Cast and Crew: John Landis (Director); Lorne Michaels (Co-writer and producer); Randy Newman (Co-Writer and songs); Elmer Bernstein (Score); Tony Plana, Patrice Martinez, Jon Lovitz, Joe Mantegna, Phil Hartman, Brian Thompson
What It’s About: Three silent era film stars, Lucky Day (Steve Martin, who also co-wrote and executive produced), Dusty Bottoms (Chevy Chase) and Ned Nederlander (Martin Short), let go by their studio, come to a small Mexican village on what they believe is a personal appearance. When they realize the villagers believe they are the characters they played in Westerns, they must decide if they want to stay to live the roles they’ve only played on-screen or abandon the village to its fate.
Why Watch it Today?: Alfonso Arau, the Mexican director, producer, and actor who plays the villainous El Guapo in today’s film, turns 80 today. Arau’s casting here is deft, not just because he steals the show from his better known American co-stars, but because Arau himself played similar characters in Westerns such as The Wild Bunch.
Where to Get It: Rent it at Amazon or iTunes; Netflix (DVD)