Certain films to me are like photographs. Watching them brings you back to a time in your life that you remember so clearly and almost tearfully reminiscing to be there again. It is hard to believe it has been 25 years since I first watched Three Amigos. Some people will call this film a guilty pleasure but for me, this film is one of the last films, I got to watch as a family with my father. ( my father died of a heart attack a few years later) This film stars Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short who play the roles of Lucky Day, Dusty Bottoms and Neddy Nederlander ( cue up the mexican mariachi music). Directed by John Landis and written by Steve Martin, SNL writer Lorne Michaels, and Randy Newman, the Three Amigos are three unemployed actors who accept an invitation to a Mexican village to replay their bandit fighter roles, unaware that it is the real thing going on around them. This film reminded me of the comedies I used to watch on saturday morning as a kid. The main storyline of this film is that this small town that is searching for some heroes that will help them get rid of some local hoodlums and the townfolks see them in a movie and think they can save them. And this film plays on the strengths of Steve Martin which is pure silliness, and Chevy Chase which is more physical comedy. And throw in Martin Short, and brief appearances by Jon Lovitz, and the late Phil Hartman..you have a pretty impressive resume of comedy talent. The film is a fun film for the whole family to watch, without the kids asking questions about the material or subject matter.
Now my issue with this blu ray release, is the bonus features. I am glad they gave us an excellent transfer of the film. The bonus stuff just promised more than it delivered. Listed is a Q and A with the three main stars. In this less than 20 minute interview the three came across as angry and acted like they had somewhere else they wanted to be. It was such a huge letdown. You have three comic geniuses and they just come across as unappreciative actors. And the deleted scenes. Now, this is where I was really excited. Did you know Sam Kinison had a bit part that was cut, as did Fran Drescher? As Landis explained to us, the studio wanted this film cut and he was so against it. But, in fairness to the studio and Landis, the studio was right. And all we get is a cue card telling us Kinison was in the film, but none of the work and Drescher appears in a small twenty second snippet from the Amigos silent film. All we basically get from the bonus materials are an alternative opening and a longer scene at their pampered life before they left to south of the border.
All gripes aside, this is a fun little family comedy that holds up very well against today’s family comedies. And, the transfer and revisiting this film, I am blown away that the film did not feel or seem dated. After 25 years this film is still as fun as it was in 1986.
8 out of 10