John Landis directs Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short in this spoof Western where three fey and cowardly movie stars are accidentally hired by a village who need protection from a gang of bandits.
The joke that motors Three Amigos is there are very few jokes. Silliness? Yes. Over-enthusiasm? Yes. Musical numbers? You betcha! But killer punchlines? Rarely. Show it to a child or a Martian who has no idea it stars two of its generations biggest Hollywood names (and Martin Short) and they may think it is a completely unfeigned adventure movie. Yet the unbridled glee on this trio of schmucks’ goofy faces as they circle killers and serenade brawlers utterly unaware is hilarious. Three Amigos is a masterpiece of crazy eyed sincerity.
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