I love ensemble casts. If I was a Director, I’d try to pack in as many of my favourite actors as possible, especially if making an epic. The Magnificent Seven may not be an epic but every character is given an interesting story and a big name to match. None of the roles feel like cameos, and everyone plays their part to their best abilities.
Spartacus on the other hand is an epic in every sense and has a cast featuring Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton, Tony Curtis, Peter Ustinov and more.
Ocean’s Eleven has a stong cast no matter which you look at it. Personally I cannot stand the Rat Pack and everything they were about, but most people can’t argue with Sinatra, Martin, Davis Jr, Angie Dickinson, Cesar Romero, and Shirley Maclain.
In The Apartment Billy Wilder brought together many of his favourites in this smart comedy. The main players are Jack Lemmon, Shirley Maclaine, Fred MacMurry, and Jack Kruschen
Exodus is still fairly unknown by today’s audiences, but have a look at the list of names involved and know that they excel- Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Ralph Richardson, Sal Mineo, and Peter Lawford.
My Winner: The Magnificent Seven (This award goes to Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, Horst Buchholz, and Eli Wallach)
What would be your pick for the best film cast out of all the releases in 1960? Let us know in the comments. That’s 1960 complete, next up will be a summary of my winners.