A few choice morsels of brilliant humor can’t save ¡Three Amigos! from missing the whole enchilada.

Film is a takeoff of The Magnificent Seven, but also tries perhaps too hard to parody the style of a number of other classic westerns.

It also has three funny guys, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short, playing the three wimpy matinee idols known as the ‘Three Amigos’, each doing his particular brand of shtick that is priceless in some scenes but not at all amusing in others.

Martin does clever slapstick, Chase does goofy slapstick and Short doesn’t do slapstick, but plays off the other two with a certain wide-eyed innocence.

These singing cowboy stars of the silent screen have just been fired by the flamboyant Goldsmith Studios mogul Harry Flugelman (Joe Mantegna) when they get a cryptic telegram from a Mexican woman (Patrice Martinez) offering them 100,000 pesos to come to her dusty desert town of Santa Poco. It turns out she’s hired them under the mistaken belief that they are as macho in real life as on screen.

¡Three Amigos!

  • Production: LA Films/Orion. Director John Landis; Producer Lorne Michaels, George Folsey Jr.; Screenplay Steve Martin, Lorne Michaels, Randy Newman; Camera Ronald W. Browne; Editor Malcolm Campbell; Music Elmer Bernstein; Art Director Richard Sawyer
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1986. Running time: 105 MIN.
  • With: Chevy Chase Steve Martin Martin Short Patrice Martinez Alfonso Arau Joe Mantegna