If you haven’t seen the movie, don’t spoil it here — watch it first, then come back.

“The Magnificent Seven” by John Sturges is a reimagining of one of my favorite films, “Seven Samurai.” Instead of a tumultuous time in old Japan, “The Magnificent Seven” is set in the Old West, just across the border and into Mexico. A dirt-poor farming village is threatened by bandits who continuously rob them of their food and resources, and kill anyone who steps up against them. The leader of the bandits says in regards to the villagers: “If God didn’t want them sheared, he would not have made them sheep.” Several of the Mexicans travel up into the U.S. and return with seven gunmen who aim to scare away the bandits or kill them if they have to. They all have their different reasons for coming along.

This classic film has been remade before — most recently by Antoine Fuqua in 2016, starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke. It was also made into a TV series in 1998.

Like the Sengoku period in which “Seven Samurai” is set, “The Magnificent Seven’s” Wild West was a lawless, violent time and place in U.S. history, and just over the border it was no different. The men of the movie decide to risk their lives for little more than a few dollars and some food. They are all deadly killers, and most have lived long lives of blood and torment. They have been paid every which way to take the lives of others, and yet here they find themselves on a job that might as well be pro bono.