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Three Amigos! (1986)


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This slapstick farce features Dusty Bottoms (Chevy Chase), Lucky Day (Steve Martin), and Ned Nederlander (Martin Short), as three silent movie cowboy stars who get the axe from their Hollywood studio. Just at that opportune moment, a woman named Carmen (Patrice Martinez) asks them to come to her forgotten little town south of the border and do some work for her, for a tidy sum. The three "stooges" agree, thinking they are going to perform their singing cowboy routine, but instead Carmen wants


Western, Comedy

Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin, Randy Newman

Nov 23, 1999

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Spoofy send up of Western films is OK for mature tweens.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

An uneven comedy; Short is based, talking about movie insider stuff to the people in the village who have no idea what he is talking about.

September 6, 2007
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

...a genial hodgepodge of horseplay and saddle-sore jokes.

July 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

endearingly silly

September 19, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

The slapstick situations and the satire on singing westerns are strictly third rate. We've ridden this trail before and 'Three Amigos' offers nothing new.

August 25, 2004 Full Review
Spirituality and Practice

charming silly fun

October 11, 2002

Audience Reviews for Three Amigos!

John Landis has had a very spotty career. And, as much as I wanted to really like this, it is unfortunately one of his misses.

The concept is a mixture of a few things, namely The Seven Samurai/The Magnificent Seven with the whole shtick about actors who get confused for the characters they play, but end up becoming like their characters. The specific plot for this high concept involves three recently fired silent era actors known for playing singing, dancing, fighting mariachis who get hired by a naive Mexican woman to save their village from a band of marauders. Due to some mixups, the trip think they're being hired for a special public appearance, not (initially) realizing that the bullets being fired at them are real this time.

The director is there, the cast (Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Martin Short) are there, and the concept is definitely there, so I have no idea what happened here.

This movie is shockingly flat, dull, not really all that funny, and just a real missed opportunity. Almost all of the jokes fall flat, everything just feels really stale, contrived, and dumb, and I kept being reminded of all the better movies that this film apes off of and fails to be a successful farcical send up of.

Yeah, the music (the score primarily) is good, and there's a couple of moments that did make me genuine laugh, but I really can't remember what they are sadly. Everyone seems to be on autopilot, and I just can't stress enough how dull and disappointing this is.

When I saw Roger Ebert's one star review, I was surprised at how he could have disliked this movie so much. Now that I've seen it myself, it's painfully obvious. I thought that Spies Like Us was a dull effort from Landis, but this makes that one look like a damn masterpiece.
October 3, 2012
Chris Weber

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Now this is a classic...nay legendary 80's comedy, I guarantee you'll laugh your ass off, if you don't then your too young to remember these SNL allstars. The plot is daft and has now been rehashed many times but the comedy is gold. There are so many funny moments, the whole film is just non stop, really...all that's missing is John Candy. I can't stress enough how good this is, its one of the all time best feel good comedies you will ever see, up there with 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles'

They don't make comedies like this anymore because no one can beat a cast like this, once in a lifetime and that's it. A treasure of a film.

'oh just shot the invisible swordsman'
May 13, 2012

Super Reviewer

Funny and memorable, Three Amigos!, gonna make a lot of people laugh. Martin, Chase and Short are a amazingly ensemble.
May 21, 2011
Lucas Martins

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    1. Lucky Day: We have a plan.
    2. Carmen: Yes, what is it??
    3. Lucky Day: First we break into El Guapo's fortress.
    4. Carmen: And that you've done, now what?
    5. Lucky Day: ...well we didn't really expect the first part of the plan to work so we really didn't think much about what we were going to do next. You really can't overplan these things.
    – Submitted by Charles R (6 months ago)
    1. Ned Nederlander: Chip-chip-chip-chip-chip-chip-chip-chip-chip-chip-chip-chip-chip... LONNEEEEEEEE! [fires pistol]
    2. Lucky Day: Farley-farley-farley-farley-farley-farley... Hafurrrrrrr... [fires pistol]
    3. Dusty Bottoms: Kinut, hoooooola widdle! Tas, habble... sohn. [accidentally shoots the Invisible Swordsman]
    4. Lucky Day: Oh, great. You killed the invisible swordsman!
    5. Ned Nederlander: [runs over to check] He's dead, all right.
    6. Dusty Bottoms: How was I supposed to know where he was?
    7. Lucky Day: You were supposed to fire up. *We* both fired *up*. [aside] It's like living with a six-year old.
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. Rosita: I was thinking later, you could kiss me on the veranda.
    2. Dusty Bottoms: Lips would be fine.
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
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