris calls for six men to carry the coffin to its grave. 8:04 12:01 19:53 23:5
First minute 31.90 31:54 Plot Turn 1 Brett describes the conditions for his knife vs. p;istol duel with a beligerent cowboy. 24:01 27:58 35:5 39:47
0 47.85 47:51 Pinch 1 Chico berates the villagers for hiding from the men who've come to risk their lives for them. 39:58 43:55 51:47 55:44
Preminutes 63.80 63:48 Midpoint The senoritas bring out a meal for the Seven not on guard. 55:55 59:52 67:44 71:41
0 79.75 79:45 Pinch 2 Bernardo tells Chris the three snipers are too far back behind the trees to see. 71:52 75:49 83:41 87:38
Minute total 95.70 95:42 Plot Turn 2 Chico tells the other Six and the villagers that Calvera and his men won't be going anywhere. 87:49 91:46 99:38 103:35
127.6 111.65 111:39 Deciding Incident The Seven are conducted out of the village. 103:46 107:43 115:35 119:32
  127.60 127:36 Conclusion In the course of finally killing all the banditos, Harry, Lee, Brett and Bernardo are killed. Chico remains with Peta. Chris and Vin ride off. 119:43 123:4    
Av Distance                
15.95                
Min Range                
3.99                
Max Range                 
7.98                

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