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I must admit, for all the hype and top 3's of everyone's list on here I thought the movie was OK as far as McQueen goes. The movie itself was pretty cool with loads of great actors and great scenes. However Steve McQueen as a cowboy (even though he was his normal cool) didn't work for me. Maybe if I would have seen this movie before the other ones I would think differently but I liked his acting a lot better in Papillon. I could take him or leave him in this one. JMHO.

Movies seen in order:

Bullitt

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The Great Escape

The Magnificent Seven
 

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Rikki Racer said:
However Steve McQueen as a cowboy (even though he was his normal cool) didn't work for me.
Watch Junior Bonner and Tom Horn.
 

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"Wanted Dead or Alive" was Steve's ground breaking "cowboy" series on TV. It was on TV for 3 years ('58-'61; 73 episodes), and cemented Steve as a Western star. He played Josh Randall - bounty hunter with a very cool sawed off holstered Winchester rifle. this series was the basis for his last movie "The Hunter".

Those of us who watched this show growing up were very comfortable with Steve in the "Magnificent Seven" (1960). :grin:
 

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"Wanted Dead or Alive" was Steve's ground breaking "cowboy" series on TV. It was on TV for 3 years ('58-'61; 73 episodes), and cemented Steve as a Western star. He played Josh Randall - bounty hunter with a very cool sawed off holstered Winchester rifle. this series was the basis for his last movie "The Hunter".
I do believe The Hunter is based on a true character...

Steve McQueen's last movie shows the dynamic talent of the late, great actor in one of his most memorable roles: The true story of Ralph "Papa" Thorson, a modern day bounty hunter. Thorson's exploits are detailed as he pursues a number of fugitives who have skipped bail. The chase comes full circle when he becomes the quarry of vengeful psychopath. McQueen's multi-dimensional performance as Thorson, a man born in the wrong age, is counterpoint to the explosive action in The Hunter
 

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The Magnificent Seven made Mcqueen a major star. He stole the movie from Yul Brynner whom he hated. I love the line, "We deal in lead".
 

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He did steal the lead. An Brynner wasn't happy about it. Steve lobbyed the director for more lines and generally made himself a pain in the a** which got him more lines and an overall better part.

Rikki you probably should have seen them in the order they were made. Kind of an evolution of his acting.
 

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Brynner was a major star just recently receiving an oscar for his performance in "The King and I" and arrived for filming in a limo, stayed in a big trailer, and expected star treatment from everyone. Well of course, Mcqueen took an instant disliking to him. And it was all down hill from there.
 

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droopysbullitt said:
He did steal the lead. An Brynner wasn't happy about it. Steve lobbyed the director for more lines and generally made himself a pain in the a** which got him more lines and an overall better part.

Rikki you probably should have seen them in the order they were made. Kind of an evolution of his acting.
You know you're right. I should have seen them in order. I know the earlier films is what put his name on the map but I can't get over his performance in Papillon. He was so intense in that movie and was obviously a better more accomplished actor by then. Good call.
 

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I finally watched the Cin. Kid the other day. Pretty good flick, but totally didn't get the ending. Rip Torn is one of my favorite actors. And Tuesday Weld...MMMMM! Very nice.
 

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You know you're right. I should have seen them in order. I know the earlier films is what put his name on the map but I can't get over his performance in Papillon. He was so intense in that movie and was obviously a better more accomplished actor by then. Good call.
Mcqueen probably would've been nominated for an academy award for his role in Papillion had he not angered Robert Evans by stealing his wife Ali Mcgraw. At the time Evans was a very powerful man in Hollywood
 

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The Magnificent Seven made Mcqueen a major star. He stole the movie from Yul Brynner whom he hated. I love the line, "We deal in lead".
TCM has shown the movie, and they usually do a great bio of the movies they show as well. I do believe that Yul hated Steve just as much!
 
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