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
In the late 1980s, a trio of top wide receivers, Vance Johnson, Ricky Nattiel, and Mark Jackson, who played for the Denver Broncos, were nicknamed the "Three Amigos" after this film came out. The players were part of a Broncos team that reached three of four Super Bowls between 1986-1989, losing all three times. See more »
When the Amigos approach the Singing Bush, the instructions Dusty reads for summoning the Invisible Swordsman require each of them to fire a shot in the air and say a magic phrase. Instead, they perform the ritual in reverse, saying the magic phrase first and then firing a shot. See more »
In the original version of the movie and in the original home video, the scene in Harry Flugelman's office normally concludes with Flugelman shouting, "Your asses have just been streamlined! The Three Amigos are history." For some reason this is missing from the 2011 DVD release and the Blu-ray version. See more »
Underrated, Underappreciated, and Misunderestimated
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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