Magnificent Seven, The
In this remake of the classic 1960 oater of the same name (itself a Western remake of "The Seven Samurai"), seven gunslingers join forces in order to protect a small town from a mining tycoon and his goons, who plan to seize the residents' land by force.
John Fugelsang retraces the steps of Alexis de Tocqueville, whose 1831-32 travels in the U.S. led him to write "Democracy in America," which popularized the notion of the American dream. Fugelsang's quest: to see whether the dream still exists or if, as George Carlin joked, "you have to be asleep to believe it." Along the way, he meets a diverse lot, including folks struggling to overcome setbacks and others who've succeeded despite steep hurdles. Almost all, perhaps quixotically, still believe.
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