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¡Three Amigos!

Already Hollywood has-beens by 1916, a trio of Western serial stars (Martin, Chase and Short) receive a cable offering them muchos pesos to strut their stuff in a Mexican village. Little do they know that they are expected to take on the forces of a vicious bandit (Arau) terrorising the village. Western spoofs are never notable for original plots, and this is no exception. Nevertheless, it revels in the cornball clichés of the low-budget oater, and benefits from amiably innocent performances. The characterisation is paper thin, and Landis' timing as sloppy as ever; but if you enjoy brainless slapstick that allows space for irrelvant absurdities like a singing bush and an invisible swordsman, it's entertaining enough.

Release details

Duration: 104 mins

Cast and crew

Director: John Landis
Screenwriter: Steve Martin, Lorne Michaels, Randy Newman
Cast: Chevy Chase
Steve Martin
Martin Short
Alfonso Arau
Tony Plana
Patrice Martinez
Joe Mantegna