Feb. 18, 2022

#50 - "Three Amigos" (1986) with Danny Johnson

#50 -

In the midst of a Western revival — which included big hits like "Silverado" and "Pale Rider" — came this 80’s flick, a loving parody of the genre and a send-up of Hollywood. It has become a landmark in comedy collaboration, starring three comedy legends under the direction of a bonafide hit movie director with a script co-written by the mastermind of Saturday Night Live. So grab your sombrero and saddle up your hours for a trip to Santa Poco as Tim Williams and special guest co-host, stand-up comedian Danny Johnson, to discuss “Three Amigos” from 1986 on this episode of the 80’s Flick Flashback!

Here are some additional behind the scenes trivia we were unable to cover in this episode:

  • The silent movie sequence in the film was shot in authentic, Old Hollywood environs. The production used the oldest still-standing exterior set on the Universal Studios lot, which had been built for an early 20th-century Western starring the once popular but now largely forgotten Tom Mix. As director John Landis recalled, during filming, trams full of visitors on the Universal Studios tour would come through "every ten minutes, and the boys would shoot their six-guns and dance for them."
  • The musical score is provided by Elmer Bernstein, who also did the rousing score from "The Magnificent Seven" (1960) which this film parodies.
  • The Video & DVD Guide said this film was a "send-up of "The Cowboy Star" (1936), while Halliwell's said that it was a "take-off of 'The Magnificent Seven' (1960)". Moreover, Movies on TV & Videocassette said that it was a "spoof of Mexican bandit movies", while Rating the Movies said that the picture was a "spoof of B-westerns”.


Wikipedia, IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, Box Office Mojo


Intro & Outro Music: "Total Eclipse" by Nathaniel Wyver

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