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St. Paul, Minn. —
As we head into the awards season for movies, it's interesting to consider the nominee who didn't win on the day, but Elmer Bernstein's score has outlived the film itself to become part of our popular culture.
Director John Sturgis took the classic Kurosawa film The Seven Samurai and boldly adapted it for an American audience in The Magnificent Seven. Bernstein's music became a musical icon for the Old West.