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3 hr. 28 min.

Plot Summary
A samurai answers a village's request for protection after he falls on hard times. The town needs protection from bandits, so the samurai gathers six others to help him teach the people how to defend themselves, and the villagers provide the soldiers with food. A giant battle occurs when 40 bandits attack the village.

Cast: Toshirô Mifune , Takashi Shimura , Yoshio Inaba , Seiji Miyaguchi , Minoru Chiaki , Daisuke Kato , Isao Kimura , Kunihori Kodo

Director: Akira Kurosawa

Genres: Action

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Seven Samurai (1954)

Release Date: November 19th, 1956|3 hr. 28 min.

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    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    It's impossible to imagine how the action genre would have developed without Akira Kurosawa's watershed 1954 movie Seven Samurai. show more

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    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The legendary Mifune leads a superb cast, and Kurosawa's kinetic camera keeps the adventure sizzling with energy and wit from start to finish. show more

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    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Moves like hot mercury, and it draws a viewer so thoroughly into its world that real life can seem thick and dull when the lights come up. show more

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Why is "Seven Samurai" considered one of the greatest films ever made? I'd answer that by telling you to go watch it right now, but you probably don't have 3 hours and 27 minutes free at the moment....

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