Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 1986. L.A. Films, . Screenplay by Steve Martin, Lorne Michaels, Randy Newman. Cinematography by Ronald W. Browne. Produced by George Folsey Jr., Lorne Michaels. Music by Elmer Bernstein. Production Design by Richard Sawyer. Costume Design by Deborah Nadoolman. Film Editing by Malcolm Campbell.
Three silent film actors (Steve Martin, Martin Short, Chevy Chase) are fired from their studio and left without any kind of employment to support themselves. Famous for playing roles as cowboys and bandits in action films, they are delighted when they receive a request from a Mexican village to perform there for money. When they arrive, however, they realize that they’re being asked to actually be gunfighters against the gang of bad guys who are terrorizing the people of the village. At first wanting to leave, the three guys end up deciding to take up the task and help the people defend their families and lives. The stars have plenty of opportunities to delight the audience with their humour, aided by John Landis’s bouncy direction and Ronald Browne’s colourful cinematography. It’s a lot of fun, and one of the more memorable comedies to star either of these three, with a bunch of terrific gags aimed at movie star egos that hit the spot every time.