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Three Amigos! stars a trio of gifted comedians and has an agreeably silly sense of humor, but they're often adrift in a dawdling story with too few laugh-out-loud moments. Read critic reviews

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Three cowboy movie stars from the silent era -- Dusty Bottoms (Chevy Chase), Lucky Day (Steve Martin) and Ned Nederlander (Martin Short) -- are fired when one of their movies bombs. In what seems to be a career-saving offer, young Mexican woman Carmen (Patrice Martinez) offers them a high-paying gig in her village. The three jump at the opportunity, expecting to do their typical act, but Carmen believes they are really heroes and asks them to rid her village of bad guy El Guapo (Alfonso Arau).

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Chevy Chase
Dusty Bottoms
Martin Short
Ned Nederlander
Joe Mantegna
Harry Flugleman
Steve Martin
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Lorne Michaels
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Randy Newman
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Steve Martin
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Elmer Bernstein
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Randy Newman
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Ronald W. Browne
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Critic Reviews for Three Amigos!

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  • Nov 15, 2013
    A classic '80s screwball comedy, Three Amigos! delivers a ton of laughs. Mistaking the silent movie stars the Three Amigos for real-life gunslingers, a woman from a small Mexican village seeks out their help in combating a group of bandits. Starring Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, and Martin Short, the casting is quite impressive. Written by SNL creator Lorne Michaels, the comedy is also especially good, and is tailored to the strengths of each of the lead actors. Still, the story is formulaic and predictable. And, there are some problems with the tone and pacing of the film. But despite having a few issues, Three Amigos! is incredibly fun and entertaining.
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  • Jan 07, 2012
    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.
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  • Jul 14, 2011
    fresh, original, funny, a rousingly fun time to watch. it's absolutly a charmer. randy newman's songs are fun and catchy to hear. but the real reason why this was a hillarious success was the three stars of the show. A
    Juan C Super Reviewer
  • May 21, 2011
    Funny and memorable, Three Amigos!, gonna make a lot of people laugh. Martin, Chase and Short are a amazingly ensemble.
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