Synopsis by Michael Hastings
Critically acclaimed in its homeland but barely seen stateside, this 1986 Mexican-language Western concerns the dangerous attraction between two rogue horsemen and the woman that comes between them. Its title a potent card-shark metaphor, El Tres de Copas concerns the exploits of Pedro and Damian (Humberto Zurita and Alejandro Camacho), two brothers by family if not by blood, who travel the untamed, post-Mexican War West in search of whatever quick cons they can pull. When the lovely, mysterious Casilda (Gabriela Roel) comes between them, each finds that his loyalty to the other will be put to the test. El Tres de Copas was nominated for numerous Ariel Awards -- the Mexican equivalent of the Academy Awards -- after its release.
card-dealer, gambling, horseback-riding, robbery, rogue, war