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¡Three Amigos!

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It was the movie that had ‘hit’ written all over it. Three of the funniest actors starred together for the first time: Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short. One of the top comedy directors – John Landis – was at the helm. But for whatever reason, ¡Three Amigos! did not find its audience. Critics were harsh on it and, while it may have made its money back, it was not deemed a success. But time has proven that some films need time to find their audiences. Now with a cult following, ¡Three Amigos! has found its staying power with its absurd comedy stylings. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Seven Samurai family series with Landis’ 1986 film ¡Three Amigos!.

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It was the movie that had ‘hit’ written all over it. Three of the funniest actors starred together for the first time: Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short. One of the top comedy directors – John Landis – was at the helm. But for whatever reason, ¡Three Amigos! did not find its audience. Critics were harsh on it and, while it may have made its money back, it was not deemed a success. But time has proven that some films need time to find their audiences. Now with a cult following, ¡Three Amigos! has found its staying power with its absurd comedy stylings. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Seven Samurai family series with Landis’ 1986 film ¡Three Amigos!

We talk about why this film works so well for us, but also how smartly adapted it is from its forebears. We look at Landis as a director and what he brings to the table here, and also why he wasn’t around so much during the post. We chat about Martin, Chase and Short and how perfect they are for these three silent film stars that get in WAY over their heads. We look at what Elmer Bernstein did here, spoofing his own music from The Magnificent Seven. And we touch on co-writer Randy Newman (you read that right – Randy Flippin’ Newman’s one writing credit is this movie!) and the fantastic songs he wrote for the film. 

It’s a riotous film that we acknowledge may work well for us but not for others. And even though it works for us, it’s certainly worth deliberating how many stars to give it. So check it out and hopefully you’ll laugh like we did, then tune in to this week’s show!

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