¡Three Amigos!

¡Three Amigos! is a 1986 American western comedy film directed by John Landis and written by Lorne MichaelsSteve Martin, and Randy Newman, who wrote the songs for the film. Martin, Chevy Chase, and Martin Short star as the title characters, three silent film stars who are mistaken for real heroes by the suffering people of a small Mexican village. They must find a way to live up to their reputation and stop a marauding bandit.

In 1916, the bandit “El Guapo” and his gang are collecting protection money from the Mexican village of Santo Poco. Carmen, daughter of the village leader, searches for someone who can come to the rescue of her townspeople. While visiting a village church, she sees a silent film featuring “The Three Amigos”, a trio of gunfighters who protect the innocent from evildoers. Believing them to be real heroes, Carmen sends a telegram asking them to come and stop El Guapo.

  • This is a comedy Western. It is silly enough to be funny.
  • This is a take off on the Magnificent Seven. The Three Amigos arrive in a Mexican village that is being abused by a gang of bandits. The three defy the odds and defeat the bandits.

Return of the Magnificent Seven

Return of the Seven, later marketed as Return of the Magnificent Seven, is a 1966 American-Spanish Western film, and the first sequel to The Magnificent Seven (1960). Yul Brynner, who reprises his role as Chris Adams, is the sole returning cast member from the original film, while Robert FullerJulián Mateos and Elisa Montés replace Steve McQueenHorst Buchholz and Rosenda Monteros as Vinn Tanner, Chico and Petra respectively.

The film was written by Larry Cohen and directed by Burt Kennedy, and features Warren OatesClaude AkinsJordan Christopher and Virgilio TeixeiraEmilio Fernández is the villain. Fernando Rey portrays a priest. Rey was in the next film, Guns of the Magnificent Seven, as a different character.

  • This movie was not nearly as good as the original.
  • The odds were even greater for the 7. At first 50 to 7, then hundreds to 7. But the 7 persevere.
  • Yul Brynner did a nice job of playing the role of Chris Adams again.
  • I though Claude Akins was particularly good.
  • Some fun in the movie, but it as not a very good movie and not very believable.

Goin’ South

Goin’ South is a 1978 American westerncomedy film, directed by and starring Jack Nicholson, with Mary SteenburgenChristopher LloydJohn BelushiRichard BradfordVeronica CartwrightDanny DeVito and Ed Begley Jr.

Henry Lloyd Moon (Nicholson) is a third-rate outlaw in the late 1860s; a convicted bank robber, horse thief and cattle thief. He is sentenced to be hanged in Longhorn, Texas, to the glee of the locals who gather to watch his execution. A local ordinance dictates that a man condemned of any crime other than murder may be freed, if a lady will marry him and take responsibility for his good behavior. Well aware of the ordinance, many of the townswomen scrutinize Moon as he mounts the gallows.

  • This movie was interesting because Jack Nicholson directed and starred in it.
  • It is the film debut of Mary Steenburgen, and it launched her career in Hollywood.
  • It is an uneven movie, but it had some laughs. I would like to have seen more John Belushi and Danny DeVito.

Rio Grande (1950)

Rio Grande is a 1950 Western film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. The picture is the third installment of Ford’s “cavalry trilogy,” following two RKO Pictures releases: Fort Apache (1948) and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949).

John Wayne plays the lead in all three films, as Captain Kirby York in Fort Apache, then as Captain of Cavalry Nathan Cutting Brittles in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, and finally as a promoted Lieutenant Colonel Kirby Yorke in Rio Grande

Lieutenant Colonel Kirby Yorke (John Wayne) is posted on the Texas frontier to defend settlers against attacks by marauding Apaches. Colonel Yorke is under considerable pressure due to the Apaches using Mexico as a sanctuary from pursuit, and by a serious shortage of troops in his command. The action of the movie is set in the summer of 1879 (“fifteen years after the Shenandoah“).

  • I have been watching movies because they were about a particular topic. It was good to watch a film directed by John Ford. It had the scenery, the action, and the drama.
  • There is a fair amount of music sung by the Regimental Singers (Sons of the Pioneers), one of whom is Ken Curtis (Ford’s son-in-law and best known for his role as Festus Haggen on Gunsmoke).
  • There is no gray in the movie, the Calvary are the good guys, the Indians are the bad guys.

The Trail

A young housewife is stranded alone in the woods after a tragic accident along The Oregon Trail. Far from home, she is tested mentally, physically, and spiritually in a battle for her life.

  • This movie is on my list because it is about the Oregon Trail.
  • This movie has a minimal cast. There are only 4 characters.
  • The protagonist is a Christian housewife, and in large part it is a story of how her faith is tested along with her survival. It is certainly a positive multi-dimensional Christian character.
  • It is a survival story. She is lost in the wilderness and survives. She finds a way to build a fire, to find food, and to find her way.
  • Unfortunately, it does not seem a realistic survival story. I kept trying to coach her, and I am no expert.

Oregon Passage

Oregon Passage is a 1957 American CinemaScope Color by Deluxe Western film directed by Paul Landres and starring John EricsonLola Albright, Toni Gerry and Edward Platt. Its plot follows a clash between an army lieutenant and Shoshoni natives in the Cascade Mountains region of Oregon in 1871. It is based on the novel by Gordon D. Shirreffs.

  • This movie was on my list because I thought it is about the Oregon Trail. It is not.
  • It is a story of the US Calvary fighting the Native Americans in Oregon in 1871.
  • There are shades of Fort Apache, as the new straight laced Fort Commander arrives with his wife and does not listen to the experienced soldiers.

Fighting Caravans

Fighting Caravans is a 1931 American pre-Code Western film directed by Otto Brower and David Burton and starring Gary CooperLili Damita, and Ernest Torrence. Based on the 1929 novel Fighting Caravans by Zane Grey, the film is about a young frontier scout who helps guide a freight wagon train across the country, fighting off Indians and evil traders, while his two crusty companions try to save him from falling in love. Although billed as being based on the Zane Grey novel, the stories have little in common. The film was actually written by Agnes Brand LeahyEdward E. Paramore, Jr., and Keene Thompson.

Fighting Caravans was remade just three years later as Wagon Wheels, a low-budget production employing extensive stock footage from Fighting Caravans and featuring Randolph Scott and Gail Patrick in the lead roles. Every character’s name was changed in the remake except that of Clint Belmet, played by Cooper and Scott.

  • I watched this because it was partly about the Oregon Trail.
  • It is also about Mountain Men who are now trying to become scouts of wagon trains.
  • It is strange to watch the theme of trying to save a man from marriage.
  • Gary Cooper is always fun to watch.

Wagon Wheels

Wagon Wheels is a 1934 western film directed by Charles Barton and starring Randolph Scott and Gail Patrick. It is a remake of 1931’s Fighting Caravans, using stock footage from the original and substituting a new cast. It was based on the Zane Grey novel Fighting Caravans.

  • This movie conveyed the myth that the biggest problem on the Oregon Trail was Indians.
  • I watched the movie because it was about the Oregon Trail and Mountain Men becoming scouts for wagon trains.

The Oregon Trail (1959)

The Oregon Trail is a 1959 American Color by Deluxe Western film directed by Gene Fowler Jr. and starring Fred MacMurrayWilliam Bishop and Nina Shipman.

In the midst of the Oregon boundary disputeJames K. Polk is secretly sending military agents, disguised as pioneers, west on the Oregon Trail so that they may protect American settlers in the event of war with British North America.  Rumors of this conspiracy reach James Gordon Bennett Sr. at the New York Herald. He assigns one of his reporters, Neal Harris, to go on the Oregon Trail himself and find out the truth.

  • I watched this movie because it was about the Oregon Trail and the settling of Oregon.
  • Fred MacMurray is most competent, and carries the movie as well as he can.