Three actors accept an invitation to a Mexican village to perform their onscreen bandit fighter roles, unaware that it is the real thing.

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John Landis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Martin ... Lucky Day
Chevy Chase ... Dusty Bottoms
Martin Short ... Ned Nederlander
Alfonso Arau ... El Guapo
Tony Plana ... Jefe
Patrice Martinez ... Carmen
Jorge Cervera Jr. Jorge Cervera Jr. ... Bandito #1 (as Jorge Cervera)
Kai Wulff ... German
Abel Franco Abel Franco ... Papa Sanchez
Fred Asparagus Fred Asparagus ... Bartender
Jon Lovitz ... Morty
Joe Mantegna ... Harry Flugleman
Philip Gordon Philip Gordon ... Rodrigo
Michael Wren Michael Wren ... Cowboy
Gene Hartline ... Silent Movie Bandito
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Western

Certificate:

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Trivia

Four actors in the movie executives scene have played a role in The Simpsons (1989). Steve Martin as Ray Patterson in The Simpsons: Trash of the Titans (1998). Jon Lovitz as Artie Ziff/Llewellyn Sinclair/Jay Sherman/Professor Lombardo/Jay Sherman/Ms. Sinclair/Aristotle Amandopoulis in several episodes. Joe Mantegna as Fat Tony in several episodes, and the late Phil Hartman as Troy McLure/Lionel Hutz. See more »

Goofs

When Ned Nederlander is swinging on the ropes, he gets his boots stuck in a piñata. At first his boot tips are going to get stuck as he is facing the sky. The next scene he his boot heels are stuck in the piñata and he is facing the ground. See more »

Quotes

Ned Nederlander: [Before Ned's duel] Does anybody have a watch? Preferably one with a second hand?
Jefe: I got a stopwatch.
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Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Memorable Movie Insults (2014) See more »

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Blue Shadows
Written by Randy Newman
Performed by Chevy Chase, Steve Martin and Martin Short
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"Together, we raped the Horses and rode-off on the Women"
16 February 2006 | by sean-haydockSee all my reviews

This is the level of humour you'll find throughout the movie.

It's an ironic twist on the Western cliché with a story based on The Magnificent Seven.

The recently out-of-work 3 Movie-Stars are unwittingly employed as bona-fide gun-slingers. They find themselves out-numbered 5:1 by the infamous ("More than Famous, He's In-Famous!"), El Guapo (Alfonso Arau) and his Banditos.

This impossible situation is soon turned around by quick thinking (Girl A:"I like the one who is not so clever". Girl B:"Which one is that?") and lots of sewing... yes, I said "sewing"!

If you listen to this movie closely, you'll pick-up on a lot of humour that would otherwise be lost.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | German

Release Date:

12 December 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Amigos See more »

Filming Locations:

Florence, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,939,000, 14 December 1986

Gross USA:

$39,246,734

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,246,734
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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