John Sturges' The Magnificent Seven is a legitimate classic. It's one of the best westerns of all time, with a fantastic cast. Remaking it was going to be an uphill battle for Antoine Fuqua. Whether or not he succeeded, on the whole, is likely a question only time can answer. However, the original film, while great, is not perfect.

There are a few places where the new Magnificent Seven actually is able to improve on its predecessor. With the benefit of hindsight, Fuqua was able to change the things that didn't work in order to make the ensemble fit together a bit better. Here are the places where the remake actually surpasses the original. The following contains spoilers, naturally. You have been warned!

The Magnificent Seven

A More Diverse Ensemble Cast

The first one is sort of obvious. While the bulk of the action in the original film took place in Mexico, the vast majority of the lead actors were white. This includes New York-born, Jewish Eli Wallach playing the lead Mexican outlaw Calvera, and a German-born actor playing a guy named Chico. While the transplanting of the story to a location north of the border meant that most of the side characters were white rather than Hispanic, the leads were much more diverse. This isn't simply window dressing. The diverse character backgrounds make for a much more interesting team of seven.

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