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Three Amigos!

Starring: Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Martin Short
Director: John Landis
Genre: Comedy
Year: 1986
Rating: 4 / 5

The 1980s were known for some classic big screen comedies, from Caddyshack to Fletch to the Naked Gun, and the Three Amigos is one such movie. The pairing of Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, and Martin Short, with each at the top of their game, is a non-stop riot, with laughs from beginning to end. For those who have seen some of the more recent work of these three once-great comedians, you will truly appreciate this movie, which showcases their talents the way they were meant to be seen - while rolling on the ground laughing.

The Three Amigos is the tale of three Hollywood actors in turn-of-the-century America, right at the onset of the silent picture era. Tired of being used by the studio, the Amigos decide to speak to studio chief Harry Flugleman (Joe Mantegna) about their demands, yet this immediately leads to their ouster from the movie business. Along comes a telegram from the small village of Santo Poco, asking for the out-of-work actors. Seeing this as the silver-lining on an otherwise dreary day, the men decide to head south of the border to "put on a show" with the "infamous El Guapo," a man they believe to be the biggest Mexican actor ever.

Unfortunately for our heroes, El Guapo is not an actor, but a thieving tyrant, and they are not being called in to put on a show, but to stop El Guapo's ruthless ways. Watching the confidence of the Amigos plummet as they slowly realize that they are not in Kansas anymore is one of the funniest moments in the movie. As El Guapo says, "I like these guys. They're funny guys. Just kill one of them." Yet after this humiliation, the Amigos are forced to come to terms with their lives and the opportunities before them, and they set off to redeem themselves and save the village from the marauders.

That is about all I will say about the plot, which, while splotchy, is not the reason anyone is coming to see this movie. Steve Martin (Parenthood) is in prime form as Lucky Day, the leader of this motley crew. Chevy Chase (Caddyshack, Fletch) and Martin Short (Innerspace), playing sidekicks Dusty Bottoms and Ned Nederlander, are uproarious in their roles. Yet El Guapo (Alfonso Arau) and his sidekick Jefe have some of the most memorable scenes in the movie. No child who watched this movie can grow up without knowing the word plethora.

The Three Amigos is funny from the opening theme song, which ranks as one of my favorites of all-time, to the very end. Featuring some humorous dance numbers (I am serious here) and some great physical comedy, the Three Amigos is sure to please any comedy lover out there.


Chevy Chase..........Dusty Bottoms
Steve Martin..........Lucky Day
Martin Short..........Ned Nederlander
Alfonso Arau..........El Guapo
Joe Mantegna..........Harry Flugleman
Jon Lovitz..........Morty
Phil Hartman..........Sam

Certification: Rated PG.
Running Time: 110 minutes.

Additional Info: Internet Movie Database
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