Three Amigos! (1986)



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Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG (strong language including sexual content)
Genre: Western, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Steven M. Martin, Lorne Michaels, Randy Newman, Steve Martin, John Landis
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 23, 1999
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as Lucky Day

as Dusty Bottoms

as Ned Nederlander

as Jefe

as Flugelman

as Bar Patron

as Bartender

as Silent Movie Bandido

as Silent Movie Bandido

as Silent Movie Senorit...

as Telegrapher

as Studio Guard

as Telegram Delivery Bo...

as German

as Bar Patron

as German's Friend

as German's Other Frien...

as Papa Sanchez

as Mama Sanchez

as Rosita

as Bandido

as Conchita

as Tortoise

as Singing Bush

as Hot Senorita

as (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Three Amigos!

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (12)

It's the laziness of the project that's finally most galling.

Full Review… | April 25, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

[Three Amigos is] a goofy delight. It's like a cross between a big-budget Three Stooges movie and a Hope-Crosby road picture, with dozens of old cowpoke gags thrown in to spice up the brew.

Full Review… | April 25, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

While it's occasionally funny, Three Amigos! isn't an entirely fun occasion.

Full Review… | April 25, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

You know it's a boring comedy when you find yourself laughing only at the lead actors' costumes.

Full Review… | April 25, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The happy-go-lucky Three Amigos is a picture to see when your expectations are down and you've already been to everything that's good.

Full Review… | April 25, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

On the whole there's not a lot of flesh on these cynically haphazard bones.

Full Review… | April 25, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Three Amigos!

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

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


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.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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'

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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