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¡Three Amigos! (1986)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Western  |  12 December 1986 (USA)
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Three unemployed actors accept an invitation to a Mexican village to replay their bandit fighter roles, unaware that it is the real thing.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jorge Cervera Jr. ...
Bandito #1 (as Jorge Cervera)
Kai Wulff ...
Abel Franco ...
Papa Sanchez
Fred Asparagus ...
Harry Flugleman
Philip Gordon ...
Michael Wren ...
Silent Movie Bandito


Three out of work silent movie actors are accidentally drawn to a Mexican village that is being harassed by a gang of outlaws. The three, 'Ned', 'Lucky Day' and 'Dusty Bottoms' play 'Lone Ranger' types in their movies, but must play their parts for real now. Written by Rob Hartill

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They're Down On Their Luck And Up To Their Necks In Senoritas, Margaritas, Banditos And Bullets!


Comedy | Western


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Release Date:

12 December 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Three Caballeros  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)


$39,246,734 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rebecca Underwood is billed in the credits as "Señorita Kissing Ned". A former Playboy Playmate, she is actually known as Rebecca Ferratti, and had been the Playboy Playmate of the Month for June 1986. See more »


When the black & white "Three Amigos" film is being shown in church, we see from a distance a square projection. However, when we move in for close-up shots, the "square" screen becomes a widescreen. See more »


El Guapo: Are gringos falling from the sky?
[Ned falls from overhead and lands with a thud]
Jefe: Yes, El Guapo.
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Referenced in Cleanflix (2009) See more »


The Singing Bush
Performed by Randy Newman
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Underrated, Underappreciated, and Misunderestimated
14 May 2004 | by (Manama, Bahrain) – See all my reviews

5 reasons to love this film: 1. The sight of Ned Nederlander (Martin Short) telling the incomprehensible, self-indulgent story of when he met Dorothy Gish ("you know, Lillian's sister") to a bunch of patient, albeit bored Mexican kids. 2. Lucky Day (Steve Martin) trying to get his buddies' attention as they break into the studio--progressing from an owl's soft "hoo" to a crowing "LOOKUPHERE...LOOKUPHERE" 3. The opening song and Elmer Bernstein's great score (he also scored the classic comedies "Animal House" and "Stripes") 4. The Three Amigos singing "My Little Buttercup" in a Mexican cantina 5. The Amigos fighting back tears as Lucky Day informs his buddies that, in fact, they have been summoned not to perform, but actually to fight the evil El Guapo--Martin Short's tearful line, "Why am I in Mexico?" is hilarious, almost as funny as Steve Martin's follow-up, "I've been shot already!"

This is an intelligent comedy, one that pokes fun not only at the mythology of the Hollywood western, but at Hollywood itself. The three Amigos is a delight to watch, and a great addition to any family's film collection.

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