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¡Three Amigos! (1986)

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 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:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In his memoir, "Life Itself", film critic Roger Ebert recounted appearing as a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) alongside Chevy Chase who was promoting the film. During the interview, Ebert was asked what his least favorite film of the holiday season was, he replied ¡Three Amigos!. Chase said "looking forward to your next picture", but later confided with Ebert backstage that he didn't "think it's so hot, either." See more »

Goofs

At El Guapo's birthday party, as he stands to open his present, his chair gets stuck to his behind and Jefe is forced to pull it off for him. See more »

Quotes

[in the Saloon where they all thought The Amigos were the tough gunfighters the German guy told them about]
Lucky Day: [singing] Dear Little Buttercup, won't you stay a...
[he points at a scared patron at a table who exclaims]
Patron: While, While!
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Alternate Versions

Weirdly, the 1999 DVD cuts off the credits right after the "Print by Deluxe" label first appears. The Blu-ray release corrects this and the credits are shown in their entirety. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Talking Dead: Do Not Disturb (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

My Little Buttercup
Written by Randy Newman
Performed by Chevy Chase, Steve Martin and Martin Short
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User Reviews

 
Underrated, Underappreciated, and Misunderestimated
14 May 2004 | by aah35See 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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