Three Amigos!

L.A. Films / HBO Released 1986


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John Landis

Three Amigos! is a 1986 musical comedy written by Steve Martin, Lorne Michaels, and Randy Newman and directed by John Landis. The film stars Steve Martin as Lucky Day, Chevy Chase as Dusty Bottoms, and Martin Short as Ned Nederlander, three silent movie heroes who find themselves jobless after demanding a pay raise. Meanwhile, in the small Mexican village of San Poco, a young woman named Carmen (Patrice Martinez) sees the three in a movie and assumes they are real cowboy heroes. She sends a telegram beseeching them to help save her tormented townspeople from the evil El Guapo (Alfonso Arau) and his thugs. The trio receives the message but misinterpret it as a job offer, acting with El Guapo. They head to Mexico and perform a movie stunt that confounds El Guapo's thugs who ride off. This makes the townspeople believe the Three Amigos won. El Guapo comes to town to confront the trio, but they admit to their fear and as El Guapo runs roughshod over the town and kidnaps Carmen, the three amigos leave in disgrace.


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  • 88

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Masters of impersonation all, Martin, Chase and Short are a rivetting trio. All seem perfectly at home in the wacky rhythm of this picture and in contributing their individual tale...

  • 60

    Time Out London

    The characterisation is paper thin, and Landis' timing as sloppy as ever; but if you enjoy brainless slapstick that allows space for irrelvant absurdities like a singing bush and a...

  • 60

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    Though Three Amigos is the kind of skin-deep contemporary comedy that assembles its stars and then just coasts, it's friendlier than most. And it contains a few elements that are d...

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