Magnificent Seven - Denzel Washington at the Venice Film Festival press conference ©2016 FRO

Denzel Washington is the lead star of the remake The Magnificent Seven (2016). In our ‘videobyte’ he tells of the joy of playing Cowboys. Even if this was not a child hood dream of his!

He tells of his delight with the role while he was at the press conference for the movie. This took place this past weekend at the Venice Film Festival.

The Magnificent Seven – Chisolm (Denzel Washington) ©2016 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. and CTMG

Denzel has played the lead role in many a film. One most notable for us here at Film Review is his portrayal of Robert McCall in the film version of The Equaliser. Michael Sloan co-creatored the 1985-89 TV show. That had Edward Woodward in the main role. Michael is the brother of our Los Angeles reporter, Judy Sloane. He was also one of the producers of Denzel’s movie in 2014.

The Equaliser 2 announced for 2017 but not yet filmed. It therefore looks like Denzel will be continue to be in demand.

The Equalizer – McCall (Denzel) ©2013 CTMG
Unstoppable – Will Colson (Chris Pine) and Frank Barnes (Denzel Washington) are ordinary men who become extraordinary heroes © 2010 Twentieth Century Fox. Photo by Robert Zuckerman
The Book of Eli – Eli (Denzel Washington) © Alcon Entertainment
Flight – Whip (Denzel) ©2012 Paramount Pictures

The Magnificent Seven (2016) Denzel Washington Cowboy ‘Videobyte’

The Magnificent Seven (2016) Official Lowdown


Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in The Magnificent Seven.

The town of Rose Creek is under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard). Led by Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett) the desperate townspeople decide to employ protection from seven strong men. These men are, of course, outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns!

The Magnificent Seven are:-

  • Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington)
  • Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt)
  • Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke)
  • Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio)
  • Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee)
  • Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo)
  • Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier)

The Seven have to prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming. However these mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.

This updated version of the 1960 classic movie is directed by Antoine Fuqua with a screenplay by Nic Pizzolatto and Richard Wenk.


The Magnificent Seven Theatrical release Dates

US, Canada and UK: September 23rd 2016