'Guns of...' is the third film of the Magnificent Seven series (there are 4 in total). Yul Bryner's Chris is replaced by George Kennedy, an actor more famed for his bad guy personna than good guy, leader of men.
If, like me, 'Return of...' was an acceptable follow up to the classic original, this film will whet your appetite once more. George Kennedy makes Chris his own. From the first moment you hear his voice at the imminent hanging, when he alone bellows 'Nooo' when asked if Keno should hang, to his curt exchanges with the Prison Commander, this is a man with grit and determination.
The story line is strong; Quintero leader of his Mexican people, is taken and held inside a prison, where several beatings are dealt out to gain the whereabouts of his fellow non comformists. Chris is hired to break him out, simple. Infighting amongst the Mexican's and the other 'seven' add to tensions before Chris leads the assault in an all or nothing break out finale.
One scene that sticks in my head is when Chris and Max ride inside the prison on the pretense that their horses need water, only to be shown how brutal the Prison Commander can be when dealing out his sick torture.
The supporting cast do a fine job in each of their specialist roles and Elmer Bernstein's score is played with gusto. All together this is a superb western that has a bit more edge to it and is defenitely worth purchasing.