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¡Three Amigos! is a 1986 comedy western film, produced by George Folsey, Jr., and Lorne Michaels, and executive-produced by Steve Martin. John Landis directed for HBO Studios. Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, and Martin Short took the title roles. Joe Mantegna, Jon Lovitz and Phil Hartman have cameos. The movie was written by Steve Martin and Lorne Michaels. Randy Newman wrote music for it. // Events April 12 - Actor Morgan Mason marries The Go-Gos Belinda Carlisle Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger marries television journalist Maria Shriver. ... Airplane! is considered by some critics to be one of the funniest movies of all time. ... The Western is an American genre in literature and film. ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed. ... Lorne Michaels Lorne Michaels CM , LL.D (born November 17, 1944 in Toronto, Ontario) is a television producer and writer best known for creating and producing Saturday Night Live and producing the various film and TV projects that spun off from it. ... Steve Martin (right) with Scooter, on The Muppet Show Stephen Glenn Martin (born August 14, 1945) is an American comedian, writer, producer, actor, musician, and composer. ... John Landis (born August 3, 1950) is a movie actor, director, writer, and producer. ... Chevy Chase Cornelius Crane Chase, better known as Chevy Chase (born October 8, 1943) is an American comedian, writer and television and film actor from Woodstock, New York. ... Steve Martin (right) with Scooter, on The Muppet Show Stephen Glenn Martin (born August 14, 1945) is an American comedian, writer, producer, actor, musician, and composer. ... Martin Hayter Short CM (born March 26, 1950) is an actor, writer, and producer best known for his comedy work, particularly on the TV programs SCTV and Saturday Night Live. ... Joe Mantegna as Detective Will Girardi in Joan of Arcadia Joe Mantegnas character, Fat Tony in The Simpsons Joseph Anthony Mantegna, Jr. ... Jon Lovitz (born July 21, 1957) is a comedic actor best known as a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1985 to 1990. ... Phil Hartman (September 24, 1948 – May 28, 1998) was a Canadian-born American graphic artist, writer, actor and comedian. ... Randy Newman Randall Stuart Newman (born November 28, 1943) is an American songwriter, arranger, singer and pianist who is notable for his mordant, immaculately written pop songs and for his many film scores. ...

"The Three Amigos" are bumbling, out-of-work silent film cowboy stars in 1916. They are invited to a small Mexican town (they presume) to perform their act. However, the townspeople have actually invited the trio to defend them from a terrifying band of outlaws. The townspeople, having seen too many of the Tom Mix-style westerns starring the Three Amigos (and apparently have also been influenced by Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai), expect the trio to save them from the ravages of the local villains. After some misunderstandings, the Three Amigos eventually find themselves trading in their jobs acting as bandit hunters for jobs being bandit hunters. The comedy is highly visual and physical, but characters are also very quotable. A silent film is a film which has no accompanying soundtrack. ... A cowboy (Spanish vaquero) tends cattle and horses on cattle ranches in North and South America. ... Thomas E. Mix (January 6, 1880 – October 11, 1940) was an American film actor, the star of many early Western movies. ... Akira Kurosawa (黒澤 明 Kurosawa Akira, also é»’æ²¢ 明 in Shinjitai, 23 March 1910 – 6 September 1998) was a prominent Japanese film director, film producer, and screenwriter. ... The Seven Samurai (七人の侍 Shichinin no samurai, 1954) is a movie by Akira Kurosawa starring Takashi Shimura and Toshiro Mifune. ...


For instance, after the first "shootout", Lucky Day (Steve Martin) demands to see one of the bandidos' revolvers: The Colt Single Action Army, one of the most popular revolvers of all time A revolver is a multishot firearm, usually a handgun, in which the rounds are held in a revolving cylinder that rotates to fire them through a single barrel. ...

Lucky Day: Wait a second, lemme see that, c'mon, c'mon, c'mon. Oh, great! Real bullets. You're in a lotta trouble, Mister!

Also memorable are the villainous characters of El Guapo, played by Mexican actor Alfonso Arau (perhaps familiar as one of the main villains in 1969's The Wild Bunch) and El Jefe, played by Tony Plana. El Guapo and Jefe have become a popular meme outside of the film. Alfonso Arau (born January 11, 1932) is a Mexican director of such films as Zapata: The Dream of a Hero, Like Water for Chocolate (Mexico, 1992) (the novel of which was, somewhat ironically, written by his wife, Laura Esquivel), and A Walk in the Clouds, which starred Keanu Reeves and... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday For other uses, see Number 1969. ... The Wild Bunch is a 1969 western film in which an aging group of outlaws hope to have one more score while the West is turning into a modern society. ... Tony Plana is an American actor. ... The term meme (, phonetically; rhymes with theme), refers to any piece of information transferable from one mind to another. ...

El Guapo: Jefe, you do not understand women. You cannot force open the petals of a flower. When the flower is ready, it opens itself up to you.
Jefe: So when do you think Carmen will "open up her flower" to you?
El Guapo: Tonight, or I will kill her!

Ratings: Australia:PG, Finland:K-14, Sweden:15, UK:PG, USA:PG, West Germany:12


Derivative presence

WWE's Eddie Guerrero (1967-2005), the Mexican professional wrestler, also performed three consecutive vertical suplexes, which he nicknamed "The Three Amigos". World Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE, is a professional wrestling promotion, currently the largest in North America. ... Eduardo Gory Guerrero Llanes (October 9, 1967 – November 13, 2005), better known by his ring name, Eddie Guerrero, was an American professional wrestler of Hispanic descent. ... Professional wrestling show at the World Wrestling Entertainments Tribute to the Troops. Shown here is WWEs Chris Masters. ... A suplex is an offensive move used in wrestling, both in competitive sport wrestling, including Olympic and collegiate wrestling, and professional wrestling. ...


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Three Amigos, our guide, was very familiar with the trek and the local people -- even the food he advised us.
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"Three Amigos" is a spoof along the lines of "Rustler's Rhapsody" or "Transylvania 6-5000." You've probably forgotten those, and, in the blessed process through which the mind heals itself, you'll probably forget "Three Amigos," too.
The script of "Three Amigos" (Martin's collaborators were producer Lorne Michaels and singer Randy Newman) plays like it was slapped together by a few friends with a tape recorder enjoying a charming weekend at the beach.
You can't tell one amigo from another, the gags are silly (a "singing bush") and far between, the dialogue full of inane wordplay.
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